I’m a huge fan of small cars; most of them are lightweight which makes them super fun to throw around in corners. The small cars available in North America do have one major problem, lack of power, I did own a Cooper S but the 175 HP didn’t seem enough. There is a new small car on the market that takes care of that problem, the car is the Audi A1 Quattro and it comes with 256 ponies, unfortunately it won’t be sold in North America, so we’re back at square one…
The Audi A1 Quattro comes with the company’s famous all-wheel-drive system, a first for the A1 series. The sub-compact hatchback is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine with direct injection and puts out 256 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet (350 Nm) of torque from 2,000 to 4,300 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission helping the car reach 62 mph in 5.7 seconds with an electronically controlled top speed of 152 mph.
The car’s white body and wheel paint scheme takes inspiration from the Quattro rally cars of the 80’s. The A1 Quattro features a very sporty exterior with an aggressive front bumper with large air-intakes, side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a roof mounted spoiler. The car rides on 18” cast alloy wheels with 225/35 series tires.
The interior is typical Audi with dark colors and aluminum trim; the sporty buckets seats are covered in black Nappa leather with contrasting red stitches.
The Audi A1 Quattro will be available in the second half of 2012 as a limited edition model; only 333 of these pocket rockets will be produced.