Stephan Reil, technical director at Quattro GmbH, has confirmed Audi is not working on a range-topping RS1 model for its small car lineup
Stephan Reil, technical director at Quattro GmbH, has confirmed Audi is not working on a range-topping RS1 model for its small car lineup.
Speaking to TopGear, he said such a car is “not very realistic”. The main reason is financial – “the smaller the car gets, the smaller the amount of return you get, so you need to sell a whole bunch of cars to make it. The smaller the car gets, the harder the business case becomes”, he explained.
The sportiest A1 in the current range – the S1, is powered by a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter TFSI engine delivering 231 HP (170 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft). It can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) and accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 5.8 seconds, while the S1 Sportback is 0.1s slower due to the slightly increased weight coming from the rear doors.
Note: Audi RS1 Sportback rendering by RM Design pictured.