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Audi A1 Quattro: When engineers are allowed to play (pictures)

Stuffing the last-gen S3's engine in to the smallest car in the range isn't often done. Audi's A1 Quattro is pretty special, then.

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Drew Stearne

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The A1 Quattro is covered in awesome little design details.
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Like its massive white wheels, spoiler and black boot cover.
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The A1 Quattro's heart was nabbed from the last-generation S3.
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Its wheels are quite striking, a definite highlight.
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Its massive air dams are big enough to fit your head in. Trust us, we tried.
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Its paint job is pretty cool, isn't it? Shame you can't get it on a normal A1...
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Only 333 were made worldwide.
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And they're all left-hand drive.
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Its gearbox is awesome.
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Red details pepper the car. It's pretty cool.
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You'd think throwing over 250bhp into an A1 would make it unruly...
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...but add four-wheel drive and you end up with a miniature rally car.
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The highest-power A1 currently made has around 180bhp...
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...which means any possible S1 would have around 220bhp. The same as a Golf GTI.
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There are plenty of racing tweaks to the car...
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...which make it handle incredibly well.
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We only had access to the car for a day, but we fell for it. Hard.
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Its burbly noise, sublime handling, and scary-quick pace are rather endearing.
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It's a shame Audi won't be making more than 333...

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