Spy pics show the new Audi S1 testing undisguised outside the Nürburgring; Paris launch next month

Audi’s rival for the Mini Cooper S, the S1, has been caught undisguised near the Nürburgring in Germany ahead of its debut at the Paris motor show late next month.

As expected, the S1’s look is borrowed from the standard car’s S-line package, including lowered suspension, 17in alloy wheels and a small spoiler at the trailing edge of the roof.

See the exclusive undisguised spy pics of the new Audi S1

The model spied here gives away its identity with a larger exhaust, while our spy photographer noted the S1 had a much louder and more distinctive sound than the rest of the A1 range.

Audi has yet to confirm any technical details on the car, but it’s understood to use a tuned version of the VW Group’s 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, producing around 180bhp and 184lb ft.

Read Autocar's full scoop story on the new Audi S1, including an exclusive rendering

The S1 will be front-wheel drive, making it the first S-badged Audi to do without a quattro drivetrain. The gearbox will be a seven-speed double-clutch unit, with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Expect the S1 to match the Cooper S’s performance figures; Audi technical development boss Michael Dick has said the firm is aiming for a 0-62mph time of less than seven seconds and a top speed of more than 140mph.

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Our Verdict

The A1 is a stylish, high quality and competent supermini, if a little expensive, it has the cabin quality and powertrain refinement that we’ve come to expect from an Audi.

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19 August 2010

As I read elsewhere the A1, with its upmarket interior and equipment specification, is betrayed by its dynamics and mechanicals as a 'very nice mirage'. It looks like there's something wonderful there until the moment you drive it.

If the Polo GTI is anything to go by, this car has the real possibility of being a ride/handling balance disaster.

19 August 2010

Looks more like an elongated FIAT 500 every time I look at it.

19 August 2010

Looks ok, but not special or drifferent enough compared to a normal S-line spec A1. I said in the Q3 thread that I dislike Audi's current aggressive styling, but the A1 is growing on me

19 August 2010

[quote pabs]Looks more like an elongated FIAT 500 every time I look at it. [/quote]

Weird....that's exactly what I thought....especially that rear pillar....

19 August 2010

[quote mantaray]

[quote pabs]Looks more like an elongated FIAT 500 every time I look at it. [/quote]

Weird....that's exactly what I thought....especially that rear pillar....

[/quote] i too thought exactly the same thing!!! i quite like the wheels on this car...... and thats about it!!! I just find this car horrid, especially from the rear!

19 August 2010

No quattro and no more power than its vw equivalent!? Can't believe they are calling this a s1

Myk

19 August 2010

[quote mantaray]

[quote pabs]Looks more like an elongated FIAT 500 every time I look at it. [/quote]

Weird....that's exactly what I thought....especially that rear pillar....

[/quote]

You can add me to that list too. It looks like an Abarth 500 with an overly-agressive nose job.

19 August 2010

the abarth 500 is roughly 3 billion times better looking than this awkward looking little runt!

19 August 2010

Was going to say how much it looks like a 500 abarth but I see that I'm not the only one to have noticed. Shorten the bonnet volume by 50% and it's basically identical. They need some new ideas in Audi. Surely on a small car like this they could have been a bit more daring.

19 August 2010

Fabia vRS £15700 + £1320 =

Seat Ibiza Cupra £17020 + £1255=

Polo GTI £18275 + £1300 (?)=

Audi S1 £19575 (?)

Clio Gordini £19650, gone by Xmas though cos of EU5.

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