The Audi S1 Sportback quattro is now on sale in Australia from $49,900. It is undisputedly the most powerful car in its segment. The S1 has all of the traditional ‘S’ features, such as uprated suspension, brakes, and a sporty interior.
Under the bonnet sits a TFSI 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder which produces 170kW and 370Nm. The engine uses dual injection (direct and manifold) and also features Audi valvelift system. Average fuel consumption is rated at 7.1L/100km for combined usage.
In terms of performance the S1 can shoot from 0-100km/h in just 5.9 seconds, and can run on to a top speed of 250km/h.
The S1 comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, with no availability of an automatic transmission. The steering is an all-new electromechanical power steering unit, featuring modified pivot bearings.
The Audi all-wheel drive quattro system has been specifically tuned for the S1, and features components such as an electronic differential lock and a rear-mounted hydraulic multi-plate clutch. It’s a two-stage deactivation unit with finely metered braking intervention on the inside wheels when cornering for a more agile feel.
Under the rear of the S1 sits a four-link rear axle with a MacPherson strut arrangement at the front. Sitting at all four corners is a set of 17×7.5 alloy wheels with 215/40 R17 tyres, with 18-inch wheels with 225/35 R18 tyres an optional extra.
With a kerb weight of just 1340kg, the S1 offers an impressive power-to-weight ratio given its powertrain credentials.
The braking system has been given a large brake master cylinder along with large 310mm discs up front. The calipers wear a coat of red paint and feature the S1 logo (optional).
Exterior highlights include xenon headlights, LED rear lights with horizontally structured graphics, a large roof spoiler, exhaust system with four tailpipes, and side skirts. Buyers can also option up to the quattro exterior styling packages for a sportier look.
Jump inside the cabin and you find a pair of sporty bucket seats with S1 insignia, as well as a host of aluminium highlights throughout. The interior is finished predominately in black, with some of the S-specific instruments coated in dark grey.
PerformanceDrive is at the local launch in Hobart and will post the review shortly. Video coming as well.