Audi has introduced the madcap S1, a pocket rocket raring to sink its teeth into the ankles of bigger hot hatchback players.
Unique styling and specific “S” model design details ensures that the S1 makes it mark in its segment. The upgrades were holistic – in addition to looks, plenty of attention was directed to overall performance, according to Audi.
The Audi S1 promises all the virtues of an authentic sports car: scintillating acceleration, direct handling and the general feeling that gets one looking for any excuse to drive it. Beneath its stubby hood sits a detuned version of the engine that powers the S3. It’s a two-litre, four-cylinder mill with a turbocharger, punching out 170kW and 370Nm of torque. And the traditionalists can breathe a sigh of relief: it’s only available with a manual transmission.
The two-litre engine shoves the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.8 and 5.9 seconds respectively, on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h. On average the Audi S1 consumes 7.0 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, with an emissions figure of 162 and 166 g/km respectively.
Like all Audi S models, the S1 also comes with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
The Audi S1 range will be priced as follows, standard with the five-year/100 000 km Audi Freeway Plan:
Audi S1 2.0T quattro manual: R 442,000
Audi S1 Sportback 2.0T quattro manual: R 449,500
We attended the launch of the S1 at Kyalami this week. For the full review, pick up your copy of the IgnitionLIVE motoring supplement, free in The Times and Sowetan newspapers this Thursday, 4 December.