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by Tim Beissmann

The Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport has been launched in Australia, staking its claim as one of the hottest light hot hatches in the country.

The Audi A1 Sport is available in just one variant in Australia: a three-door hatch with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, priced from $42,500.

The front-wheel drive A1 Sport is powered by a 1.4-litre TFSI (supercharged, turbocharged, direct injection) petrol engine. It produces 136kW of power and 250Nm of torque (just 4kW more than the $27,790 Volkswagen Polo GTI three-door).

Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 6.9 seconds and the A1 Sport will go on to a top speed of 227km/h.

Combined cycle fuel consumption is a tidy 5.9 litres/100km (7.5 litres/100km city/5.1 litres/100km highway) while CO2 emissions average 139g/km.

The exterior comes with the full S line package including front and rear bumpers, rear diffuser and rear spoiler. Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights are standard, along with 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and rear parking sensors.

The suspension setup is the same as the one offered in the Ambition model line with a MacPherson strut front and a torsion beam rear. The brakes are also unchanged (288mm at the front, 230mm at the rear).

Inside, the A1 Sport scores automatic climate control, LED lighting package, high-gloss black air vent sleeves, black headlining and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The cloth sports seats are carried over from the Ambition, with Milano leather pews a $2300 option.

A number of others features are also offered as options, with the priciest including the MMI navigation plus pack (hard drive navigation, 20GB music storage, music interface, two SD card readers – $3600), panoramic sunroof ($2090), 18-inch alloy wheels ($2000), 14-speaker Bose sound system ($1450) and metallic paint ($990).

The total vehicle price – $42,500 before government and dealer charges – puts the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport in direct competition with the MINI Cooper S ($40,500) as well as the mental Renault Clio RS 200 Trophee ($38,990).




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