2011 Audi A1 Officially Unveiled, Pics Inside

The smallest vehicle in Audi's line-up just broke cover today, following several months of teasers and countless videos showing the work which went into the project. Built by Audi to be the embodiment of both premium and sport car, all neatly wrapped into a small compact package, the A1 will be priced at around 16,000 euros and will become available this summer.

Audi says the A1 is the sportiest car in the segment and, truth be told, we agree. The little A packs four engines (two gasoline and two diesel), all direct fuel injected and turbocharged: entry-level 1.2 TFSI (86 hp/160 Nm), 1.4 TFSI (122 hp/200 Nm), 1.6 TDI (105 hp/250 Nm) and another version of the 1.6 TDI (90 hp/230 Nm). By choosing turbocharging over size, Audi says the engines in the A1 have a fuel economy of in between 3.8 and 5.4/100 km (43-61 mpg).

All four engines use Audi's modular efficiency platform to recover energy during the braking and coasting phases and store it temporarily in the battery. They also employ a start-stop system, which works in conjunction with the seven-speed S tronic transmission with two clutches. A
five-speed manual transmission is also being offered.

The A1 will be offered by Audi in two trim levels, Attraction and Ambition. The former comes with chorus radio, a radio remote-controlled central locking system, power-adjustable side mirrors, power windows and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. Passive safety features include two front airbags, side airbags and head airbags. As with the Ambition, this trim can be enhanced by adding the media style package.

The Ambition trim is visible from the outside, thanks to the 16 inch alloy wheels and fog lights, while at the interior adds leather-wrapped sport steering wheel and the driver information system. For this trim only, Audi also offers, as an option, the S line sport package (17- or 18-inch cast aluminum wheels, S line sport suspension with dynamic suspension tuning, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel and sport seats).
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