German car-making giant, Audi, has revealed its first ever three-cylinder vehicle in the firm’s proud 83-year history.
The 1.0-litre turbocharged model is exempt from fuel excise duty and offers 67.3mpg whilst emitting just 97g/km of CO2.
Despite its small size, the A1 1.0 TFSI is nimble with 94bhp and 159Nm of torque – figures like these mean it can get from a standstill to 62mph in 10.9 seconds with a top speed of 116mph.
A five-speed manual gearbox comes as standard with a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission also available – 0-62mph times are unchanged with either transmission.
Both trim options come with alloy wheels, remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front windows and mirrors and a six-speaker single CD audio system with auxiliary iPod connection linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display.
Another feature that is included as standard is a secondary collision brake assist system, which can initiate automatic braking to limit the risks of skidding and additional collisions during an accident.
Key advancements on the 2015 Sport specification include the Audi Music Interface and preparation for SD card-based navigation alongside larger 16-inch wheels, sports suspension, sports seats, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation and a Driver’s Information System.
The firmer sports suspension configuration is now a standard feature of Sport models and has been further revised to increase its absorbency – customers now have the option to replace it at no extra cost with the more flexible set-up of the SE trim.
As always with A1 and A1 Sportback variants – potential owners of the new 1.0-litre TFSI can choose from a range of different options to personalise their car and enrich it with features more normally associated with models from the classes above.
The roof line in three-door models and the complete roof section in Sportback versions can be paired in a range of contrasting colours, creating a striking and distinct look that can be emphasised further by features such as privacy glass and a high gloss black styling package taking in the grille and side air inlets.
Other distinctive effects can be specified in the high quality cabin, where elements such as the rear view mirror surround, air vent sleeves, door pulls and the edges of the centre console can be finished in vibrant colours including Misano red, Macao yellow and Glacier white.
Optional extras for those looking to boost the A1’s equipment list can add an open sky panoramic sunroof, acoustic parking control, LED interior lighting, satellite navigation, Audi Phone Box mobile connectivity and in-car internet services through Audi connect.
Available to order now in both SE and Sport specification, the A1 1.0 TFSI is priced at £14,315.
Fifty years on since the first four-ringed model reached the UK – the two-millionth Audi has been sold.
Back in 1965, when just 32 Audi cars had UK homes – it would have seem unlikely that an amazing two million more would follow.
The first Audi sold in the UK was a ‘compact executive’ in a model range of just one – known internally as the F103 or publicly as the “The Audi”.
This initial foray into the British car market would prove to be the starting block for a range that in 2015 numbers some 51 model types from city cars to ten-cylinder supercars, and has recently welcomed the A3 Sportback e-tron – the first ever plug-in hybrid and two millionth car to be sold in the UK car.
Audi AG is now even closer to selling two million cars across the world in just one year – around 1,741,000 cars were delivered to customers worldwide in 2014.
Director of Audi UK, Andre Konsbruck, was delighted, “It’s hugely gratifying for the team in the UK to reach this significant milestone in the brand’s history in the UK, but it’s the contributory figures lying behind the headline number which really speak volumes about our recent past and our future aspirations.”
Adding, “Domestically the brand has risen from humble beginnings in the Sixties to become the leader in the premium segment, and the last two decades have delivered virtually constant, and in all but three years record-breaking, growth. These are really robust foundations on which we plan to build consistently and substantially with the help of an ever expanding portfolio of models.”
‘The Audi’ was produced at the company’s Ingolstadt plant in Bavaria – which remains Audi’s headquarters to this day – and it was the first car to roll of the production line with a four-stroke engine rather than the more common two-stroke design.
The 1700cc powertrain produced a mere 71bhp – a fraction of the 562bhp that the top of the range R8 LMX manages.
Priced at £160,000 – the 5.2-litre V10 engine will take this supercar from a standing start to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 198mph.
Available as a two-door coupe, four-door saloon or estate, ‘The Audi’ was fundamentally the forerunner to the Audi 80 and 90 – which went on to form the theoretical foundation of the A4 which was the compact executive saloon that began Audi on its path to success.
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