Official launch date for Audi's hot new S1 confirmed for later this month
14 September 2010

Audi has officially confirmed this month’s Paris motor show as the location for the launch of its new S1 hot hatch.

The Audi S1, seen here in these undisguised spy pics taken last month, is listed as one of the exhibits on the show’s official website, although Audi has yet to release any tech or spec details.

See the undisguised pics of the Audi S1

Autocar understands the S1 will use a tuned version of VW Group’s 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, producing around 180bhp and 184lb ft.

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 dual-clutch unit, with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Read Autocar's scoop story on the new Audi S1

Expect the S1 to match the Mini 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.

These spy pictures reveal 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. A larger exhaust will also feature.

Expect sales of the S1 to start in early 2011, priced from around £19,000.

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14 September 2010

Probably already sold out for the next 12 months!

14 September 2010

[quote ischiaragazzo]Probably already sold out for the next 12 months![/quote] Wouldn't be surprised, especially if the price of £19k stated in the article is correct given how close that is to the Polo GTi price.

14 September 2010

And what's exactly is this car's difference from polo gti, ibiza cupra and fabia rs? same chassis, electronics, engine, transmission! I am pretty sure the quoted performance figures will be better than the rest. Just how polo is faster than ibiza and ibza than fabia albeit the same car......shame!

I wish someday brand enginnering will cease to exist because it is an entirely different thing sharing a platform to sell the same car in 4 different badges!

14 September 2010

Looks like a Fiat 500 with an Audi grill. You cant engineer style but you can botch the copy job Audi.

Im sure it will sell in droves to the utterly mindless sheep who buy the rings!

14 September 2010

[quote scoch] Im sure it will sell in droves to the utterly mindless sheep who buy the rings![/quote]

Couldn't agree more! there are only 2 hot hatches worth buying and both are Renaults.

14 September 2010

What's the point in a s car without quattro and more power than its be equivalent. Say what you like about audio but they have made very few s cars that weren't great cars in their own right.

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