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.

Reil also commented that “to have the right horsepower gap between an S1 and a potential RS1, would mean the RS1 would get close to the S3”.

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.

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