Unrequited love: Audi releases another Euro-only jewel
You’ve been warned: Like the current Audi S3/RS 3 Sportback, Q3, A5 Sportback, A6 Avant, and RS 6, this here new A1 Quattro, above, is strictly a “look but don’t touch” proposition only for Canadian new car buyers.
Based on the subcompact A1 two-door hatch (which also isn’t heading our way anytime soon), the A1 Quattro is yet another highly-desirable Euro-only Audi. Its motivated by the same 2.0-litre turbo four found in the compact A3-based S3. Its 252 hp and 258 lb-ft allow Audi to claim a 5.7-second 0-60 mph and a top speed of 152 mph. A six-speed manual sends power to a Haldex all-wheel-drive system, and subsequently, to its unique 17-inch alloys that mimic those from the 1980s Quattro rally cars.
Very nice indeed. Just don’t get your heart too set on this little beast. If Audi won’t import the A3-based S3 compact, there’s even a smaller chance the smaller A1 will make the trip across the Atlantic, that is unless Audi starts making them in Mexico.
I, being a fan of small cars with waaay too much power and grip, think bringing the A1 Quattro to Canada is a great idea. It has the potential to totally smoke its closest rival, the 208 hp Mini John Cooper Works. Plus, you have to think the limites edition is a test trial of sorts. Only 333 examples will be made. But if folks line up quick and deep enough, don’t be surprised if a less-radical version shows up for series production with the S1 moniker.
What do you think of the A1 Quattro?
Do you think it would fly with Canadian small car performance enthusiasts?
And if Mini can charge $36,900 for its JCW, and it only has FWD, what would you pay for this latest Audi?