For those long in the pocket area, and short in prefrontal cortex area, your wait is over for a ridiculously fast and expensive Audi A1. Presumably you would have turned your nose up at every other reasonable S or RS badged Audi in your wait for scorching-hatchdom, but alas your wait is over as the latest Audi to feature a vast power hike and four-wheel drive is the littlest of them all, now badged the Audi S1 and costing R442 000 in three door guise (R449 500 in Sportback configuration).
That is A LOT OF MONEY for a VERY SMALL CAR and letâ€™s be honest, when a few must have optional extras are ticked in haste, that base price will sky-rocket over half a bar.
Donâ€™t worry though, because you too will skyrocketing to the horizon and back as this diminutive Audi reaches 100km/h in just 5.8 seconds (5.9 for the Sportback).
In their press release Audi waxes lyrical about the legendary 1980 S1 beast which dominated Word Rally in Audiâ€™s heyday. But, thereâ€™s little more to compare than the badge itself and the proprietary Quattro technology.
Yes it is the first A1 to feature the all-wheel drive tech now synonymous with S and RS badged Audis but itâ€™s whatâ€™s under the bonnet which will cause those with a fondness for fast hatchbacks to shudder and say a little prayer to the automotive Gods. The four-pot develops 170 kW and 370Nm. Phew!
And even better, those wanting to emulate their WRC Group B heroes rejoice as the S1 will only be available with a manual transmission.
For those who need a written description of visual differences to lesser A1 models, the S1 gains a whole new front bumper with S1 badging, beefed up side sills, and new rear bumper with a quad exhaust pipe layout. Xenon headlights are standard and the rear LED light clusters have a slightly different arrangement.
Amongst other standard specs the S1 has 17″ 5-spoke alloy wheels, drive select with adaptive damping, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, all-round, independent S sports suspension, and Audis progressive steering system with dynamic ratio. S1 sport seats will keep you locked in under hard cornering and come with a cloth/leather combination and S1 logos embossed on the seat backs. In case you forget youâ€™re in a special A1, S1 logos feature on the steering wheel, instrument cluster and door sills.