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Audi A1 by Senner Tuning

The German tuners from Senner Tuning have decided to come up with yet another tuning program for the Audi A1. This time they chose the one fitted with the 1.4 TFSI engine and the 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox and increased the output to 163 hp (165 PS / 121 kW) and 195 lb.-ft (265 Nm) of torque. The previous tuning program had 154 hp (156 PS / 115 kW) and a peak torque of 184 lb.-ft (250 Nm).

Audi A1 by Senner Tuning

They also throw in a KW suspension lowering kit and a brand new exhaust system with double 90 mm end pipes. The car you see in these pictures is wearing a brown paintwork with Amalfi White accents for the roof arches, mirrors and those 19-inch alloys, dubbed Barracuda Tzunamee, wrapped around in 225/35R19 rubber.

Audi A1 by Senner Tuning

On the inside, they’ve installed a multifunctional steering wheel, new floor mats with the company’s logo and a beige & black velvet finish.

Audi A1 by Senner Tuning

All of these goodies can be yours if you can afford to pay 36, 590 Euros (car included).

Source: Senner Tuning via WCF

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Pogea Audi A1

The tuners from Pogea Racing have announced their customization program for the Audi A1. They’ve upped the output of the engine, but this wasn’t a rather easy process as you might have expected due to the reason that the ECU of the A1, along with other processors, are password protected by a system which the automaker has named Tuning Protection Level 10.

However, Pogea’s hackers and tuners managed to reprogram the ECU, giving a healthy power boost. In other words, the A1’s engine can output 156 hp @ 5,500 rpm and 266 Nm @ 3,300 rpm, good for a top speed of 245 km/h. This power increase is available for the Stage I program.

Pogea Audi A1

The Stage II has been developed for the “sportier clients” and comes with a KW coilover suspension Variant 2 set up for the Hockenheimring track, along with additional air cooling and black-painted OZ Racing Alleggrita HLT rims, wrapped around in ET35 Sport Contact 3 Continental rubber. In addition, the engineers at Pogea have fitted the tiny A1 with a new set of Brembo brakes and a custom exhaust system.

My only complaint about this tuning program is the color; they should have chosen something a little bit more lively, like red for example.

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Senner Audi A1 1.4 TSI

Earlier this week the German tuners from Senner have released their tuning program for the Audi A1 which adds some extra muscles to the smallest model from Audi’s lineup. The standard Audi A1 develops 122 hp (90 kW) and 220 Nm and with the help of this tuning program, the same engine can output 156 hp and 250 Nm of torque. This extra boost in power is available thanks to the BMC OTA Power Airbox that replaces the standard air filter plus the Chipbox ECU upgrade along with a stainless steel exhaust system that has 90mm tailpipes.

The Audi A1 1.4 TSI tuned by Senner rolls on 18-inch Conriche Monza black-polis wheels that are wrapped in Hankook S1 Evo tires. In comparison to the standard model, the Senner A1 is 35 mm lower to the ground with the help of the new sport springs.

The price for all of the above mentioned features is 4590 Euros.

Senner Audi A1 1.4 TSI

As an optional feature, the car can be fitted with a coilover suspension with custom height, compression and rebound adjustments as well as various carbon fiber components for lowering the weight. The interior of the A1 can also be customized and the car can be had with LED rear lights.

The prices for these optional features are available upon request.

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Audi wants to keep on with its electric and hybrid research, and has just announced that it will roll out a test fleet of 20 Audi A1 e-tron prototypes.

In case you forgot, the extended range electric vehicle was revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, boasting a 100 HP electric motor, which can keep the vehicle running for around 31 miles, and a rotary Wankel engine, designed to kick in when the lithium ion battery pack doesn’t have enough juice to keep powering the motor. This can add up to 123 miles to the range, meaning a total of 155 miles for the A1 e-tron.

The 20 prototypes will be rolled out around the streets of Munich, and are partly funded by the German Transportation Ministry. The federal authority will also invest in building nearly 200 electric charging stations around the city, in order to create an infrastructure capable of supporting electric vehicles.


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Yesterday we revealed that Audi might be bringing a special performance version of the new A7 Sportback, the S7, to the Paris Motor Show, in order to please fans.

Now, the company has confirmed that it will be bringing one S model, but not the S7. Instead, the German carmaker will be presenting the Audi S1 hot hatch model.

Based on the already available A1, the S1 will feature a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, capable of outputting around 180 HP. This, together with the front-wheel drive and special handling upgrades, will enable a 0 to 62 mph time of under 7 seconds and a top speed of over 140 mph. A seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, with paddles behind the steering wheel is standard.

The S1′s styling will be influenced by the already revealed S Line accessories package for the A1. This includes a more aggressive body kit, lowered suspension and bigger wheels.

Official details will be unveiled in Paris later this month.


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Back when the new Audi A1 compact was first announced, officials revealed that it will be sold just in Europe, given the territory’s fondness of premium city cars.

Now, things have changed. According to Audi’s sales boss, Peter Schwarzenbauer, the global interest in the A1 has gone past all expectations, and as such, we will get to see the A1 reach other continents in the future.

Production is already being increased, given the already high popularity of the A1, and Audi is set to focus on the Asian markets in the next few years. China will be the main focus, but the German company wants to seriously ramp up production before it will launch the A1 there. This means that Chinese customers will be able to get their hands on the attractive compact around 2012.

The US market, on the other hand, will still be deprived of the A1, seeing as how customers are still reluctant to pay a premium for a city car. The model will eventually appear on North American shores, but probably with the second generation model.


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Mini used to be all about making compact city cars, but with the Countryman compact crossover, things have gotten bigger for the brand.

Seeing as how its A1 city model will directly rival the usual Mini cars, Audi is now rumored to be preparing a direct contender for the Countryman. Even though a Q3 might make more sense, it seems that Audi will prepare an A1 Allroad model.

According to AutoZeitung, it seems that an Allroad version, currently available for the A4 and A6, will be making its way onto the A1 range around 2013, joining the current three-door and the future five-door editions.

Not much else is known about this future model, but it seems that the Quattro all-wheel drive system will be making an appearance. This would really explain the fact that Audi has refrained from offering the technology on the regular A1 editions.

Frankly, we’re not so sure about this rumor, but crazier things have been seen before. What say you? Share your thoughts about this possible A1 Allroad in the comment section below.


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After Mini announced that it will be offering uniquely customized models for the Life Ball charity auction, Audi has also revealed its noble efforts concerning a unique A1 city car.

At a recent charity drive organized by British singer Elton John, artist Damien Hirst revealed a one-off Audi A1, which was given the spin-paint treatment.

The car, which took a whopping 6 months to complete, has been auctioned for an impressive $527,000 (£350,000, to be exact). Besides the funky little city car, the winning bidder has also received a spin painted canvas, six feet in diameter, which was created at the same time as the Audi.


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Audi‘s biggest marketing push for its A1 city car, ‘The Next Big Thing‘ video series, has finally come to an end.

The German company released the sixth and final video in the lineup, completing the story of the characters played by Justin Timberlake and Dania Ramirez.

We saw car chases, shooting, fight club scenes and even a dramatic death, but now the conclusion (lackluster, in our opinion) has been revealed.

Hit the jump and check out the last video with the Audi A1 and then share your thoughts on the whole series below.

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Another week, another short film in Audi’s ‘The Next Big Thing‘ series.

In case you’re late to the party, the German carmaker revealed this special Hollywood-style series in order to promote its new A1 city car.

Employing the talents of pop singer Justin Timberlake and actress Dania Ramirez, the series is pretty interesting in some aspects and also showcases the talents of the A1.

The fifth (second to last) video has just been revealed, so hit the jump and check it out.

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Even though it dropped out of the media spotlight after being rescued in the nick of time by Spyker from GM, Swedish carmaker Saab is still going ahead full steam with its revival plans.

A big part of the Saab renaissance will be a completely new 92 successor, a compact hatch designed to take on other premium city car rivals like the Mini or the newly revealed Audi A1.

According to Victor Muller, the company’s CEO, the new 92 will be reminiscent of the teardrop-shaped Saabs of yesteryear and the brand is already in talks with quite a few carmakers to share the future platform of the 92. This would achieve a much needed reduction in developments costs, given Saab’s still rocky financial situation.

Muller revealed that he is checking in with designers every day for updates on the future 92, and that when he’s not talking with his team, he’s reaching out to manufacturers for the platform development.

Given the already popular Mini, the Fiat 500 or the new Audi A1, plus other premium city cars from the likes of Mercedes-Benz or BMW, is Saab making the right choice to dive into this segment? Pitch in your two cents below.


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Once again, the next generation Audi A2 is at the center of some heated speculations. After rumors that we’ll be seeing the next iteration of the city car around 2012, now its possible electric drivetrain is ‘powering’ the rumor mill.

According to the blokes over at Autocar, the next gen A2 will only be marketed as an electric car, in order to rival BMW’s future Megacity EV. We’ve heard this before, but this time it is deemed as a certainty that no conventional engines will be made available, as to not hurt the sales of the A1.

While rumors deemed a regular electric powertrain, now some voices are hinting that the extended-range electric vehicle technology we saw on the A1 e-tron concept in Geneva will be used for the next A2. As you may remember, it used a 61 HP motor which drew power from a lithium-ion battery pack. If the power reserve was depleted, a small capacity rotary engine would charge it up.

Frankly, we can’t really say for sure what’s going on behind closed doors in Ingolstadt, so we should just wait for the next big motors shows and find out. Until then, speculation will no doubt run rampant.


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As we said time and time again, Audi is pulling out all the stops in order to ensure its newest model, the tiny A1 gets remembered by its target audience.

From the constant teasers before its official release to the ‘Next Big Thing’ short film series, we were treated to quite a few marketing stunts. Sadly, at least for Audi PR people, a stunt that took place in Brussels, Belgium, went awfully wrong.

The German company set up a big skateboard-like half pipe ramp and showcased the maneuverability of the compact city car. Sadly, during one of those tests, the stunt driver approached the half pipe head on, resulting in the A1 flipping on its side.

The incident was immediately covered up by Audi, but a few photos (seen above) were taken during the incident.

So, do you think quattro all-wheel drive would’ve saved the A1 from flipping over? Share your thoughts below.


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Audi is keeping up with the marketing push for its A1 model and has released the third video in ‘The Next Big Thing‘ film series.

We’ve already seen the first and the second videos, but the third one takes the awkwardness factor much higher. Luckily we get to see the lovely Dania Ramirez doing some more provocative fighting.

Anyway, by now you’re either intrigued or turned off by this marketing attempt, so hit the jump if you want to check out the third video.

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BMW knows that the next playing field for the three big luxury German carmakers will be the compact segment. As such, it has announced a month ago that front-wheel models are coming, whether purists like it or not.

Now, the lads at Autocar have scored some new info about the FWD projects the Bavarian company has in mind. The details are pretty interesting, to say the least, and involve two new models.

The first will be incorporated into the next generation 1 Series. Fans needn’t worry, as it will be distinguished from the traditional RWD models, through a modified design plus a much lower asking price. This specific model will attract people who weren’t interested before in BMW cars and will use the platform of the next Mini.

Besides offering a FWD BMW experience, this model will boast increased space on the inside, thanks to a new transversely-mounted engine and gearbox that allow for a much shorter front end. The main target for this car will be the presumably revived Audi A2 or the next Mercedes-Benz A Class.

The second FWD BMW will directly target the upcoming Audi A1 and also slot in below the 1 Series in terms of price. The car will feature a sportier design than the model we mentioned above, and might be available just in three-door form, to keep dimensions and weight as low as possible.

BMW isn’t worried that these new models will affect Mini sales, as its research has pointed out that the brands cater to very different types of customers.


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