A quattro official has confirmed there aren’t plans to build a range-topping Audi RS1 version. At the beginning of May we heard Audi S1 designer Frank Gruner dropping a few hints about the possibility of an RS1 but don’t get your hopes up too high as technical director at quattro GmbH, Stephen Reil, has announced it’s not going to happen.
He described the Audi RS1 as “not very realistic” because it lacks a profitable business case. He went on to say that the smaller a car is, the less profit Audi can make from it which means that in order to provide a suitable return they would have to sell a significant number of units, something that won’t happen in the case of the RS1.
In addition, Stephen Reil also said that adding more power on top of the S1 would put the Audi RS1 closer to the RS3 in terms of output, something that they surely want to avoid. We remind you the Audi S1 is motivated by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI engine rated at 231 HP and 370 Nm. It’s enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 5.8 seconds and a 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed.
Note: Audi RS1 Sportback render by RM Design pictured