Audi‘s S1 hot hatch will make its debut at the Paris Auto Show, but forget about being able to buy it stateside. As we previously reported, the A1 range will not be coming here until 2014, when the car is due for a re-design.
The S1 is expected to borrow heavily from its platform-mates the VW Polo GTI and SEAT Ibiza FR. While there are rumors that the 2.0TFSI motor may be shoehorned in to the S1′s tiny engine bay, the most likely powerplant will be the 1.4L TFSI, which makes 170 horsepower from its twincharged four-banger. With a 7-speed DSG and a low curb weight, the S1 should be a competent performer, and have the Audi cachet that its lesser siblings don’t have. The auto industry’s new-found focus on efficiency and small cars should also make the S1 a hit among people more concerned with style than performance.
[Source: Car and Driver]