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Audi developing RS1 model

By SYF77 on 20 Nov 2010

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According to a report by German auto magazine Auto Bild, Audi will be calling the sport-version of the A1 the RS1.

VW and Audi are reported to be modifying their PQ25 platform to allow for an all-wheel drive A1 variant and Polo R to be produced. Auto Bild is reporting that the quattro-fitted A1 variant will not be called the S1 as was previously reported, but Audi will skip that moniker altogether and badge the variant as the RS1.

That RS1 model will likely be powered by a 2.0 liter TFSI unit, similar to the one found in the Golf GTI model. It will however be tuned to around 220 PS in order to outdo the 211 PS Mini Cooper JCW, which Audi sees as the RS1's main competitor.

Distinguishing the RS1 visually will be a unique body kit that will include wider fender flares. Expect the RS1 to hit the market in early 2012.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Turboflat4 Nov 20 2010 09:18 PM
With a badge like "RS1", I'd have expected it to be a competitor to the 135i. Sadly, it's not even in the same league, power-wise.
Ihealthcare Nov 22 2010 11:56 AM
Audi will be skipping the S1 moniker altogether and the RS1 model will likely be fitted with a 2.0 liter TFSI power plant tuned to around 220 PS (162 kW) powering the Quattro all-wheel drive system
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