Rounding out an already perfect year, Audi presents the A1 Quattro, the most powerful edition in its A1 subcompact class. Armed with a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the same 252 horsepower powerplant found on the Audi S3, the A1 Quattro is capable of dashing across the 62 mph marker from a standing start in just 5.7 seconds. Yet, much considerations were on efficiency as well, with an average of 27.67 miles per gallon in fuel consumption. Permanent all-wheel drive functions perfectly in sync with its six-speed manual transmission via a highly intelligent electronic control.
But the most notable aspect of this special edition is its appearance. A near identical throwback to the Audi Quattro of the 1980s, the car features a Glacier White paint scheme, high-gloss black roof, and red accents. The design cues are even noticeable on the 17-inch wheels, in a turbine fan silhouette. The same sport seats found on Audi’s S performance series, designers lavished the interior’s A1 Quattro in Silk Nappa leather with contrast seams in red. The same theme continues onto the floor mats and other parts. Finally, door sills feature the A1 Quattro designation.
Set to launch on later half of 2012, Audi will also offers a number of accessories and options to go along with the new vehicle. Though there is one drawback, the automaker will only produce 333 units, which will make the A1 Quattro one of the most prized subcompact of 2012.