The prototype sports typical RS-styling traits such as the prominent front bumper air vents, a large rear wing and a rear diffuser with space for two bulbous tail pipes.
The production version may also feature carved wheel arches along with the usual interior goods like bucket sport seats, a different steering wheel and RS-specific trim.
And now for the big question: what’s going on under the sheetmetal? Well, first of all, Audi has been working on a Quattro all-wheel drive system for the A1 that is similar to the one found in A3 and TT models. The Ingolstadt-based company even showed a prototype A1 Quattro earlier this year.
Now this brings us to the engine bay. It is believed that Audi will opt for a four-cylinder turbocharged unit (though there have been rumors about the turbocharged five-pot). It should be substantially more powerful than the most potent standard A1, which features a 185HP 1.4-liter TSI, producing somewhere around 250-ponies.
We’d look for the RS1 making its debut at an international motorshow in 2012 or 2013 the latest.