Just prior to its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, Audi have released pictures of their new A1 concept. Designed as a direct competitor to the Mini Cooper the Audi A1 concept is notable for its showcased technology rather than a Mini-esque retro sense of style. The A1 is powered by Audi?s 1.4-litre TFSI engine that produces 112Kw (150hp) and is paired with an S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. The tricky bit is out the back of the A1, where Audi have slotted in a 30kW (41hp) electric motor that delivers its power to the rear wheels. Stand on the loud pedal and the electric motor is capable of delivering a whopping 200Nm of torque.
The lithium-ion battery powered electric motor can be charged through any normal electrical outlet and is capable of powering the A1 Concept in residential traffic for up to 100km without assistance from the petrol engine.
The usual hybrid type technologies are featured, including engine stop/start and brake energy regeneration, which Audi say help to reduce fuel consumption by 15 percent. The electric motor ?system? adds an additional 70kg to the weight of the A1, yet the combination of the two engines shrugs off the weight penalty and sees the A1 sprint from 0-100km/h in an impressive 7.8 sec, on to a top speed of 201km/h. Fuel economy is an equally impressive 4.9L/100 with CO2 emissions averaging 112g/km.
The A1 uses the same magnetic ride shock absorber technology as seen in the R8 and TT Audi models. The concept features 18in wheels as well as Audi?s trademark LED running lights and headlights, features that are unlikely to make it through to the production model.
An iphone-like device that Audi call the ?Audi mobile device? is housed in the A1?s dash and is used as an authorization device for the A1 in addition to it doubling as a Wi-Fi and MP3 player. The Audi mobile device can unlock the doors and allow you to turn on the A1?s heater from a distance, if you so desire.
[Source: TheTorqueReport and Autoblog]