Quattro excluded from new Audi A1

Quattro excluded from new Audi A1

Audi A1 design concept fq

Audi and Quattro go together like Marmite and Vogels toast, but according to recent reports the automaker’s all-wheel drive system will be excluded from the upcoming A1 mini car.

It’s come as a surprise that the Quattro tech won’t be added considering that the A1’s design study, the Audi Metroproject Quattro Concept (pictured), which includes the word “Quattro” in its name. While the news might be unpopular with some Audi fans, on the practical side including AWD means additional weight and cost, something that’s inconsistent with the A1’s stated mission.

The A1 will reportedly only be available with one gearbox: a seven speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. Reports state that the A1 will be available throughout Europe in August or September of next year, with a sportback version coming online in late 2011 and a cabriolet in early 2012. The S1 will reportedly begin production in February of 2011 with a 1.4-litre TFSI powerplant that has 180 horsepower and a 0-100 kph sprint time of 6.9 seconds.

The Audi A1 is due to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next March.

Audi A1 design concept fq

Audi and Quattro go together like Marmite and Vogels toast, but according to recent reports the automaker’s all-wheel drive system will be excluded from the upcoming A1 mini car.

It’s come as a surprise that the Quattro tech won’t be added considering that the A1’s design study, the Audi Metroproject Quattro Concept (pictured), which includes the word “Quattro” in its name. While the news might be unpopular with some Audi fans, on the practical side including AWD means additional weight and cost, something that’s inconsistent with the A1’s stated mission.

The A1 will reportedly only be available with one gearbox: a seven speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. Reports state that the A1 will be available throughout Europe in August or September of next year, with a sportback version coming online in late 2011 and a cabriolet in early 2012. The S1 will reportedly begin production in February of 2011 with a 1.4-litre TFSI powerplant that has 180 horsepower and a 0-100 kph sprint time of 6.9 seconds.

The Audi A1 is due to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next March.

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