Audi will enter the junior hot hatch ranks with the new 180bhp S1 in 2011, taking on the Mini Cooper S and Alfa Romeo’s new Mito Cloverleaf.
The S1 is scheduled to make its world debut at next year’s Paris motor show.
The A1 and S1 were first previewed over two years ago, when Audi showed the Metro Project Concept, since renamed A1. The production S1 will feature the newer interpretation of Audi’s single-frame grille, as seen on the five-door Sportback concept.
The S1 will also get deeper bumpers, a lower ride height, chrome-coloured mirror housings and 17-inch wheels.