Audi S1, RS1 Could Use 2.0T Engine, Feature AWD

Audi S1, RS1 Could Use 2.0T Engine, Feature AWD
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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… Continue Reading...

Audi Stunt Drivers Roll A1 During Demonstration

Audi Stunt Drivers Roll A1 During Demonstration
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A stunt driving demo went all wrong for Audi, as professional drivers ended up rolling one of their new A1 subcompact hatches during a demonstration in Brussels. Drivers piloted the A1 up and down a specially-constructed half pipe in the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels, as a means of promoting the new model. Rather than wowing… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Confirms Audi S1, Jetta R

Volkswagen Confirms Audi S1, Jetta R
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Volkswagen confirmed today that an Audi S1 and a Jetta R are in the pipeline, but quashed rumors of an upcoming Polo R model. In an interview with drive.com.au, Dr. Ernst Linder, responsible for developing the Polo GTI, said that an Audi S1 would be offered with the familiar 1.4L twincharge unit and 7-speed DSG… Continue Reading...

Audi A1 a Hit in Europe, Still Not Coming to North America

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Audi A1 a Hit in Europe, Still Not Coming to North America
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Despite an even better than expected reception in Europe, Audi still has no plans to bring its A1 subcompact model to North America. Initial production for Europe was scheduled to be 50,000 units, but Audi may look at upping that number thanks to overwhelming demand. In Europe the “small premium” segment is catching on fast… Continue Reading...

Audi Showing Seven Custom A1 Models at Wörthersee GTI Meet

Audi Showing Seven Custom A1 Models at Wörthersee GTI Meet
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At the annual “Wörthersee Tour” GTI meet in Austria, Audi is aiming to make an impression with VW owners by showcasing seven custom versions of its new A1 model. Along with six “tuner” models is an Amalfi White A1 featuring Audi’s new Competition Kits. The A1 “competition kit legends interior plus” model not only features… Continue Reading...

Justin Timberlake and Audi A1 Team Up in ‘The Next Big Thing’

Justin Timberlake and Audi A1 Team Up in ‘The Next Big Thing’
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Justin Timberlake as an IT specialist: worst idea ever? Audi apparently doesn’t feel the same way we do. We feel that nothing can come close to BMW’s The Hire series of Internet films, the other German luxury car maker seems to think that putting an ex-N’Sync member behind the wheel of an A1 to “save… Continue Reading...

Geneva 2010: Audi A1 Brings Sexy Back but Justin Timberlake Seemed Less Than N’Sync

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Geneva 2010: Audi A1 Brings Sexy Back but Justin Timberlake Seemed Less Than N’Sync
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Audi really went all out to promote its new A1 at the Geneva Auto Show. Newly-signed brand ambassador Justin Timberlake gave Audi’s press conference star power, drawing one of the largest crowds on media day. Unfortunately the pop star’s appearance was a little underwhelming in this reporter’s opinion. Lesson #1: If you’re going to have… Continue Reading...

Geneva 2010: Audi A1 E-Tron First Live Photos

Geneva 2010: Audi A1 E-Tron First Live Photos
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Along with the launch of the new Audi A1 at the Geneva Auto Show, the automaker unveiled an E-Tron electric vehicle concept. The A1 E-Tron is powered by a 102 hp electric motor with a range of 31.07 miles. A compact Wankel rotary engine kicks in when needed to recharge the lithium-ion battery, potentially extending… Continue Reading...

Geneva 2010: Audi Debuting A1 E-Tron in Geneva

Geneva 2010: Audi Debuting A1 E-Tron in Geneva
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As expected, Audi is unveiling a new A1 model to its e-Tron family of electric vehicles at the Geneva Auto Show. The A1 e-Tron is powered by an electric motor with an internal combustion engine that is used only to recharge the motor’s battery. The motor has a continuous output of 61 hp but can… Continue Reading...

Geneva Preview: Audi A1-Based E-Tron Concept Rumored for Geneva Debut

Geneva Preview: Audi A1-Based E-Tron Concept Rumored for Geneva Debut
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With Audi having already provided all the details and pictures on its new A1 model that’s set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show this week, the German automaker seems to have a little surprise up its sleeve. And we do mean little. Having shown the E-tron concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show and a… Continue Reading...

Audi A1 Officially Unveiled as MINI Cooper Rival for Europe

Audi A1 Officially Unveiled as MINI Cooper Rival for Europe
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Audi has just released info and photos on its new sub-compact premium model, the A1. Designed to rival the MINI Cooper, the A1 features Audi’s new trademark oversized grille, although from other angles it’s noticeably less cool. Size-wise it is quite small at just 155.5-inches in length (with a 97.2-inch wheelbase), 68.5-inches wider and 56-inches… Continue Reading...

Report: Upcoming A1 Won’t Get Audi’s Quattro All-Wheel Drive System

Report: Upcoming A1 Won’t Get Audi’s Quattro All-Wheel Drive System
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Audi’s upcoming A1 small car is set to arrive in Europe in 2010, but unlike the rest of the Audi lineup, the car won’t be offered with the German automaker’s impressive quattro all-wheel drive system. Instead the car will be front-drive only – even the high-performance S1 and RS1 (hypothetical at this point) will stay… Continue Reading...