Audi S1: A Fast Hatchback You're Not Going to See in the U.S.

By David Thomas  on February 12, 2014

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Do these numbers grab your attention?

  • 231 horsepower
  • 273 pounds-feet of toque
  • Zero to 62 mph in less than 6 seconds
  • 33 mpg estimated combined mileage

And do you like small, European hatchbacks with all-wheel drive and a luxury car interior? Then it is time for you to leave the country because Audi will probably never import the just announced S1 and S1 Sportback (above) to the U.S.

Why you ask? Well, American buyers are just now getting used to smaller, less-luxurious cars from nameplates like Audi with the A3 going on sale soon, Mercedes-Benz’s CLA-Class and BMW’s upcoming 2 Series.

Would they buy something even smaller for upward of what could be $40,000?

Not likely. But it’s still nice to see what Audi can do in the small car space.

Editor’s note: Audi has not confirmed the car will never come to the U.S.

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Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David


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