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The Audi S1 Returns

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INGOLSTADT, GERMANY – Feb 13, 2014: A legendary name is making a comeback, as Audi presents the all-new generation of S1 and S1 Sportback, the new flagship models of the compact A1 model line. The 2.0 TFSI engine develops 170 kW and produces 370 Nm of torque, while the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the extensively revamped suspension put the power effortlessly down onto the road. The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback set the benchmark in their class for dynamic performance.

Back in the 1980s, the 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. The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback constitute the new flagship models in the compact A1 model line, adding an entry-level version to the Audi S model portfolio.

“The Audi S1 offers all the virtues of a sports car, great performance, direct handling and permanent quattro drive that puts the power to the road in a superior way,” says Prof. Dr. Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development.

“The quattro drive has a large following of fans, which is sure to become even larger thanks to the offering in this segment.”

A high-performance four-cylinder unit provides the performance. A 2.0 TFSI engine is fitted with a turbocharger, developing 170 kW and producing up to 370 Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre engine accelerates the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.8 and 5.9 seconds respectively. The top speed is 250 km/h. On average the sporty, sonorous TFSI consumes just 7.0 or 7.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, respectively.

Like all Audi S models, the S1 and the S1 Sportback also come with quattro permanent all-wheel drive as standard. At its heart is a hydraulic multi-plate clutch located on the rear axle. Its specifically tuned control software boasts a decidedly dynamic setup. 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.

The suspension on the two compact sport models has been extensively revamped, along with the electromechanical power steering. 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. The setup is sporty and firm, and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system comes with a range of settings to vary the response of the engine, automatic air conditioning and the likewise standard variable shock absorbers.

A larger brake master cylinder, as well as large brake discs (front 310 millimetres in diameter), ensure excellent deceleration. Red brake calipers with S1 logo can be ordered as an option. The two sporty compact models are supplied with 17- or 18-inch wheels and tyres.

The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback 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. The optional quattro exterior styling package hones the look further, courtesy of features such as a large roof spoiler.

The interior of the two compact sport models is finished in dark tones, with black dominating it’s design, including on the air vent sleeves. The instruments feature S-specific dark-grey 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 color accents.

The Audi S1 Sportback is confirmed for Australia, and will arrive in the third quarter of 2014.