As its name would imply, the A1 Quattro comes equipped with the automaker’s legendary all-wheel-drive system, with power provided by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder used in the Audi S3, creating 252hp at 6,000 rpm and 258lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm, eclipsing the standard 1.4-liter A1 by 70hp and 74lb-ft. What’s even more impressive is that despite its fuel efficient nature (it car return an average of 27.67 US mpg) the Audi A1 Quattro still boasts of some serious figures, including a 0-62 mph time of 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 152 mph.
A six-speed transmission handles the shifts, while a series of multi-clutch differentials distribute power and traction to all four wheels. The four-wheel-drive system sends most power to the front wheels, with drive sent to the rear wheels only if the front ones start to slip. Firmer front suspension and more sophisticated rear suspension are aimed at providing sharper handling.
The exterior speaks for itself. The A1 Quattro is packed with 18-inch turbine design wheels, huge 12.28-inch disc brakes, tinted rear windows, and, of course, a full aerodynamic treatment. The front bumper is aggressive, with huge air scoops, while trim elements in gloss black and red accent the grille and headlights. Quattro badges are everywhere.
Inside, there are leather sports seats with contrasting red trim, white instrument needles and lots of metallic trim. Standard equipment includes a Bose sound system, sat-nav, climate control and Bluetooth.
Pretty impressive figures for a pint-sized premium car, but unfortunately the most impressive figure is the number that will be built. Just 333, and naturally, the U.S. is left out.
So the first special edition of the Mercedes SLS AMG goes to Dubai, UAE where the market for such cars is huge! Mercedes-Benz decided to show off a special SLS AMG Gullwing with the designation “Desert Gold” with a matt gold color at the bi-annual Dubai Motor Show that runs from December 15 to 20.
The Desert Gold features an attention-grabbing exterior with a matt gold paint scheme, gloss black accents, and black AMG wheels which measure 9.5 x 19 at the front and 11.0 x 20 at the rear. Inside, the car boasts sports seats, a solid carbon-fiber center console, and various other carbon fiber accents.