Audi will release the new S1 in Australia later this year.
Audi will release the new S1 in Australia later this year.

Audi S1 pint-size rocket set for return

PREPARE yourself for a resurrection.

The Audi S1 in hatch and sportback guise will return to Australia in the third quarter this year.

Back in the 1980s, the Audi S1 garnered a legendary reputation - it was the car that would see the brand dominate the World Rally Championship in its day. Now the abbreviation is coming back - but this time as a road-going version.

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Inside the new Audi S1.

It will be able to accelerate from 0-100kmh in less than six seconds. The top speed is 250kmh. On average, the 2.0-litre engine drinks about 7.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.

When they arrive, the S1 pairing will be the flagship models in the compact A1 model line, adding an entry-level version to the Audi S model portfolio.

The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback are instantly recognisable. Their Xenon headlights are all-new while the LED rear lights come with horizontally structured graphics. A host of details - particularly on the front and rear bumper, the side sills and the exhaust system - boast more striking styling.

An optional Quattro exterior styling package hones the look further, courtesy of features such as a large roof spoiler.

The interior of the two compact sport models is finished in dark tones, with black dominating it's design, including on the air vent sleeves. The instruments feature S-specific dark-grey scales; the pedal caps are made out of brushed stainless steel.

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The Audi S1.