Having recently driven the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI (185ps S tronic) we were very impressed but left wanting more a hard core version. Now Audi have announced the Audi A1 quattro, although only left hand drive and limited to just 333 cars, it would seem our wishes have come true.
Powered by a 2.0-litre TFSI engine and mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, the Audi A1 quattro delivers 256PS at 6,000rpm and produces 350Nm of torque between 2,500 and 4,500rpm with is enough to do 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and then onto a top speed 152mph with a combined mpg figure of 33.2
The All Wheel Drive A1 quattro will be available in the second half of 2012 on main land Europe – with Audi starting UK imports if the demand is there – which might mean buying abroad before they are all sold out.
Not only will it be AWD it will also be All White - finished exclusively in Glacier White metallic, complemented by 18-inch turbine design alloy wheels also in Glacier White and a high-gloss black roof. It will also distinguish itself visually through an exclusive design for the front and rear bumpers, the grille and its frame, red painted ‘wings’ within the headlights, a large two-colour rear spoiler and two sizeable, 100-millimetre diameter polished exhaust tailpipes.
At 3,987 millimetres in length, the A1 quattro is 33 millimetres longer than the ‘standard’ car on which it is based. It matches its counterparts for width and height, standing at 1,740 millimetres and 1,416 millimetres respectively. Luggage capacity is 210 litres with seats up rising to 860 litres with seats folded.
We are now left wondering if we should order one for Christmas, we are expecting the price to be around £34,000Published 21 December 2011