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by Tim Beissmann

Audi has released the most powerful version of its new premium light car to date – the 2011 Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S line – in the UK.

Powered by a twin-charged (turbocharged and supercharged) 1.4-litre petrol engine, its power and performance is almost identical to its sister car – the Volkswagen Polo GTI.

Producing 136kW of power and 250Nm of torque, the A1 S line sprints from 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 227km/h. Teamed to a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission driving the front wheels, the A1’s combined cycle fuel consumption is marginally better than the Polo at 5.9 litres/100km and averages a tidy 139g/km CO2.

Included in the top-spec S line model is a revised suspension set-up for improved agility, turn-in characteristics and mid-corner stability and grip. Also incorporated into the handling package is Audi’s latest ESP system with an electronic limited slip differential.

Visually, the vehicle benefits from an exclusive S line exterior design and 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside it features part-leather upholstered sports seats, as well as Bluetooth phone connectivity, six-speaker CD system with iPod connectivity and a 6.5-inch retractable display.

UK pricing for the 2011 Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S line starts at £20,705 ($33,370).

CarAdvice has contacted Audi Australia about the potential availability of the high-performance A1, and we will update the story when we hear more.

Last month, Audi confirmed the petrol-powered A1 would be joined by a diesel option in the second half of 2011. Powered by a 66kW/230Nm 1.6-litre engine, the A1 TDI promises to be one of the most eco-friendly vehicles in the country, with a combined cycle fuel economy of 3.8 litres/100km and CO2 emissions averaging 99g/km.

Read CarAdvice’s full drive review of the Audi A1.




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