Audi Sport won’t make an RS version of the A1 Sportback
More specifically, Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH, revealed that the five-cylinder 2.5 TFSI engine with 294 kW / 400 hp currently available in the Audi RS3 Sportback MK3 (facelift), is the heritage of the brand and will remain the entry point of their RS badged model range. This means that there won’t be an RS with a four-cylinder engine, which would be necessary for a hypothetical RS 1. Furthermore, sources from Audi have confirmed that there won’t be an all-wheel-drive version of the current generation A1 due to the high cost of development which means there won’t be a proper successor to the Audi S1.
As a reminder, the flagship version of the German premium supermini is the A1 Sportback 40 TFSI, with the four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI producing 147 kw/200 hp – exactly the same with its more affordable sibling, the Volkswagen Polo VI GTI – allowing 0-100 km/h acceleration in 6,5″ and a top speed of 235 km/h. There is also an optional “Performance” dynamic package that includes sport suspension setting with adjustable absorbers, larger ventilated disc brakes (312 mm/272 mm), red brake callipers, Audi Drive Select (driving modes) and a sound actuator.
For those who want something faster than the factory options, ABT Sportsline already offers tuning packages for the Audi A1 40 TFSI with up to 176 kW / 240 hp from the 2.0 TFSI. The most powerful modified version is the Audi A1 Sportback “1 of 1” by ABT Sportsline which comes with an aggressive wide-bodykit and a motorsport-spec four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engine producing 298 kW / 400 hp.
After all, this engine has proved its great potential in production models like the all-wheel-drive Audi S3 MK3 (facelift) and VW Golf VII R (facelift) with 228 kW / 310 hp, but also in the front-wheel-drive VW Golf VII GTI (facelift) TCR with 213 kW / 290 hp and Seat Leon MK3 Cupra 300 with 300 hp / 221 kW