Audi S1 Sportback spied

12 Dec, 2012 9:30am

Our spies have caught the first glimpse of the storming new Audi S1 Sportback getting into shape

This is the new high-performance 220bhp Audi S1 Sportback. We’ve spotted a three-door S1 in testing before, but this is the first we’ve seen of a five-door Sportback version.

The all-wheel-drive Renault Clio RS rival can be seen here with a lower stance, more aggressive front bumper and familiar S-model foglamp housings.

There are chunkier side skirts, too, with a rear diffuser complete with a quad-exhaust set-up. Production versions will wear 18-inch alloy wheels with wider tyres than on the car in these pictures and, like all of Audi’s S performance models, will feature silver mirror caps.

The 220bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine gives it 38bhp more than the most potent A1, enough to go from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds. There are also stronger brakes, plus firmer suspension and a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

Pricing is expected to start from around £25,500.