Audi is certain to develop a high-performance version of its new A1 model in a bid to compete with the JCW-tuned MINI Cooper. So with production all but confirmed, the only questions remaining are: what engine will it have and will it be AWD?
In an interview with the folks at PistonHeads during the European A1 launch, the car’s product boss, Lars Adler, admitted that engines currently in use in the A3 could be made to fit under the hood of the A1. He also acknowledged that the A3’s AWD system could be adapted to the A1 – but not as easily.
There are serious doubts that a high-powered S1 or RS1 would use AWD, due to the added weight and the fact that none of the competing vehicles use it. As for the engines, a 200ish horsepower 2.0T engine would certainly make the A1 a blast to drive. Currently the most potent engine offered is a 1.4 TSI with 121-hp and 147 ft-lbs of torque. Another strong possibility for the A1 is the new Polo GTIs engine, a 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger (supercharged and turbocharged) which makes 178-hp.