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    Audi A1 quattro - Audi's does an Abarth?

    Looks like the ultimate in-city performance scooter...   but are they starting to over-use the Quattro racing heritage linkage? 

    http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/260563/

     


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    2011 Range Rover Sport S/C,  2009 Porsche 911S


    Re: Audi A1 quattro - Audi's does an Abarth?

    I like it kiss

    Pity it's only offered with a manual gearbox.


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    "Form follows function"


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    I like it too Smiley

    The A1 is a great car (for those who look for a car with that kind of compact-versatile qualities). It would be even better if it was not FWD with all the disadvantages attached to it. Thus, a Quattro would be just perfect SmileySmileySmiley


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    Interesting product but without S-tronic, they aren't going to sell too many I'm afraid.

    I know so many customers who would have bought the new BMW 1M Coupe without even loosing a thought about it if it would have been available with DKG or Steptronic too.


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 997 Carrera GTS Cabriolet PDK, BMW X5M, BMW M3 Cab DKG, Mini Cooper S Countryman All4


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    RC:

    Interesting product but without S-tronic, they aren't going to sell too many I'm afraid.

    I know so many customers who would have bought the new BMW 1M Coupe without even loosing a thought about it if it would have been available with DKG or Steptronic too.

    Interesting that so many now expect DSG style boxes.... for me this kind of small city car is only fun if you can exploit the more limited power with a manual - I have not been impressed with many DSG shifters in small cars as they seem to lack the engine qualities to make these gearboxes shine.   Then again, I live in a small city where there is not extensive stop and go traffic; if I had worse traffic conditions daily, my view on "needing" DSG could change.  


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    2011 Range Rover Sport S/C,  2009 Porsche 911S


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    The thing is: Many use such small power houses as some sort of second or third car and it is great if the spouse can drive it too. My wife drives only automatic, so a manual gearbox would be out of the question. This would be a great fun car for the city but with manual...not an option for me.


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 997 Carrera GTS Cabriolet PDK, BMW X5M, BMW M3 Cab DKG, Mini Cooper S Countryman All4


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    I love it when performance cars are offered with manual only - I think it suits them...


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    73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs).  Former: 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2, 98 Ferrari 550 Maranello


    Re: Audi A1 quattro - Audi's does an Abarth?

    Grant:

    I love it when performance cars are offered with manual only - I think it suits them...

    +1.  One of the reasons I was really impressed with the launch of the 1M.


    Re: Audi A1 quattro - Audi's does an Abarth?

    Grant:

    I love it when performance cars are offered with manual only - I think it suits them...

    Tell that to Formula One drivers and probably every other pro racing class drivers too... Smiley


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 997 Carrera GTS Cabriolet PDK, BMW X5M, BMW M3 Cab DKG, Mini Cooper S Countryman All4


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    Professional drivers are professionals, so on a track they want every bleeding edge advantage they can get. But on the street, many of them, like Schumi, enjoy owning and driving stuff like Cobras and early Porsches with manuals, even slow Harleys. Why? They are something called.....fun.

    With cars you can push technology so far that the assist overwhelms the human skill and fun factor.


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    RC:

    Interesting product but without S-tronic, they aren't going to sell too many I'm afraid.

    I know so many customers who would have bought the new BMW 1M Coupe without even loosing a thought about it if it would have been available with DKG or Steptronic too.

    Also, the rims do look a bit weird - and only available in white...


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    MKSGR:
    Also, the rims do look a bit weird - and only available in white...

    I think Audi are doing a riff on their past Quattro history ... like this:

    audisportquat.jpg


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    2011 Range Rover Sport S/C,  2009 Porsche 911S


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    Quattro Sport is a cool car!


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    73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs).  Former: 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2, 98 Ferrari 550 Maranello


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    JimFlat6:

    Professional drivers are professionals, so on a track they want every bleeding edge advantage they can get. But on the street, many of them, like Schumi, enjoy owning and driving stuff like Cobras and early Porsches with manuals, even slow Harleys. Why? They are something called.....fun.

    With cars you can push technology so far that the assist overwhelms the human skill and fun factor.

    If I could afford it, I would probably have a couple of cars in my garage, including some with manual transmission. Since I have to find the best compromise between daily driver, performance and driving fun, manual is out of the question. Smiley


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 997 Carrera GTS Cabriolet PDK, BMW X5M, BMW M3 Cab DKG, Mini Cooper S Countryman All4


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    4trac:

    Looks like the ultimate in-city performance scooter...   but are they starting to over-use the Quattro racing heritage linkage? 

    http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/260563/

     

    They probably see how successful it is working out for BMW. For not much more input costs, BMW can slap an M badge on a car and charge a $15-25K premium over the model its derived from.


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    And while that's a nice little jaunter, the Quattro Coupe is the car I'm waiting for.


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    Called my dealer and they could organize a "slot" for me but when he said its 75k Sfr. I was laughing....limited or not i am not going to spend that much money........sad


     
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