ABT has made some crazy tuning projects before, but nothing like this. Though this is more of a pet project of the racing driver Daniel Abt, who fell in love with the little Audi A1 and decided to turn it into something special.
Audi has been going back and forth about engineering a hotter A1 based on the supermini’s latest generation to follow the old S1 hot hatch. The tuners at ABT decided to take matters into their own hands and prepared an amped-up version of the stylish city car about a month ago with a bump in output from the series 197 horsepower and 236 pound-feet (320 Newton-meters) to 236 hp and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm).
The tuned A1 Sportback pales in comparison to ABT’s latest one-off creation as this wild subcompact hatch is on the same level of insanity with the ultra-exclusive A1 Quattro limited edition from many moons ago. Side note, the pocket rocket was actually tuned by ABT back in the day and was taken from the stock 256 hp and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) to 307 hp and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm).
This “One of One” A1 packs an even mightier punch as ABT has installed the motorsport-spec 2.0 TFSI engine from the TT Cup race car. Its four-cylinder turbocharged mill produces 310 hp, but there’s an overboost function temporarily squeezing an extra 30 hp for a grand total of 340 hp while torque is over 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) at all times. The German tuner has already fiddled with the engine to take it to around 400 hp, while the brutal soundtrack provided by the four-banger is enhanced by a straight-pipe exhaust system that your neighbors would probably hate.
The powerful four-cylinder engine has more than twice the power of the largest standard Audi A1 engine, the 40 TFSI, and creates an awesome sound. This was achieved by installing a completely different 2.0 TFSI engine with performance upgrade. The change of the engine and a sound check can, of course, also be seen on YouTube. The aggressive sound is partly due to the stainless steel exhaust system with twin 114 mm pipes and carbon tails. In order to further improve performance, the team around Daniel Abt installed H&R suspension springs and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 265/30 R19 red-wall tyres. As befits a real racer, the interior was also enhanced with a roll-over bar and a whole host of additional interesting details.
And as for the interior, we have a full Alcantara wrap and a roll cage in the back.