Audi A1 Quattro, A Supernova Limited Edition. Everyone expected a S1 or a RS1 and Audi took out of it hat one. A1 Quattro. The disappointment however hard time take a look to the technical backgrounder that announces the color: 256 ch, 350 Nm, 4 wheel drive, 333 copies at a price of €51.190! Real Supernova of the Audi A1 Quattro family will shine then shut and leave room for more rational. In the meantime, we have in hand a car fire on the ice of a frozen lake in Swedish. Fortunately, it has not melted but it is not without having heat nails!
Audi has surprised it drawing an Audi A1 Quattro, also little descriptive name that the sheet is impressive. Served dish contains 256 ch, 350 Nm of torque and transmission 4-wheel drive, is to basically, TTS of 272 HP power all! In this way, cannot suspect Audi to have endeavored to make the tunant currency simply an Audi A1 because the work is colossal. More than 600 parts are new or have been modified and it is sufficient to note that the axle from the classical A1 arm left its place a multi-link hosting at its center the differential clutch multidisc ensuring the arrival of the couple on the posterior wheels to understand that one is dealing with the serious.
This associated with transverse engine Haldex system group is function that when motor comes to miss on the front, the A1 Quattro remains an “improved traction“. The regulatory function of the torque 4-wheel is provided by the electronic block (EDS) which acts on the brakes. If the ESP is fully dis-connectable (it also has a Sport mode), this system remains however active permanently. All this “women” brings the weight around the 1400 kg but that there is no mistake, despite its characteristics, the A1 Quattro is not a radical who seeks to seduce the zealots of circuit.
Indeed, open the door and you discover a very well equipped cabin. While the box is “merely” manually, the settings of the steering wheel and seats also but the rest could give indigestion a pistard. Leather stitching, xenon, ambient lighting, assistant dipped, automatic air conditioning, radar of recoil, changer 6 CD pack navigation advanced, Audi Music Interface, Bose Surround System 14-speaker retro informed, multiple connections and etc, the A1 Quattro target of real customers and not the readers of sport auto magazines. Studies customer, Audi knows very well that a client capable of more than 51,000 euros in an A1 will be resent the lack of air conditioning, and understand that with the experience of a good sound or even navigation! There are those who fantasize and those who purchase and are only rarely the same.
Rest that by limiting production to 333 copies including a little more than 30 for the France, Audi takes no risks and already probably sold the most copies. Why then this investment for so few models? In fact, the Supernova will live its short life, very bright, and then leave place to something much more reasonable and less fantasy. Audi officials admit it without great difficulty, the A1 Quattro transmission will be used also to a future S1 have probably about 210 c.
Audi A1 Quattro on ice: agitated and overflowing
Unique car, yet most singular trial site. It is in the middle of the Sweden, near the station, we find two Audi A1 Quattro planned for the test to be held on a trail drawn on a frozen lake. Perched on tires studded side higher than it will be in series and equipped with more conventional wheels that the ‘Turbine look’ planned, the A1 Quattro seems less impressive than in photo. Its exclusive Pearl White turns to grey in this pristine landscape did not arrange things nor but it is also said that the streets of Paris, all again normal. The small is not only because in Audi attempts (unsuccessfully in our case) to associate it to the history of the brand at the same time presenting an Audi Quattro of era and a S1 Quattro rallye with a true Stig Blomqvist in the Interior. If the link between the 2 models is simply in the logo on the grille, this will enable us to judge the progress (or not) for full transmission.
This Grandpa is the Stig
Preamble to the takeover of the A1 Quattro, I go in the bucket of snow right of the taciturn Stig who has today the look of a nice papy with glasses to the first curve of the narrow road that we look at a speed that I believe already much too fast. After breakfast, the Swedish Stig heats up at a pace that I wait probably never after several years of practice! Tree scroll more quickly, Stig was now warm ankle and his left foot crushes the brakes at least as much time that his right foot teases the accelerator. One has the impression that the wheel is that to take the S1 line in rights ends and that the turns are essentially controlled with pedals. A few kilometers you can see that nails provide a good grip and a S1 Quattro is very difficult to turn into the pins.
This version wheelbase short being the more manageable, hardly dare to imagine what it would be with the first versions! At the time to take the wheel of the version of the Audi Quattro series with it crossbow time – a 5 cylinder supercharged 306 ch – keep that in mind. First confirmation, this engine has a health of Thunder and as soon as the power comes to 3500 rpm, the famous kick buttocks boot you the train back that you find is wrong. Indeed, that glue you even smiling! If the entry is rather easily with a little brake to load the front, the re-acceleration is more problematic. Set at 50-50, the front/rear torque distribution claiming that you have the nose in line at overshoot to extract you the curve. Knowing this, timid look ever, the eager to accelerate too early, sending the nose in the wall and only the most talented (strongest in fact) will be able to rotate the car well before the middle of the curve back to the potato very early. There is a manual to know and respect scrupulously.
After this introduction vintage, it’s time to switch back to this. Skip to the A1 Quattro shows that the interiors are dark and unadorned a trademark of Audi for many years. In comparison, the modern might suggest that it is Carnival with its leather and red stitching, a large tachometer also all red and features brushed aluminum.
First acceleration, the cavalry tumbles much earlier than in the old aunt, and this time, the 256 hp really seem angry. On snow, it is violent, ultra-fast revving needed to stay the hand on the gear knob on the first three reports. Then you can stay on that speed to chain “left-right” which follow, the torque available very low (350 Nm at 2500 r / min) to permit the resumption never be sub-scheme.
However, over the towers, we realize that it is best to avoid “take” too often as the Haldex system must first detect a lack of motor skills earlier before sending back the sauce fact that each time the accelerator can feel the nose outwards leave a split second before the electronics control the push from behind and put the car in real 4WD. So do not relax especially when you hear the beginning of understeer at risk of getting erratic behavior, the ideal is to keep the gas all the time. Furthermore, the angle of drift, the overshoot is countered by the DHS, the electronic differential lock, which will slow any wheel and generate a strange sensation, as if Esp was still active. Still, the short wheelbase and make the whole cavalry A1 Quattro quite nervous, in any case much more nervous with the restyled Audi RS5 we were also able to learn and with whom it was a “huge splay.” The magic of the differential balance of torque vectoring rear combined with the merits of the long wheelbase car offers incredible ease and in all possible positions. The car takes orders like a soldier in all circumstances: slight slip, big ribs, everything runs smoothly, almost instinctively, the differential helping to register the car and extract curves. In short, the feeling of control offered by the RS5’s V8 FSi and 450 hp are strictly pleasurable! It is also more expensive to acquire (€ 88,400).
Remember, The Equipment Is The Price
In the end, the Audi A1 Quattro looms as a somewhat demonic bitumen device, in any case without no equivalent on the market. Imagined as a collector who used trailer for the future less powerful S1 but always 4 wheel drive, the quattro A1 has nothing to do with his ancestors devoted to competition even if finally, it said that from the versions of series of the 205 T16 and other Lancia 037, a Quattro 85 is frankly welcoming. But the purpose of this limited series that the engineers have developed 17 months to design is not to beat records, it is first and foremost to build an image on a segment that Audi discovers and on which the mark has no legitimacy. In proposing a device class, without competition, future buyers of S1 will thus avoid compare themselves to the Queens of the B-segment and will more easily discuss the lineage of their car with the Audi A1 Quattro fun. It does not have the same values.