Audi already ignited its small performance segment with the A1 Quattro which was essentially an S1, just without the badge. Wearing an intense body kit and big back wing, the car might be a bit much for some buyers. Then again, there will only be 333 units made overall.
Likely looking to capture a broader market, Audi will also launch the aptly-named S1. While the spy photos here show a prototype, meaning much of the body can change before production, a few hints still peek through. Previous spy photos showed a three-door hatchback version of the S1 and while this car doesn’t have the “S” badging, it has quad tailpipes.
Chances are slim at best that the car will find its way to the North American market any time soon. That’s not to say that it won’t happen, just not until the vehicle’s second generation according to brand boss Rupert Stadler. Even then, that would mark arrival for the A1 and not necessarily the S1.
For now, European buyers can expect a 2.0-liter TFSI four cylinder with somewhere in the range of 220 to 240 hp.