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First Look: Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro

Who says small has to be slow?

by on Jun.01, 2011

This pint-sized Audi is no econobox.

Anyone who equates small cars with underpowered econoboxes better take a deep breath before checking out the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro.

Though technically a concept vehicle, the subcompact muscle car unveiled at Audi’s annual gathering in Worthersee could very well – many will hope – be a sign of things to come.

The show car starts out as a conventional Audi A1, the Volkswagen subsidiaries smallest offering.  But there most resemblances end.  For one thing, the Clubsport gets the signature Audi all-wheel-drive system, Quattro, which is not currently offered in the A1 line.  That’s only the beginning.

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The pint-sized fury 2.5-liter turbo inline-five goes through what might be called “extensive tuning.”  By the time the maker’s gearheads finished up, they were able to squeeze a screaming 500 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque out of the little package, a jaw-dropping 200 hp/liter, a specific output that would be the pride of many a race team.  Power is directed through a 6-speed manual gearbox to all four wheels.