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.
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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 CO


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.