The new Audi S1 hot hatch is supposed to be making it's debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month yet an image of the model has surfaced online ahead of the official reveal.
Visually, the S1 Quattro is more menacing than the A1 super mini it is based on. The front end bumper is more chiselled with large air intakes while the alloys appear to have increased in size hiding bigger and more powerful brakes. Alongside the new bodykit, there is also the option of fitting a Quattro exterior styling package, featuring even more striking bumpers and a rear spoiler.
The Quattro performance arm at Audi has recently been criticised by owners Volkswagen for the marketing of certain models. The Volkswagen Group have been urging the likes of the Skoda, Seat and Porsche brands on to get achieve higher sales figures this year.
The headlight shape has also been altered, the S1's now a bit sharper, which is going to be rolled out across the whole A1 range later this year as part of a facelift. With the new headlights, the S1 also gets xenons and at the back there are new LED tail-lamps with unique graphics. The S1 model comes in four exclusive new paint finishes, including Vegas Yellow.
Inside the model is finished largely in black with dark grey dials in the instrument panel though the Quattro interior styling package adds splashes of colour to match the paint. Sport seats are standard but there is the option of racier versions complete with integrated headrests.
Due to it's 2.0 litre turbo engine that is capable of delivering 228 brake horse power and 370Nm of torque. Power is distributed through a six-speed manual gearbox and Quattro four-wheel drive as standard. The three door model can go from a standstill to 62mph in 5.8 seconds while the five door Sportback takes 5.9 seconds.
The suspension on the model has been altered as well with a new four-link set-up at the rear and firmer dampers all-round to help improve cornering. The S1's alloys have gone up to 18 inches, with larger brake discs and new settings for the electromechanical power-steering also being added. The Standard Audi Drive Select let's owners vary the dampers and engine response.
The Audi S1 is expected to go on sale in the spring and prices for the UK are yet to be confirmed though are estimated to start from £25,000 for the three door S1 model with the Sportback costing £560 more.