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Audi reveals limited edition A1 Quattro

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Audi has officially unveiled the A1 Quattro.

Available exclusively in Glacier White metallic, the special edition aims to be the wildest hot hatch available today. Currently the A1 range tops out with the 180 bhp 1.4 litre TFSi which puts it below the power of the established competition such as the 197 bhp Renault Clio 197, 202 bhp Vauxhall Corsa Nurburgring and the 208 bhp Mini JCW.

But instead of competing with those cars head on, Audi has decided to create the ultimate hot hatch with the 252 bhp Quattro. The engine from the S3 is transplanted into the A1’s nose in a transverse installation, which impresses not just with the headline horsepower rating, but also with the 258 lb/ft of torque. This power is sent through a six-speed manual transmission which sends power to a Haldex all-wheel drive system. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 152 mph.

The A1 Quattro certainly sets itself apart from the rest of the A1 range with some serious styling changes. There is a massive front bumper containing huge air intakes and front splitter, all of which are very close to the ground. There are improved brakes hidden behind retro Ronal-style 18” alloy wheels and at the rear there is a new spoiler and twin 100mm tail pipes.

The cabin is a luxuriously affair with Silk Nappa leather sport seats, gloss black trim and stainless steel pedals. Other highlights include a flat-bottom steering wheel, an aluminium gear knob and a revised instrument cluster. There's also LED ambient lighting, MMI navigation-plus and a Bose audio system.

The A1 Quattro will be launched in the second half of 2012 and production will be limited to 333 units. Speculation has it that this is not meant to be launched instead of the rumoured RS1, rather it is a way of testing the water to see if one would be bought by consumers.

Pricing has not been released but expect a price tag of over £30,000. Sadly due to the extra development costs the A1 Quattro wil be left hand drive only.

Images courtesy of Audi

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more