Audi S1 (2014–2018)
Audi S1 revealed
On sale in UK from March 2014 with 231PS/370Nm EA888 2.0 TFSI engine, 6 speed manual and quattro four wheel drive. 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds, top speed 155mph, 40.3mpg in EU tests, 163g/km C02, priced from £24,900.
Available both as a 3-door and as a 5-door Sportback with 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and 166g/km CO2..
At the heart of the quattro four wheel drive system is a hydraulic multi-plate clutch located on the rear axle and operated by control software tuned specifically to suit the character of an S quattro model. The electronic differential lock with the fine-tuned wheel-selective torque control is a function of the Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC). It features two-stage deactivation and supplements the work of the multi-plate clutch with additional finely metered braking intervention on the inside wheels - the interaction of both systems makes for extremely agile, precise and stable handling.
The suspension configurations have been extensively reworked, as has the electromechanical power steering. Modified pivot bearings on the front axle sharpen response when turning, and at the rear a four-link design replaces the torsion beam suspension used for 'standard' A1 models. Damper settings are also adjustable via the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system, which appears for the first time at this level in the S1 and also allows the driver to vary the response of the throttle and the operating parameters of the electronic climate control across a number of settings, including one designed to optimise efficiency.
17-inch wheels with 215/40 R17 tyres are standard in the UK, with 18-inch alternatives available as an option, and a larger brake master cylinder and large brake discs - the front pair measuring 310 millimetres in diameter - ensure suitably steadfast deceleration.
Striking ‘S'-specific styling aligns the S1 with the thirteen other members of the S quattro series, with xenon plus headlights, which are linked here to LED rear lights with new, horizontally structured graphics. Two new exterior colours - Vegas yellow and Sepang blue - supplement the available paint finishes, and to add more visual drama an optional quattro exterior styling package incorporating a sculpted roof spoiler will also be available.
Interiors of Audi S1 and S1 Sportback is finished in dark tones. The high gloss air vent sleeves have a piano black finish, the instruments feature S-specific dark-grey scales, and in contrast the pedal caps are in brushed stainless steel. Sports seats with combination Milano leather and Olympic cloth upholstery are standard, as are creature comforts including electronic climate control, a six-speaker single CD audio system with auxiliary iPod connection and SD card reader linked to a 6.5-inch retractable colour display, a Bluetooth interface and a Driver's Information System.
Revised 2015 model year S1 and S1 Sportback announced with equipment enhancements priced from £25,380 OTR to £26,110 OTR
Audi drive select now standard from Sport upwards. Both the steering and the optional suspension with adjustable damping are controllable via the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system, which is a new standard feature for A1 Sport models upwards. It allows the driver to vary the weighting or the damping characteristics across three modes - auto, dynamic and efficiency - and it can also adjust the operating parameters of the engine and the S tronic transmission, where this is fitted.
Interior ambiance has also been lifted by additional chrome and high gloss black detailing, new upholstery choices including an Alcantara and leather blend and new upholstery colours, such as Laser blue for Sport models and Rotor grey for S line models, which until now have had an exclusively black finish.
The Audi S1 and S1 Sportback with 231PS and quattro permanent all‑wheel drive remain as the performance flagships of the new range. Their 2.0 TFSI engine produces 231PS and 370 Nm (272.9 lb‑ft) of torque, enabling the three-door version to sprint from rest to 62mph in 5.8 seconds (Sportback 5.9) and to reach a top speed of 155mph.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system transfers engine power to all four wheels, and the S specific sports suspension with its specially developed pivot bearings at the front and a sophisticated four‑link rear set-up deliver outstanding dynamic performance. Audi drive select and adjustable shock absorbers are standard.
Exterior and interior details emphasise the position which the S1 and S1 Sportback hold in their segment, as does their extensive specification, which now also includes the Audi Music Interface and navigation preparation in line with Sport and S line versions.