The Audi A1 is far from being among the company’s most exciting cars. Some have called it nothing more than a glorified Volkswagen Polo while others have criticized the supermini for its lack of Quattro and an S hot hatch version. Things were a bit different with the previous generation as the subcompact hatchback got both – an S1 and all-wheel drive. The most special of them all actually didn’t carry the S badge, and yet it could have easily earned the RS moniker. We’re obviously talking about the rare A1 Quattro.
One of the 333 cars ever made will soon be up for grabs via Vavato, an online auction house that will start the bidding process on June 18 and end it on June 29. The opening bid of €10,000 does not include value added tax of 21 percent, nor the VAT on top of auction cost. In other words, the all-in price is actually €14,157 for the opening bid.
Produced exclusively in three-door form at the factory in Brussels where the E-Tron and E-Tron are currently assembled, the Audi A1 Quattro went on sale in the second half of 2012 with a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine. The feisty hatch packed a healthy 252 horsepower and 350 Newton-meters (258 pound-feet) of torque sent to both axles via a six-speed manual gearbox. It came equipped as standard with an electronic differential lock and those funky 18-inch alloy wheels with a turbine design exclusive to the special edition.
The potent hardware enabled the Audi A1 Quattro to complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 5.7 seconds and max out at 152 mph (245 km/h). More than 600 changes had to be made compared to the regular A1 to develop the range-topping version. All cars came painted in Glacier White and fully loaded, with everything from a 14-speaker Bose sound system and MMI navigation to xenon headlights and LED taillights.
This particular car was first registered on September 14, 2012 and has covered a relatively low 56,055 kilometers (34,830 miles). Details about its mechanical condition have not been provided, but the Audi A1 Quattro appears to be in great condition, at least visually. We’ll be keeping an eye on the auction since these cars rarely come up for sale.