Top Gear On Ice: Audi A1 quattro
A tiny 249 bhp A1 quattro. Excited? You should be.
Posted: 05 Apr 2012
But pitch it into the first corner, and you see that the quattro isn't all to do with numbers. All it really wants to measure is the width of your grin. Delve a little deeper, and you find a mighty amount of grown-up technology stuffed into the littlest quattro. The suspension is conventional MacPherson strut at the front, with a four-link system at the back, conjoined with Audi's quattro system.
It seems weird to be saying this, but the drivetrain is essentially similar to the Lamborghini's, but reversed, so more obviously like the RS3. So the A1 is front-wheel-drive until it detects slippage, at which point a multi-plate clutch, bolted to the rear axle to help weight distribution in such an abbreviated little car, whips shut and throws power to the rear axle.