Audi A1 Sportback ABT is the ‘S1’ that Audi won’t make.

Audi has now plans to create an S1 hot-hatchback based on the standard A1. While unfortunate, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a hot-hatch Audi A1 if that’s something you want. That’s because the folks at ABT Sportsline can help tweak and upgrade your A1 to feel sportier and more exciting, without having to wait for the unlikely possibility of an S1.

Audi A1 ’40’ TFSI, which comes with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, you can get a power bump from ABT. It’s called the ABT Power upgrade and it increases horsepower by 20 percent, giving it a healthy 240 hp via ECU tune. That may not sound like a lot but it’s a decent amount of power for such a little car. It also bumps torque to 265 lb-ft, which is almost the same as a standard Audi A4.

Key to ABT’s efforts to plug the gap is a 39bhp power boost, from 197bhp to 236bhp. The old official car had 231bhp. Torque is up as well, from 233lb ft to 266lb ft. That should give the A1 a useful pocket of extra shove at all speeds, lowering the 2.0-litre A1 40 TFSI’s 0-62mph sprint time from 6.5 seconds to more like 6.1, we think. It’ll certainly feel quick enough, but shouldn’t stress the car’s dual-clutch transmission too much.

As it happens we weren’t too keen on the standard 197bhp A1, but the power boost here might reintroduce some of that absent pep back to Audi’s smallest hatchback.

Hell, it’s probably just as fuel efficient as the standard car. So you can have a small little city car that’s easy to park but also fun to drive. The standard Audi A1 is a nippy little car but it’s not exactly thrilling. This upgrade from ABT can get it closer to what an Audi S1 would have been if Audi ever decided to make it.

Source : Quattrodaily

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