THERE’S some hot news for those with a hankering for a seriously hot hatch as Audi has announced the S1 and the S1 Sportback, its new flagship models in the compact A1 model line.
Their 2.0 TFSI produces 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) of torque; the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the extensively revamped suspension put the power effortlessly down onto the road.
Back in the 1980s an Audi S1 garnered a legendary reputation – it was the car that would see the brand dominate the World Rally Championship in its day.
Now, the abbreviation is coming back – but this time as a road-going version.
A high-performance four-cylinder unit provides the drive. The two-litre engine accelerates the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.8 and 5.9 seconds respectively, with a top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph).
On average the sporty, sonorous TFSI consumes just 7.0 or 7.1 litres of fuel per 100km.
The suspension on the two compact sport models has been extensively revamped, along with the electromechanical power steering. The set-up is sporty and firm; the Audi drive select dynamic handling system comes with a range of settings to vary the response of the engine and the standard variable shock absorbers.
Both models are instantly recognisable as the flagship models in the A1 model line. Their xenon-plus headlights are all-new, while the LED rear lights come with new, horizontally-structured graphics.
A host of details – particularly on the front and rear bumper, the side sills and the exhaust system – boast more striking styling.
Four new exterior colours supplement the available paint finishes.
The optional quattro exterior styling package hones the look further, courtesy of features such as a large roof spoiler.
The price of the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback for the Irish market has yet to be confirmed, and will be announced by the end of February.