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Looks like the range topping Audi A1 that’s set for its debut at Paris isn’t the “S1” as rumoured, but a more humbly named A1 1.4 TFSI. So no hot name, but the ingredients to rival the Mini Cooper S are there – the 1.4 TFSI uses a Twincharged engine with a dual-clutch gearbox to crack 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds on to a 227 km/h top speed, which is a lot of performance for such a small car.

The 1.4-litre engine utilises a supercharger and a turbocharger to produce 185 bhp and 250 Nm of torque here, which is more than what it makes in the VW Golf TSI. The supercharger springs into action at 1,500 rpm and in most situations is disengaged at 2,400 rpm. From 3,500 rpm at the latest, the turbocharger takes over. Because it doesn’t have to do as much work at low revs, the VW Group was able to use a large turbo and design it for high efficiency. With the 7-speed S tronic box, this A1 uses just 5.9 litres of fuel per 100 km (combined).

The McPherson strut front and rear torsion beam suspension is maintained, but the 1.4 TFSI gets separate springs and dampers plus bigger brake discs. Its ESP stabilisation program comes with an electronic limited slip differential that detects an impending loss of traction at the inside wheel in hard cornering, and brakes that wheel for better handling.

View live and official pics of the Audi A1 here.