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2011 AUDI S1

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2011 AUDI S1


By Mark Kleis

Audi has begun to list the planned reveals for the upcoming Paris Motor Show, and one of the vehicles listed is the highly anticipated S1 hot hatch.

Aside from letting us know when the S1 will debut, Audi has not yet released any further details on the car, but our spy photographers sent us the first images of an Audi S1 prototype just a few weeks ago.

Set to do battle with cars like the MINI John Cooper Works, Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA and Fiat 500 Abarth, the Audi S1 will likely get a tweaked version of the 1.4-liter supercharged and turbocharged TFSI four-cylinder used in the VW Polo GTi, producing at least 180 horsepower.

Backing the S1's forced induction engine will be Audi's latest seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The S1 will be Audi's only S product not to offer Quattro all-wheel drive, but the hot hatch should still be capable of accelerating from 0-60 in under 6 seconds.

It is also expected that the S1 will feature a stiffened suspension set-up with magnetic dampers.

The S1 will look the part thanks to flared wheel arches, 19-inch wheels, a roof-mounted spoiler, a front splitter and daytime LED headlamps like the rest of the Audi line - including LED running lights.

As the current-generation A1 won't be sold in North America, don't expect to see the hotter S1 on our shores anytime soon. However, Audi has indicated that the second-generation A1 will be sold in the U.S., so here's to hoping the next S1 also makes the journey.



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