lb-ft @ 2500-4500 rpm
hp @ 6000 rpm
hp per liter
(from Audi Press
Release) The new head of the compact class: The Audi A1
Limited-production (333 units) A1 quattro beginning 2012
188 kW (256 hp), quattro drive, 0 – 100 km/h in 5.7
Dynamic look inside and out, thoroughly equipped
Audi is crowning its
successful A1 model series with an exclusive top-of-the-line model.
The dynamic A1 quattro, limited to just 333 units, moves to the head
of the compact class. Its two-liter, turbocharged engine produces
188 kW (256 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque, which is
delivered to all four wheels. The Audi A1 quattro sprints from zero
to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 245
km/h (152.24 mph).
The A1 quattro is powered by the 2.0 TFSI engine. The 1,984 cc,
four-cylinder engine combines gasoline direct injection with
turbocharging in the classic Audi manner. Among its highlights are
the adjustable intake cam shaft and the two balance shafts, which
ensure smooth operation. Maximum torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) is
continuously available between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm, and peak power
(188 kW/256 hp) is developed at 6,000 rpm.
Every detail of the sporty, sonorous four-cylinder engine has been
optimized for high performance and low fuel consumption. Common rail
injection, a turbocharger with intercooler and a regulated oil pump
are just a few examples. The Audi A1 quattro is expected to consume
on average 8.6 liters of fuel per 100 km (27.67 US mpg). Yet it
performs like a top-notch sports car: The standard sprint takes just
5.7 seconds, and top speed is 245 km/h (152.24 mph).
The 2.0 TFSI delivers its power to the quattro permanent all-wheel
drive system via a precisely shifting six-speed transmission,
bringing Vorsprung durch Technik to the small-car class. The heart
of this system is an electronically controlled, hydraulically
actuated multi-plate clutch whose package of plates rotates in an
During normal driving, the clutch sends most of the engine’s power
to the front wheels. If traction decreases there, the clutch can
transfer torque steplessly to the rear axle in just a few
milliseconds by forcing the packages of plates together by a defined
amount. A pressure reservoir helps the electric pump to develop the
oil pressure. If a wheel on one of the axles should slip, it is
braked by the electronic differential lock (EDL).
The placement of the multi-plate clutch at the rear axle provides
for a harmonious distribution of the axle loads, and the chassis of
the Audi A1 quattro has been adapted to the dynamics of the
drivetrain. It is much more tautly tuned than that of the production
model. The front suspension is a McPherson construction; a four-link
axle is used at the rear. The sensitive and efficient
electrohydraulic power steering has a sporty, direct 14.8:1 steering
The Audi A1 quattro rolls on 8.0 J x 18 cast alloy wheels. They are
Glacier White, feature an exclusive turbine design and are fitted
with 225/35-series tires. The internally vented front brake discs
measure 312 millimeters (12.28 in) in diameter and are gripped by
black calipers. The ESP stabilization program includes a sport mode
and can be switched off entirely for a trip to the race track, for
One look is all it takes to see that the Audi A1 quattro is a very
special vehicle. It is available only in Glacier White metallic, and
its roof is painted high-gloss black. The front bumper is muscular,
the frame and grate of the single-frame grille are high-gloss black.
The curved bars in the headlights – the wings – are red. The grille,
the roof arch and the rear hatch sport quattro badges.
The rear windows are tinted; the roof flows into a large, two-color
wing. The color black accentuates the rear hatch and the diffuser.
The LED rear lights are tinted; the rear bumper sports a distinctive
look. The exhaust system terminates in two polished dual tailpipes
on the left and the right, each measuring 100 millimeters (3.94 in)
in diameter. The A1 quattro is 3,987 millimeters (13.08 ft) long,
1,740 millimeters (5.71 ft) wide and 1,416 millimeters (4.65 ft)
tall, making it somewhat longer than the model on which it is based.
Luggage capacity is 210 liters (7.42 cu ft); folding down the rear
seats increases this to 860 liters (30.37 cu ft).
Cool, sporty black dominates the interior of the Audi A1 quattro.
The seats and the armrests on the doors are covered in Silk Nappa
leather with contrasting red seams. The S sport seats up front have
pronounced bolsters, integrated head restraints and a quattro badge
on the backrest covers. The seats feature multi-way adjustment. The
lower section of the center console shines in high-gloss black; the
footrest and the pedal caps are made of brushed stainless steel. Red
seams frame the floor mats, and the door sill trims bear A1 quattro
The instrument cluster has a number of eye-catching features,
including white needles, a red tachometer, the quattro logo and the
color display for the driver information system. The multifunction
sport steering wheel is flattened at the bottom, wrapped in leather
with contrasting red stitching and sports the car’s serial number.
The shift lever knob is made of aluminum. Many control elements have
an aluminum-look finish.
The Audi A1 quattro will be available from the second half of 2012
and will be supplied to customers with a full range of equipment. It
includes many features taken directly from the luxury class,
including xenon plus headlights, high-beam assistant, adaptive brake
lights, LED interior lighting package, light and rain sensor,
automatically dimming interior mirror, rear parking system,
automatic air conditioning, alarm system, storage package,
convenience key and cruise control.
The infotainment equipment likewise leaves nothing to be desired. It
includes a CD changer, a digital radio tuner, the Audi music
interface and MMI navigation plus. The Bose sound system drives 14
speakers with 465 watts of power; the woofers in the doors are
indirectly lit with light guide LEDs. Audi connect uses the
Bluetooth online car phone to connect to the Internet and deliver
special web services, including Google Earth, to the car. Passengers
can also connect their mobile devices to the integrated WLAN