UPDATE: Audi Australia officially confirms the S1 quattro for Australia
And hot on the heels of that announcement, Audi Australia has confirmed that the S1 quattro is locked in for a local release, with the AWD pocket rocket expected to land in Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2014.
So far only the five-door Sportback bodystyle has been confirmed for Australia, and the S1 will be offered exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.
With a turbocharged 2.0 litre inline four under the bonnet, the S1 quattro will produce 170kW of power and 370Nm of torque, and will be capable of rocketing to 100km/h from standstill in 5.8 seconds.
It will also be Audi's most affordable S-badged model ever. Audi Australia has yet to lock in a price, but expects it to wear a pricetag around the $50,000 mark.
That will put it in direct competition with the MINI Cooper JCW hatch, which costs $50,400, has 15kW less power and only two driven wheels.
The ‘S1’ name will refer to the three-door body style, while the ‘S1 Sportback’ refers to the five-door version.
The zero to 100km/h sprint is covered in a claimed 5.8 seconds for the S1 and 5.9 for the S1 Sportback, with each variant limited to a top speed of 248km/h.
Fuel economy for the three-door S1 is listed at 7.0 l/100km while consumption in the Sportback rises to 7.1 l/100km.
On the styling front, the new S1 brings familiar S-based design and aero enhancements, while also offering a first look at the regular A1’s coming update.
Sharpened ‘xenon plus’ headlights dominate the face, wrapped in a new LED daytime running-lights design and a red highlight.
Larger ports in the front bumper can also be seen, while the rear gets a quad exhaust arrangement and updated lights with new internals.
Two new exterior colours - Vegas Yellow and Sepang Blue – will be added to the existing paint options, and a “quattro exterior styling package”, incorporating a sculpted roof-spoiler, will also be available.
There are new five-spoke 17-inch wheels at each corner, with 18-inch alternatives available as an option. The S1 also features 310mm front brake-discs.
Interior features include a retractable 6.5-inch colour display screen, S-specific dark grey instruments and brushed stainless steel pedals.
Sports seats with Milano leather and Olympic cloth are standard while ‘S sports’ seats with black Fine Nappa leather are optional.
The “quattro styling package” is also optional for the interior, adding a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a choice of red, yellow or black interior highlights.
The 2015 Audi S1 and S1 Sportback will be available to order in Europe from next month, with pricing for UK customers starting from £24,900 (AU$45,210) and £25,630 (AU$46,535) respectively.