For some reason I never liked Audi A1, but seeing the way things improve with the high-performance S1, I’m tempted to think again. Based on the Metroproject concept of 2007, the new Audi S1 is expected to compete with the 211hp Cooper S JCW and the powerful Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA. It features a quattro 4wd system, packs some beautiful 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, an S Tronic twin-clutch gearbox and the same 1.4 liter super- and turbo-charged four-cylinger TSI (178hp/ 133kW) that we’ll get to see in the new Polo GTI. There’s also an ECU tweak that will take the little bugger to 200 hp.
Expected in 2011, the new Audi S1 should cost some £25,000 ($37,000). Worth it?