The Audi A1 quattro is currently out testing in Canada and we have the latest intel for you! Make sure to read.
Audi’s four-wheel-drive A1 is still 12 months away, but that hasn’t stopped the firm from rolling out a prototype of its smallest quattro in the snows of Canada.
The A1 with quattro was confirmed at the Paris Motor Show last year. The newcomer uses a Haldex system similar to that of the A3 and TT. That means that the A1 remains in front-wheel drive most of the time, but when the going gets slippy, an electronically controlled, multi-plate clutch located in front of the rear axle can instantly transfer power to the back axle too, giving the full benefit of four-wheel drive.
Under the bonnet, the A1 quattro will use a 182bhp version of the VW Group’s 1.4-litre turbocharged and supercharged engine initially, with a 1.6-litre TDI diesel model being added in some markets. An S1 comes later, and will feature a 220bhp 1.6-litre FSI unit.