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Audi S1 in the Pipeline

May 28

* Audi is developing a performance-oriented S1 variant of its A1 hatchback.
* The S1 will share the VW Polo GTI’s 182-horsepower 1.4-liter Twincharger four-cylinder.
* Audi S1 will not be sold in the U.S.

BERLIN — Audi is developing a performance-oriented S1 variant of its new A1 baby hatchback, but sister brand Volkswagen has ruled out a Polo R edition.

In an interview with Australia’s Web site, VW’s Ernst Linder confirmed development of the Audi S1, which is due in 2011. Linder said the front-wheel-drive S1, which will not be sold in the U.S., will share the 182-horsepower 1.4-liter Twincharger four-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with VW Polo GTI. For now, there is no all-wheel-drive Quattro version planned.

Linder also said VW is developing an R edition of the Jetta sedan, but he suggested that a Polo R has been ruled out because it would encroach on the S1. The Jetta R, which could share the Golf R’s turbo 2.0-liter engine, is at least a year away, according to Inside Line says: We’re hoping Audi’s decision to withhold both the A1 and the S1 from the U.S. market is not irreversible. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent
Audi S1
Source: Inside Line

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