In time for Christmas, Audi presents a limited edition, high performance version of its smallest car in the family – the A1 Quattro. The car has been fully upgraded in this new version, both equipped with a powerful engine, as well as exterior and interior design upgrades.

“As its name would imply, the A1 Quattro comes equipped with the automaker’s legendary all-wheel-drive system, with power provided by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder used in the S3. The reworked mill puts out 252 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm – a boost of more than 70 hp and 74 lb-ft over the standard 1.4-liter A1.

A six-speed manual shuttles that power to a Haldex AWD setup and on to center-locking 17-inch wheels that ape the original 80s-era Quattro’s style. There’s no word on weight, but Audi claims the hi-po A1 will match the S3’s 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds and top out at 152 mph.”

Only 333 units of the car will be produced and will go on sale later next year.

(Via autoblog)