New Audi RS1 of 2017 model year

According to reports of French automobile experts, manufacturer from Ingolstadt – Audi will officially present its latest muscle hatchback – RS1 next year. It is known that a car will have all-powerful 300 hp engine unit and the actual debut of Audi RS1 2017 will take place at the Geneva motor show.

Rayl Stefan (a head of department AudiQuattroGmbh) has recently issued a denial of possible creating of “muscle” model in his interview. However, it seems like the entire Audi leadership finally made a decision about development of that car.

Rumors of this version have already begun to spread six years ago, when the debut of the model A1 was made. Version Quattro with 255 hp was released in 2011, but it was an exclusive series with the limited number of 333 cars. Today, we are most likely talking about a full production model. Anyway, Frank Gruner (one of the developers of S1) talked about that in his interview for the above mentioned automobile magazine.

With the output designated in the first half of the next year, new “muscle” hatchback will take the free position at the top of the A1 line, which was earlier taken by another version of Quattro before restyling, with an all-wheel drive and 258 hp. It should be noted that this model did not gain a high popularity among buyers. For example, only twelve of such cars were purchased in UK.

Audi RS1: Specifications

New “hot” German pint-sized hatchback will be equipped with two-liter TFSI engine, which was earlier used in Audi S3 and Volkswagen cars. This engine unit is capable of producing 300 hp, and the maximum torque was recorded at 400Nm. With this motor for combined action, manufacturer will offer two variants of transmission: manual “six-speed” and seven-gear “robot unit” equipped with dual clutch.

The novelty with that kind of stuffing will speed up to the first hundred only for 5 seconds. A peek speed of a hatchback will be 250 km/h.

So, initial version will already get all-wheel drive system.

Audi RS1: Styling

Looking at the car image, one will immediately realize that it has more than enough ambitions in order to earn the sympathies of buyers. The novelty can boasts the escutcheon of the false radiator enclosure, attractive headlights with an unusual LED filling in form of the tape with irregular shape, as well as bumper-spoiler with circular fog light.

A hood with slightly angulated corners, manly sidewalls of the body with a pair of bright pimples, stretched upon the entire length of the body, make the car very modern and stylish.

Location of the rear-view mirrors is sporty, on elegant legs. Body profile part of the car looks not as aggressive as other parts. Swollen wheel arches will have a plenty space for wheel discs with a diameter of 18 inches. Rear area of the car practically repeats the Q3 model with an adjustment for dimensions.

Massive trunk lid, attractive rear lights with elements of the LEDs, aero parts make the exterior of the novelty’s rear area incredibly beautiful.

In general, styling of the model is vivid and eye-catching. Basic version of the car has already won the love of many auto enthusiasts, and “muscle” version is bound to be even more successful.

Audi RS1: Car price

The company’s representatives have already approved debut of Audi RS1 2017 at the Geneva motor show. According to the preliminary information, it will be possible to purchase the novelty in the five-door and three-door version. It is hard to tell whether the car will answer the expectations of the buyer but the manufacturer will ask for it quite a high price. If it is possible to buy the Audi S1 model with 230 hp for 30 000 EUR today, then the price for RS will start from 38 000 EUR.

The principal competitor of the Audi novelty will be MINI JohnCooperWorks. In the opinion of the majority of automobile experts, numerous tests of Audi RS1 2017 were conducted in comparison with the MINI. Besides, Volkswagen Polo R and Ford Fiesta ST will be in the list of hatchback’s competitors.

It will be recalled that now the most powerful modification of Audi A1 is S1, equipped with 231 hp engine unit. This car speeds up to the 100 km/h for 5.8 seconds from the spot.

5 Photos of the New Audi RS1 of 2017 model year

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