Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  Audi A1 quattro Prototype - Web Exclusive
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Audi A1 quattro Prototype - Web Exclusive

The newcomer will ensure quattro has full representation across the Audi range, from this latest A1 quattro prototype to the A8 luxury sedan.

Jan 11, 2011

A development version of the forthcoming all-wheel-drive premium sub-compact hatchback has been testing on snow-covered roads around Montreal in Canada recently.

Eurp_1101_02_o+audi_a1_quattro_prototype+front_view Photo 2/3   |   Audi A1 quattro Prototype - Web Exclusive

The newcomer will ensure quattro has full representation across the Audi range, from this latest A1 quattro prototype to the A8 luxury sedan.

The little A1 is currently undergoing a baptism of fire in the freezing conditions on Canada's snow-packed roads. The development car is one of the stars of the 'Fascination of quattro' event taking place in Montreal to celebrate the past, present and future of the legendary four-wheel-drive system, which reached its 30th anniversary in 2010.

The car has been built to affirm the commitment made at the 2010 Paris Auto Show to underpin future high performance variants of the A1 with the all-wheel drive system.

The latest member of the quattro family uses technology very similar to that used in A3 and TT models. At its core is an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch located ahead of the rear axle for optimized weight distribution. Inside the clutch is a package of plates that rotate in an oil bath.

Eurp_1101_01_o+audi_a1_quattro_prototype+rear_right_side_view Photo 3/3   |   Audi A1 quattro Prototype - Web Exclusive

During normal driving, the clutch sends most of the power to the front wheels. If the front axle loses grip, the clutch can instantly transfer torque to the rear axle by forcing the plates together. A pressure reservoir helps the electric pump develop the necessary oil pressure instantly.

There is no indication yet as to when the quattro model will be offered for sale, nor whether the car will be introduced to North America.

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Clean and classic, with a look that will still turn heads 30 years from now
Benjamin HuntingMar 25, 2019
Jean-Francois "JF" Boucher doesn't have any problems dealing with sponsors. That's because he built his car alone and for himself, without any sponsors, and he's proud of it
Austin LottMar 22, 2019
Audi managed to wring 610 hp out of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for its 2019 RS 5 DTM race car
Alex NishimotoMar 21, 2019
This June, ENEOS will send driver Dai Yoshihara to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the Evasive Motorsports-prepped 900HP, 2JZ Toyota 86
Bob HernandezMar 20, 2019
How does a Corvette guru pick up Nissan's beloved Z?
Sam DuMar 20, 2019
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP