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by Tim Beissmann

Audi Australia has confirmed it will launch the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI hot hatch by June, taking the fight up to the recently released Volkswagen Polo GTI.

Like the Polo GTI, the A1 1.4 TFSI is powered by a 1.4-litre twin-charged engine (turbocharged and supercharged) developing 136kW of power and 250Nm of torque (4kW more than the Volkswagen).

Despite the extra power, combined cycle fuel consumption is 5.9 litres/100km and CO2 emissions average 139g/km (0.2 litres/100km and 3g/km better than the Polo).

The two both sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds although the GTI has a top speed 2km/h higher than the A1 (229km/h vs 227km/h).

Also like the Polo GTI, the A1 1.4 TFSI will be available with only a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, directing power to the front wheels.

Fitted with the Ambition equipment line, the A1 1.4 TFSI will feature 17-inch alloy wheels, S line exterior package, LED interior lighting packaging, part-leather upholstery and the standard six-speaker CD system with a 6.5-inch retractable display screen.

Audi Australia is yet to announce pricing for the 2011 Audi A1 1.4 TFSI, although it will come in above the current seven-speed A1 Ambition, which starts at $35,000 (the three-door Volkswagen Polo GTI starts at $27,790).

Audi Australia’s Nadine Giusti confirmed the 66kW/230Nm TDI diesel model would be introduced shortly after the 1.4 TFSI in the second half of the year.

The 1.6-litre diesel model uses a hybrid-beating 3.8 litres/100km combined and emits just 99g/km.




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