2014 Audi S1 spy shots
The Audi A1 has been on sale since 2010 and is due to receive a mild facelift early next year. We’re likely to see it unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March. This facelifted A1 will sport a revised grille, new graphics in the lights and new bumpers. The range will also feature a sporty S1 variant for the first time. Note, there was a previous A1 Quattro delivering as much as 256 horsepower but this was a limited edition built in a run of just 333 units.
The S1 prototype you see here is wearing the facelifted A1’s clothes. If you look closely, the headlights are shaped similar to those on the latest A3. We know this is the S1 variant due to the quad-exhaust tips at the rear and large alloy wheels.
While it won’t be as extreme as the A1 Quattro, it won't be as severely limited in production, either. It's likely to pack more than 200 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a detuned version of the A1 Quattro's powerplant. That should yield 0-60 mph times in the six-second range and a top speed around 140 mph. We also expect the S1 to get quattro all-wheel drive, its own S-line trim and appearance enhancements, and a sport-tuned suspension.
Audi's smallest car may not be making the trans-Atlantic swim, at least in this generation, but we're entitled to a little green-eyed ogling. We'll keep you updated as the situation with the facelifted A1 range develops, despite its current status as forbidden fruit.