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Audi to skip the S and go straight to RS1?

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If you were surprised Audi chose to forgo the S1 nameplate for the top-spec version of the A1 premium hatch, hold on to your hats, because the rumour mill is spinning up again. This time, reports direct from Germany suggest that Ingolstadt may choose to skip the S1 altogether and go straight to the top with a new RS1. :cool:

The move would necessitate the adaptation of the A1's chassis to accommodate all-wheel drive as previously reported, with power potentially coming from the same 2.0-litre TFSI engine found in the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the Mini Cooper JCW in its sites. A series of visual upgrades would undoubtedly distinguish the RS1 from its more pedestrian stablemates, with reports tipping its arrival for early 2012.

Audi A1 Sportversion: RS 1 kommt mit Allradantrieb - autobild.de

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Would Audi really devalue their most sought after badge by sticking it on a shopping trolley??

Yep, course they would...

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Audi already had plans to re-engineer its PQ25 platform to allow for all-wheel drive production and manufacture of the Polo R and CrossPolo model (and allow for Audi to also build an S1 model (RS1?) with Quattro).

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Woohoooo! Pocket Rocket! +++. I guess it would compete with cars like the Fiat Abarth.

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7yrs after it`s launch....Audi decides to give us the RS3.....and yet less than 2yrs after hitting the streets an RS1 will appear.:confused::confused:

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7yrs after it`s launch....Audi decides to give us the RS3.....and yet less than 2yrs after hitting the streets an RS1 will appear.:confused::confused:

It's the perfect example of how to shift your remaining stocks of a dated and well past it car, that you wouldn't otherwise be able to sell, stick some shiny bits on it, tweak the engine, and tell everyone it's a 'limited edition run' and hey presto, mugs all over the place put in their orders! :P

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I would be very surprised if Audi skip the S1, Ford & Vauxhall have shown that having a "warm" as well as a "hot" hatch is needed to fill all the niches - which is what Audi seem to be aiming to do now.

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