Audi A1 Quattro: The S1’s super-rare predecessor

The Audi A1 Quattro

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Audi A1 quattro is the top-of-the-range in the very successful A1 model series.

Its two-litre (1,984 cc, four-cylinder) turbocharged engine produces 188 kW and 350 Nm of torque delivered to all four wheels. The Audi A1 quattro sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 245 km/h

Every detail of this sporty, resounding four-cylinder engine has been optimised for high performance and low fuel consumption. Fuel injection, and turbocharger with an intercooler and a regulated oil pump are just a few examples and still providing an estimated 8.5 litres of fuel per 00 kms with a performance of a sports car.

The TFSI motor delivers its power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via a precise shifting six-speed transmission. The heart of this system is an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch whose package of plates rotates in an oil bath.

During normal driving, the clutch sends most of the engine’s power to the front wheels. If traction decreases there, the clutch can transfer torque steplessly to the rear axle in just a few milliseconds by forcing the packages of plates together by a defined amount. A pressure reservoir helps the electric pump to develop the oil pressure. If a wheel on one of the axles should slip, it is braked by the electronic differential lock (EDL).

The placement of the multi-plate clutch at the rear axle provides for a harmonious distribution of the axle loads, and the chassis of the Audi A1 quattro has been adapted to the dynamics of the drivetrain. It is much more tautly tuned than that of the production model. The front suspension is a McPherson construction; a four-link axle is used at the rear. The sensitive and efficient electrohydraulic power §teering has a sporty, direct 14.8:1 §teering ratio.

One look is all it takes to see that the Audi A1 quattro is a very special vehicle. It is available only in Glacier White metallic, and its roof is painted high-gloss black. The front bumper is muscular, the frame and grate of the single-frame grille are high-gloss black. The curved bars in the headlights – the wings – are red. The grille, the roof arch and the rear hatch sport quattro badges.

The rear windows are tinted; the roof flows into a large, two-color wing. The color black accentuates the rear hatch and the diffuser. The LED rear lights are tinted; the rear bumper sports a distinctive look. The exhaust system terminates in two polished dual tailpipes on the left and the right, each measuring 100 millimeters (3.94 in) in diameter. The A1 quattro is 3,987 millimeters long, 1,740 millimeters wide and 1,416 millimeters tall, making it somewhat longer than the model on which it is based.
Cool, sporty black dominates the interior of the Audi A1 quattro. The seats and the armrests on the doors are covered in Silk Nappa leather.
The instrument cluster has a number of eye-catching features, including white needles, a red tachometer, the quattro logo and the color display for the driver information system. The multifunction sport steering wheel is flattened at the bottom, wrapped in leather with contrasting red stitching and sports the car’s serial number. The shift lever knob is made of aluminium. Many control elements have an aluminium-look finish.

It includes many features taken directly from the luxury class, including xenon plus headlights, high-beam assistant, adaptive brake lights, LED interior lighting package, light and rain sensor, automatically dimming interior mirror, rear parking system, automatic air conditioning, alarm system, storage package, convenience key and cruise control.

The infotainment equipment likewise leaves nothing to be desired. It includes a CD changer, a digital radio tuner, the Audi music interface and MMI navigation plus.

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