In the lead up to the Tokyo Motor Show, Audi have prematurely released photos of the surprisingly stunning and innovative A1 Metroproject Quattro concept.
This latest offering from Audi which will most likely see production in the near future is designed and marketed as a direct competitor to the Mini Cooper.
Featuring a coupe-style roof line with aluminium arches and the trademark Audi grille, the A1 concept is certainly a very attractive package.
Most interesting is the powertrain. Under the bonnet lies a familiar 1.4L TFSI engine developing 110kW which sends power to the front wheels.
However, it doesn’t end there, positioned at the rear of the car is an electric motor developing 30kW. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is another tree hugging hybrid, this is the four-wheeled equivalent of Captain Planet.
When you put the foot down, the electric motor provides an additional 200Nm for some added get up and go, adding significant credibility to its efficiently powerful persona.
As a true plug-in electric hybrid, when power isn’t everything the A1 Metroproject is capable of traveling up to 100km purely driven by the electric motor for some clean, quiet, zero emissions meandering.
In addition, engine stop/start and brake energy regeneration help reduce fuel consumption by up to 15 percent.
Performance stands at a respectable 0-100km/h time of 7.8 seconds, with a top speed of 201km/h.
The A1 Metroproject concept consumes just 4.9L/100km of premium fuel, with CO2 emissions averaging just 122g/km.
It also features the latest in magnetic ride shock absorber suspensions, previously reserved only for the Audi TT and R8.
Thanks to MotorAuthority