Audi is going in all guns blazing to get to the position of being the world’s largest luxury car manufacturer in the next three years. It has been releasing product after product, each earning a great reputation for itself. Next in line is the Audi S1. The camouflaged S1 has been spied testing on German roads, suggesting that work on the performance super-mini is on well ahead of its anticipated 2014 Geneva Motor Show unveiling.
Rumours of an impending Audi S1 began doing the rounds when several versions of the Audi A1 began to be spotted. The body underneath that camouflage very much resembles an updated version of the A1 and this new car also borrows several design cues from the A3 range. The German carmakers are expected to slot the Audi S1 below the Audi S3.
WCF has spied the car virtually undisguised undergoing testing at night. These pictures also give a clearer image of what’s coming from the Audi stable. As shown in the spy shots, the rear of the car looks more subdued and this leads us to believe it will be sporting a much less aggressive look. The car is set to be offered in three-and five-door body styles. Since the car will be sold alongside the facelifted A1, Audi has made some changes to the headlights, they now come with LED daytime running lights and revised tail-lights. The rear diffuser is flanked by a quad-exit exhaust system, while the front bumper boasts of some aggression. Its higher ride height is more helpful in case of steep driveways and speed bumps.
Not much has been revealed from the carmaker either, so speculations regarding the engine are on. Previous reports have stated that the S1 may be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that churns out 220hp. The car could offer both manual and automatic transmissions connected to a Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
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