2008 Paris Special: Audi A1 Sportback Concept | Rpmgo.com

One of the main attractions of the Audi stand at the Paris show was the Audi A1 Sportback concept car. The design study follows Audi’s A1 Metroproject Quattro concept and it shows the German carmaker’s vision of a four-seater sub-compact hybrid. The concept is powered by a 1.4-litre TFSI engine developing 110 kW (150 hp), mated to an S tronic dual-clutch transmission. When the vehicle is accelerating, a 20 kW (27 hp) electric motor delivers an additional 150 Nm of torque (110.63 lb-ft).

When both the petrol engine and the electric motors are running, the A1 Sportback is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds and it goes up to a top speed of 200 km/h (125 mph). The use of the electric motor allows the A1 to get an impressive fuel consumption of only 3.9 liters per 100 km (60 US mpg), while CO2 emissions are kept at 92 g/km (148.06 g/mile). Not to mention that the electric motor is able to power the car on its own, when driving at low speeds; it offers a driving range of 100 km (62 miles), zero-emissions and the lithium-ion batteries can be recharged from any power socket.

Impressive concept from Audi, and we’re probably going to see a production-ready version soon, especially with the new Euro 5 standards waiting to be introduced in 2012, despite carmakers’ protests.

Read more about the Audi A1 Sportback in the offical press release (click here) and enjoy the photos we took at the French show.

Photo Gallery: Audi A1 Sportback concept at the Paris Motor Show

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