The second-generation Audi S1 is expected to be revealed late, next year. It will use a higher-powered version of the Volkswagen Group’s EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that puts out 253hp and has 4WD traction.
Combined with a Haldex-style quattro system, the new S1 should trim several tenths from the 5.9sec 0-100kph time of its five-door predecessor, making the next Audi S1 the fastest and most powerful car in its class.
The new hot hatch will be built on the new A1's MQB A0 platform, which will provide the car with enhanced structural rigidity. The new platform is stronger than the old car’s PQ25 underpinning and uses 27 percent ultra-high-strength composites in its bodyshell.
Although Audi has yet to officially announce the next S1, our sister publication, Autocar UK, understands that it's set for sale because it acts as an effective halo product to lure younger buyers to the brand. Much of the success of this philosophy can be seen in the wider range of the new A1 – which is far sportier, even in its standard trim.
The A1's exterior designer, Jürgen Löffler, told Autocar UK that Audi’s rallying heritage inspired the look of its new supermini. The S1 is therefore expected to receive more Quattro-esque features, in addition to a larger rear wing; white wheels are also under consideration.