The folks over at ABT Sportsline have revealed their take on the latest Audi A1 Sportback, effectively transforming the hatchback into a second-generation S1 (although admittedly sans all-wheel drive).
Using the A1 40 TFSI as a base, the ABT package improves the familiar EA888 turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine’s peak outputs from the stock 147 kW and 320 N.m (yes, the same as the Volkswagen Polo GTI) to a healthier 176 kW and 360 N.m.
In standard form, this version of the A1 will reach 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 6,5 seconds before topping out at 235 km/h. Unfortunately, ABT has not yet provided figures for the tuned model.
ABT furthermore offers new suspension springs that lower the vehicle by up to 30 mm. A set of ABT 18-inch alloy wheels (wrapped in 215/40 R18 tyres) can also be purchased, offered in two variants (matte black and gloss black). Both wheel options feature a recessed hub, ten spokes and a concave design.
In November 2018, an Ingolstadt executive dropped a pretty hefty hint that we won’t see a second-generation S1, revealing that it’s “getting more and more difficult” to build such vehicles.