Audi has revealed an all-wheel-drive hi-po version of its tiny A1 hatch, and while it might look like a concept, 333 of these will make their way to European homes.
Compare that to the front-wheel-drive A1 1.4 TFSI Sport's 136kW and 250Nm, and it's clear that Audi has bred (a select few of) its customers a proper monster.
The hard-tuned engine and a six-speed manual transmission gives the A1 Quattro a 0-100km/h time of 5.7 seconds - bettering the Sport by more than a second - and a top speed of 245km/h.
Keeping the A1 Quattro on the straight-and-narrow is a set of modified MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear, along with 8x18-inch wheels wrapped in 225/35 tyres and a modified ESP system.
The 'Little Quattro That Could' picks up a bunch of styling tweaks taken from the familiar Audi S performance range, but the S badge itself is noticeably absent.
Could Audi be planning an eventual series-production S1 flagship? Reports over the past year point to yes, and with only 333 of the A1 Quattro cars planned, an S model would be a welcome addition to the range.
As for Australia, we can keep on dreaming: the A1 Quattro will be built in left-hand-drive only, and you can bet all your euros that this one will be snapped up by eager buyers on the home continent.
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