Audi S1 and S1 Sportback take center stage

The S1 and S1 Sportback are the two latest top-of-the-line models to join Audi’s A1, compact line-up. Both S1s take on instantly recognizable exterior and interior elements that propel them to their respective flagship status. (click to enlarge)

The Audi S1 and S1 Sportback get new xenon plus headlights and LED rear lights with horizontally structured graphics. A host of details, particularly on the front and rear bumper, the side sills and the exhaust system; boast more striking styling. Four new exterior colors supplement the available paint finishes. The optional quattro exterior styling package hones the look further, courtesy of features such as a large roof spoiler. Audi factory fits 17-inch wheels with 215/40 R17 tyres for the S1s, with 18-inch and 225/35 R18 valid as an option.

Audi S1 and S1 Sportback boast striking interior and more

Interior-wise, the scheme takes on dark tones and predominantly black trimmings. The instruments feature S-specific dark-gray scales, while the pedal caps are made out of brushed stainless steel. As an alternative to the standard sport seats, Audi fits the S sport seats with integrated head restraints. The quattro interior styling package is available as an option for the S1 range.

A high-performance four-cylinder unit provides the drive. The 2.0 TFSI fitted with a turbocharger develops 231 hp and produces up to 370 Nm of torque. The 2.0 powerplant trots from zero to hundred in 5.8 seconds and 5.9 secs; S1 and S1 Sportback respectively.Top speed reaches an electronically limited point of 250 km/h.

Like all Audi S variants, the S1 and the S1 Sportback also come with quattro permanent all-wheel drive onboard. At its heart is a hydraulic multi-plate clutch located on the rear axle. Its specifically tuned control software boasts a decidedly dynamic setup. The electronic differential lock with the fine-tuned wheel-selective torque control is a function of the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC). It features two-stage deactivation and supplements the work of the multi-plate clutch with additional finely metered braking intervention on the inside wheels; the interaction of both systems makes for extremely agile, precise and stable handling.

Performance-oriented enhancements and price details of the S1 and S1 Sportback

Further enhancements to the S1s include revamped suspension (front and rear), more agile power steering and modified pivot bearings on the front axle. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system comes with a range of settings to vary the response of the engine, automatic air conditioning and the standard variable shock absorbers. For dependable stopping, a larger brake master cylinder as well as large brake discs (front 310 mm) ensure excellent deceleration. Red brake calipers with S1 logo are available as an option.

The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback are retailed at €29,950 and €30,800; first in Deutschland by the second quarter of the year, then in selected markets globally.

Edited: Audi

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