Audi today officially unveiled its second model to carry the A1 badge at the Paris Motor Show. Last year, Audi unveiled its first A1 concept the Metroproject Quattro Hybrid Concept and like the original, this year’s A1 Sportback also features a hybrid drivetrain.
Both the A1 concept models share common design features but the Sportback is distinguished by its five-door sloping rear hatch design, a longer wheelbase, a new grille and unique bumpers. The Sportback is also powered by the same 1.4-liter TFSI engine as the Metroproject and is mated to a S-tronic seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The 150hp petrol engine gets its hybrid assistance from a 27hp electric motor capable of powering the A1 on its own for short distances and will assist the internal combustion of the engine during high loads. The lithium-ion battery powered electric motor adds an additional 110lb-ft of torque to the engine’s torque output. The Audi hybrid can be charged from any standard power outlet, that basically means you can plug it into any power outlet at home and when fully charged the car has an electric-only range of 100km at a speed of 100km/h.
Contrary to popular belief that hybrids are fuel efficient and not performance oriented, the Audi A1 is capable of a 7.9 second 0-100 sprint but fuel consumption is still important and sits at around 3.9-liter/100km. The hybrid system truly comes into play in reducing the vehicle’s carbon-emission rating and is currently rated at a lowly 92g/km. A environmentally conscious sports-hatch indeed, the A1 also features a engine stop/start feature like the one in the Honda Civic Hybrid to further reduce fuel consumption.
Audi proves environmentally friendly doesn’t mean boring with its Drive Select System that enables the driver to choose between sporty or efficient driving modes. Each mode individualizes throttle and gear-shifting response time to suit the driving style associated with each mode. A dynamically adjustable magnetic ride suspension system that was co-opted from the Audi R8 and TT also makes it to the A1 , ensuring the car is able to take on whatever the driver or road can throw at it.
The aerodynamics and low profile enhance efficiency and speed while 18-inch wheels and large four-wheel disc brakes keep everything under control.