Audi unveils little beauty ready to roar in hot hatch market

Audi have released details of its new S1 before its Geneva debut.
Audi have released details of its new S1 before its Geneva debut.

At last, the long-awaited Audi S1 hot hatch has been unveiled before its official debut at next month's Geneva Auto Show.

Available as three-door and five-door Sportback variants, as is its regular A1 counterpart, the S1 is expected to make its presence known in the fiercely competitive small hot hatch market.

The S1 will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to Audi's proven quattro all-wheel-drive system. The combination of both drivetrain and engine (sourced from the VW Golf GTi) will allow the S1 to rocket from zero to 100km/h in a claimed 5.8 seconds and producing 170kW and 370Nm of torque.

Reports from overseas claim the S1 will have a six-speed-manual gearbox as standard. While rumours of Audi's seven-speed dual clutch S-Tronic have yet to be confirmed.

Packing a more chiselled front and rear, the S1 borrows cues from the 2011 A1 clubsport quattro concept like a bootlid black strip, diffuser and cap-on-backwards spoiler.

New LED headlights with red detailing and a wider mesh grill complete the aggressive ensemble.

The interior is carried over from the A1 with the addition of 'S' emblems, red-rimmed air vents and colour accents below the centre consol.

More will be revealed after the car's official launch at Geneva.

- NZ Herald

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