Audi may be expanding its range of RS-badged vehicles, but an RS1 won’t be joining the burgeoning ranks.
This comes after reports the RS badge will appear on both plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles.
It also follows word there won’t be an S-badged version of the new A1.
It featured a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 170kW and 370Nm, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The head of communication at Audi, Peter Oberndorfer, told us the S1 was expensive to develop and build and that a second-generation model was unlikely.
Therefore, Audi won't go to the effort of trying to wedge a five-cylinder engine into the A1 to make an RS1.
With no RS1 and no replacement S1 in the works, that means the A1 40 TFSi will remain the performance leader of the A1 range.
Sharing its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the Volkswagen Polo GTI, the 40 TFSI produces 147kW and 320Nm.
It’s mated to a six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch auto.
Audi’s decision not to produce an RS1 indicates Audi Sport isn't developing any models with a four-cylinder engine.
The first RS-badged Audi, the Audi 80-based RS 2 Avant, featured a turbocharged five-cylinder engine.
Since then, the RS badge has been applied to cars with five-cylinder, V6, V8 and V10 petrol engines, but never a vehicle with a four-cylinder engine.