Ice Driving with the New Audi A1 Quattro - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
252hp in a hatchback designed for city use. It's an extreme car the A1 quattro. Just 333 are being built. We went to Sweden to drive it on a lake. Which told us very little about the car, but it looked beautiful. And we got a ride with Stig Blomqvist in a Sport Quattro. This is a Chris Harris home movie...
Living With the McLaren MP4-12C - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
Five days in one of the most interesting sports cars ever made. The 600hp
MP4-12C mixes everyday usability with Millennium Falcon performance. We
drive it everywhere from town-centre to race-track. And yes, we now want
one rather desperately.
Audi A1 Quattro: The S1's super-rare predecessor - XCAR
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The idea of stuffing a giant engine into the most inappropriate of spaces
has been floating around for ages, with the Audi A1 Quattro this idea has
been taken to something of an extreme.
The Audi A1 is a lovely little car. It's small, unassuming, popular, well
made and really good to drive. Its build quality is up there with Audi
standards, as are its engines. Like the cars it shares its platform with
(the SEAT Ibiza, Skoda Fabia & VW Polo, in case you didn't know) it's
perfect for the hustle and bustle of the city.
However, unlike its VW Group stablemates, it doesn't have a properly 'hot'
variant. Yes, the 1.4TSI has the same engine as the SEAT Ibiza Cupra, VW
Polo GTI and Skoda Fabia vRS, but it's just another car in the line up.
There's no S1 lurking in the wings.
This is where the A1 Quattro comes in to play. Its tiny engine bay has been
stuffed with the 2.0-litre turbo motor
from the last generation Audi S3. Its 252bhp makes it, unsurprisingly,
rather sprightly. It'll see off the 0-62mph dash in 5.7seconds and hit
152mph. But that's not all there is to the A1, oh no.
It's the only A1 with Audi's Quattro four wheel drive system, which means
it's incredibly grippy... to a point. Its short wheelbase and immense power
make it a touch twitchy and its limit, once met, can become a distant,
There's plenty of trick and rally-inspired engineering in there too. Carbon
fibre this, rally-bred that litter its tiny cabin and make people
interested in engineering go all weak at the wrists.
For me, the A1 Quattro's strength lies in its look -- big air dams, massive
spoiler, 'Quattro' badges dotted around the place, white wheels, giant Exhausts and red details in the right
places. It just looks... right. Like a little homolgated rally car for real
people. Sort of.
I say sort of because only 333 will ever be made. They're all left hand
drive and they've all been sold. Oh, and if you could get your mitts on one
it'd set you back over £40,000.
What Audi has created is a little chunk of fun; a little piece of
loveliness that only ever happens once in a blue moon. For that we should
be eternally grateful, not least because it proves that someone at Audi has
a sense of humour.
Audi A1 Quattro
Engine: 2.0-litre four cyl turbo petrol
Torque: 258lb ft
Top speed: 152mph
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BMW M550d X Drive Road Test - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
BMW M550d X Drive road test.
It has more torque than the space shuttle and BMW claims it will do over
40mpg. BMW also says it won't be selling the car in the UK or the US, the
places that DRIVE is most commonly viewed. But when something has 3 turbos, you've got to go drive it at 155mph: no?