Who Needs the S1, When the A1 clubsport quattro Is All Kinds of Awesome?
Though we do understand the historical references that are present both in the name of the car and in some of the details, we would have preferred tags like “the uber-A1” or “ultra-awesome A1”. Why are we so impressed? Well, through the equivalent of mechanical witchcraft, the engineers have managed to fit not a 1.6-liter, nor a 2.0-liter, but a mighty 2.5-liter turbocharged engine in the car. And don’t think the clubsport quattro has the same power output as the TT-RS and RS3 Sportback, as the output of the TFSI has been increased dramatically to 370 kW (503 hp) and 660 Nm (486.79 lb-ft) of torque.
The turbocharger, intercooler, admission tract and the exhaust line have been systematically tuned for high performance, and just like on Audi’s DTM race cars, the tailpipe is located on the left flank, just in front of the rear wheel. Were we lying about wet dreams? Don’t think so!
Inside, the lightweight bucket seats are taken from the Audi R8 GT and feature a chassis made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, while red four-point belts secure the driver and passenger. The interior has a gray theme with large portions covered in matt-finished CFRP, including the walls in the rear section of the car, the tubes of the air vents and the “stern of the yacht” in the lower section of the center console.
Did we mention that the A1 sprints to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.7 seconds, while 0 to 200 km/h (124.27 mph) takes just 10.9 seconds? No? Sorry, we got distracted by all kinds of awesomeness!
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