According to the latest reports, it appears that the upcoming Audi A1 mini car, the car will not be offered with the famous quattro all-wheel drive system.
The logic among the Audi engineers being that since the Audi A1 was all about economy affordability, the inclusion of its legendary AWD system would mean additional weight restraints as well as substantial price increases. The decision not to include the AWD helps to keep the weight down and the price even lower.
The new smaller Audi will be offered with just one variant for its drivetrain, which is a seven speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. The teutonic Audi A1 should be available in August or September 2011 in Europe, with a planned sportback version to follow the following year. Audi does not plan to stop there thou as it also wants to get a cabriolet version ready for production by early 2012. The S1 will reportedly begin production in February of 2011 with a 1.4-litre TFSI powerplant that has 180 horsepower and a 0-100 kph sprint time of 6.9 seconds.
The Audi A1 is due to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next March.