Audi A1 Quattro unveiled image

German automaker Audi has released some details about the Quattro version of its A1 compact hatchback, of which a prototype is currently undergoing testing on snow-laden roads around Montreal in Canada.

The car uses the electronically controlled Haldex system similar to that employed in the brand’s A3 and TT models. That means that the new A1 quattro remains in front-wheel drive most of the time, but when is needed, an electronically controlled, multi-plate clutch located in front of the rear axle can instantly transfer power to the back axle too. Audi hasn’t revealed what engine is in the development model, nor has it confirmed a launch date for the A1 quattro. However we believe that the test model is running on the 1.4 TFSI petrol engine.

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The car has been built to affirm the commitment made at the 2010 Paris Auto Show to underpin future high performance variants of the A1 with the all-wheel drive system.

Further information on the Audi A1 Quattro is expected to be released in the next few months.

Sadly, the A1 isn’t expected to come to America within its current model cycle.

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