2015 Audi S1
The S1’s specifications are quite similar to its limited-run predecessor’s. The new car is also powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four, and uses a six-speed manual, while top speed is 155 mph—3 mph faster than the A1 Quattro’s.
In order to make this S1, engineers had to make a number of modifications from the front-drive A1, which is about three inches longer than a Ford Fiesta ST but nearly identical in every other dimension. For starters, an all-wheel-drive system needed to be fitted, making the S1 the first mass-produced all-wheel-drive A1, as was a new multilink rear suspension and making accommodations for the larger engine—the A1’s powertrain lineup maxes out at a 1.4-liter.
Rated at 231 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, the S1's EA888 2.0-liter turbo four is less powerful than the A1 Quattro’s EA113 powerplant, but it produces more torque. Audi says that the S1 can sprint from standstill to 62 mph in 5.8 seconds, or 5.9 seconds in the five-door S1 Sportback, and achieve 34 mpg on the utopian European cycle.
The S1 looks aggressive, with its unique fascia treatments and quad exhaust outlets. The look can be enhanced with an exterior design package that adds “Quattro” graphics, a large rear wing, and blacked-out trim on the hatch.
The interior is fitted with special gauges and sport seats, although buyers can upgrade the latter to "S" seats with integrated headrests. Interior materials are dark and businesslike, lending the cabin the air of seriousness that’s commonplace in the car’s larger siblings.
Given the S1's performance and level of refinement, its German-market price of €24,259.