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ABT AUDI A1
The Audi A1 has always been a bit of an anomaly in the small car world, a fairly expensive choice but far more upmarket than any other city cars, which is even more evident with this latest generation model. Only available in a 5dr configuration, it still manages to look wide, sporty and aggressive with triple intakes above the grille harking back to the legendary Sport Quattro rally car.
There’s no S1 coming (for a while at least) which means the top model so far has 200hp – well it does unless you’re ABT and you want to create your own S1! ABT take the 40TFSi S-Line Comp and tune the engine to add another 40hp, meaning it now has a very healthy 240hp and 360Nm of torque. The A1 kit also adds some visual spice too though, with 18-inch GR alloy wheels and lowered, retuned suspension. The upshot is a seriously cool looking, very quick little hot hatch at a very good price. Now we just want a go!
AUDI RS4 AVANT
It was a sad day when the old RS4 Avant went out of production – it was such a great all-round car and a massively popular car on BOTB. But after a little break, Audi finally revealed the new RS4 Avant at the Frankfurt Motor Show and what a car it is. Visually it knocks it out of the park – the usual flared RS wheel arches are there again, but this time with some delicious surfacing that really makes them a design feature and stand out.
The front end has big intakes and a low splitter, which with the wider wings makes it look incredibly aggressive, while the back has a diffuser and of course the trademark RS oval exhaust pipes. For 2020 there's a facelift to bring it in line with the rest of the A4 range too, which adds sleeker headlights and a nose that looks a lot like the bigger RS6 - certainly not a bad thing! The noise coming out of those pipes will be a little different this time though as the thundering V8 has been replaced much as it was in the RS5 by a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6. That lump produces the same 444bhp as the V8 but now has 600Nm of torque – a big increase.
This means performance is crazy – 0-62mph officially takes 4.1 seconds but knowing Audi that will be below 4 seconds in real life. There’s an 8-speed paddle shift gearbox now that transmits power to all four wheels as expected, which means you can enjoy that power in all weather conditions. Add in the massive estate boot and incredible interior and you have the most complete car on sale today.