The new five-door concept is less than 4 meters long and measures 1.75 meters wide and it features a new version of Audi's hybrid technology.

Audi's main attraction at the Paris Motor Show is the A1 Sportback Concept, a model that follows the three-door version which was first presented last year at the Tokyo Motor Show. The new five-door concept is less than 4 meters long and measures 1.75 meters wide and it features a new version of Audi's hybrid technology.

Under the hood, Audi have placed a 1.4 liter TFSI engine which pumps out 150hp to the front wheels via the S tronic dual-clutch transmission.  Typically, a power output figure as such would be more than sufficient for a model of this size.  However, add in a 20 kW (27hp) electric motor that provides the A1 concept with an extra 150Nm (110.63 lb-ft) of thrusting torque, and the A1 is sure to please. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) can be achieved in just 7.9 seconds before it reaches a top speed on 200 km/h (124 mph).  Fuel economy lies at 3.9 liters per 100km (60.31 US mpg) while emissions are just 92 g/km.

Handling is enhanced with an electromechanical steering that features speed-sensitive power assistance and a suspension system that has already made its mark in the R8.

Audi resisted the cheap temptation of taking the previous A1 concept and adding a couple of doors.  Instead they decided to create a new design featuring more masculine design lines. The body profile and more specifically the sloping roofline have been designed to give the A1 Sportback a coupe-like appearance when viewed from the side. The front end features the classic single framed grille with vertically opposed bars grabbing the greater emphasis – a style normally associated with Audi's concepts and performance “S” models. The exterior is rounded off with a Daytona Grey paint finish and large 18 inch wheels.

Four individual seats are housed in the cabin of the new concept which will nicely seat four full sized adults, the center console features turbine-look air vents and air conditioning controls along with a start/stop button for the engine and a lever that controls the Audi drive select system.

 

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