A great name makes a comeback

A great name makes a comeback

Audi S1

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. Now the S1 is back – but this time as a road car not a rally car.

The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback are the new flagships of the A1 compact hatch line, adding an entry-level version to the Audi S model portfolio.

The two models are powered by a 170kW 2-litre turbocharged TFSI engine producing 370 Nm of torque which is harnessed to the tarmac by a quattro permanent all-wheel drive and an extensively revamped suspension.

Audi says the S1 and the S1 Sportback set the benchmark in their class for dynamic performance.

Acceleration from zero to 100km/h in the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback is quoted at 5.8 and 5.9 seconds respectively. The top speed is 250 km/h.

Mirroring the other Audi S models, the S1 and the S1 Sportback also come with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. At its heart is a hydraulic multi-plate clutch located on the rear axle. Its specifically tuned control software boasts a decidedly dynamic setup says Audi. The electronic differential lock with the fine-tuned wheel-selective torque control is a function of the electronic stabilisation control (ESC). It features two-stage deactivation and supplements the work of the multi-plate clutch with additional finely metered braking intervention on the inside wheels – the interaction of both systems makes for extremely agile, precise and stable handling says Audi.

The suspension on the two compact sport models has been extensively revamped. The electromechanical power steering has been newly developed. Modified pivot bearings on the front axle enhance spontaneity when turning. At the rear a four-link design replaces the compound link rear suspension used on the A1 models.

An Audi drive select dynamic handling system comes with a range of settings to vary the response of the engine, automatic air conditioning and the variable shock absorbers.

A larger brake master cylinder as well as large brake discs – front 310mm in diameter – ensure excellent stopping says Audi. Red brake callipers with S1 logo can be ordered as an option. The two sporty compact models are supplied ex factory with 17-inch wheels with 215/40 R17 tyres; Audi offers 18-inch wheels with 225/35 R18 tyres as an option.

The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback will be instantly recognisable as the flagship models because there are all-new xenon plus headlights 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 are also available. The optional quattro exterior styling package hones the look further, with features such as a large roof spoiler.

The interior of the two compact sport models is finished in dark tones; black dominates, including on the air vent sleeves. The instruments feature S-specific dark-gray scales; the pedal caps are made out of brushed stainless steel. As an alternative to the standard sport seats, Audi fits the S sport seats with integrated head restraints. The quattro interior styling package can be selected as an option to add striking colour accents.

The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback, will be available at dealers in Germany from the second quarter of 2014. The standard equipment can be supplemented with optional high-end features such as the convenience key, the MMI navigation plus with fold-out colour monitor or the Bose surround sound system. The Audi connect module including car phone provides a connection to the Internet, allowing passengers to access the Internet and send e-mails on their mobile devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot, while the driver enjoys in-car access to tailor-made services from Audi connect.

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