The current generation Audi A1‘s lifecycle is coming to and end soon and a new model will come in 2018. However, before the launch of the second-gen A1, and Audi RS1 will finish off the model’s life cycle with a bang.
Launching early next year, the Audi RS1 will be a low-volume production vehicle, but a production vehicle nonetheless. The Audi A1 Quattro, the 258 hp hatchback, was only sold in limited-production numbers, as only 19 sold in the UK in 2012 when it was on sale. The Audi RS1 will be a full-production vehicle and that will not only help enthusiasts get into them but it will also keep the price down. The aforementioned A1 Quattro wore a heavy price tag of £40,020. Being a fully-production vehicle should help keep the price of the RS1 down to a manageable £30,000 or so.
The Audi RS1 will likely use the Volkswagen Group’s ubiquitous EA888 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s also likely to pack around 280 hp, almost as much as the Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3. Power will be sent through either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox. Whichever gearbox is used chosen, though, power will always be sent to all four wheels, via Quattro.
This upcoming Audi RS1 will take on the likes of its familial Volkswagen Golf R as well as the MINI John Cooper Works and Ford Fiesta ST. However, sources close to the Audi Sport team have claimed that the MINI JCW has been Audi’s main benchmark with the RS1. The Audi RS1 will likely come in both three and five-door configuration.
Autocar confirms that such a car has gotten the greenlight from execs at Audi. Autocar’s sources are usually pretty spot on so expect all of this info to be pretty accurate. If so, we’re excited about the RS1, being that it could be one of the coolest and most exciting hot hatches on the market.