The latest A1 is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected four cylinder power plant used in the S3. It puts out 252bhp at 6000 rpm and 258lb-ft of torque from 2500 to 4500 rpm. Audi claims that AWD A1 will match the S3s 0-60 mph sprint time of 5.7 Secs with a top speed of 152 mph. The power is transferred to the four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
In terms of safety, the A1 wears grippy 225/35 R18 tires with larger discs at all the four corners. The ESP has been modified for high-performance duty and a new electronically controlled differential lock will keep wheelspin at bay. The A1 is fitted with a modified MacPherson strut suspension at the front and a multi-link system at the rear. Due to the AWD setup, the truck space has shrunk by 2.1 cubic feet as compared to the standard model.
The interior differentiates itself from the regular A1 with a new instrument panel, aluminum pedals, heavily bolstered buckets and black leather with red stitching.