The Renault Clio RS-rivalling S1 is expected to run a new turbocharged 2.0-litre version of Audi’s in-house-developed EA888 engine
23 August 2013

The 220bhp Audi S1, set to rival the Renault Clio RS, has been spotted undergoing testing.

The car is expected to launch in 2014 following a debut at the Geneva motor show next year. Audi's new entry-level hot hatch will get quattro all-wheel drive, so expect a 0-62mph time of about 6.5sec.

Alongside the launch of the S1 Audi will introduce a facelift for the standard A1. This S1 test mule reveals that the A1’s revised look is inspired by the larger A3. Changes will include new front and rear bumpers, an A3-inspired front headlight design and a new front grille. 

The Renault Clio RS-rivalling S1 is expected to run a new turbocharged 2.0-litre version of Audi’s in-house-developed EA888 engine.

Audi's four-cylinder unit, complete with the German car maker’s patented valve-lift system for continuously variable valve control, is set to provide the hottest A1 model with around 220bhp. That’s 38bhp more than the turbocharged, 1.4-litre, four-cylinder-powered Audi A1 1.4 TFSI, but 32bhp less than the limited-run A1 quattro model, all 333 of which have been built in left-hand drive.

Channelling the S1 engine’s reserves will be either a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with a Haldex-style multi-plate clutch four-wheel-drive system. The car has previously been spotted testing at the Nurburgring. 

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23 August 2013

I hope it does have 4wd and the 2 litre engine, but I've got a horrible feeling that there's going to be a nasty surprise.

Maybe it'll be front wheel drive only or they'll use a 1.6 litre engine, but I hope not.

If the engine can get the normal VAG remapping treatment then this could well be my next car (Assuming its 4wd and has the 2 litre engine).

23 August 2013

Since when were they rivals?

23 August 2013

Londonist wrote:

Since when were they rivals?

Yeah I agree, and if a 4wd 2 litre turbo Audi can't easily beat a fwd 1.6 litre Clio then something is wrong!

 

23 August 2013

Renault has made some of the best hot hatches ever, Audi are just largesse.

23 August 2013

Interesting when they say the A1's forthcoming look is inspired by the latest A3, as whenever I see a new A3 coming towards me I just think its an A1...

24 August 2013

Renault know how to make a sporty supermini...

 

Audi know how to make expensive VW Polos

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