With much media fanfare, the Audi A1 Quattro has been announced for production next year (only 333 cars) for Europe only. We add to the noise today so those cretins in charge at Audi will be pressured to release this thing in quantity in the U.S.
I could probably get one in Mexico, with the right connections and sufficient cash. There are plenty of A1s around—which the U.S. also doesn’t get. Sorry.
The fuss is all about a beautifully designed small hot hatch with 256 hp (258 lb-ft of torque), with Quattro drive (details here on “Vorsprung durch Technik”) to all four wheels. Sixty mph comes in 5.7 seconds, and top speed is 152 mph. Fuel economy is claimed to be about 28 mpg. Six-speed manual only.
Except for the too-large rear spoiler, Audi has finally gotten its styling cues to work in a small package. (Their big cars, like the Q7, are barge-ugly.) The A1-Q’s front end is dominated by big air intakes, reducing the effect of the yawning grille. The rear is, to my mind, perfectly proportioned. The car is lower than the A1.