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  1. slade777

    slade777 Member

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    For the few that visit the A1 section quick note. If you haven't yet experienced the 185 A1 do!!!! I've got one as a courtesy car today whilst my A3 2.0tdi is in. Im so impressed the feel grip and pure pulling power from a 1.4.

    Recently went out in the Abarth Essesse which is a kitten compared to this car. I think the STronic gearbox is the best invention ever and wish they put it on the 2.0tdi A1.

    I hasten to add so far after approx 2 hours of town driving and a blip up the bypass following a BMW 135i I'm getting 22 mpg. Not great but I've only got it for one day. (I have not exceeded any of her majesty's speed limits) :)

    5/5 for the A1 185ps. Shame I'll have to have the diesel version.
     
  2. slade777

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    Ps when the S1 or RS1 do finally make an appearance it must be Quattro as the ESP light is constantly flashing doing it's job.
     
  3. jdas03

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    I test drove one over the weekend as i'm considering one for a replacement on my 8L S3.
    I must say it was a beautifully built car! Loads of kit, a very nice place to be!
    However I wasnt that impressed by the speed, maybe its me being spoilt by a remapped S3 but I was hoping it would throw you back in your seat more than it did!
    That said it did handle fantastically and I took it round the lanes at some speed on the demo perhaps scaring the test guy a little bit!

    I am planning to test the abarth essence (however you spell it) as i thought that maybe more fun, but sounds like you much preferred the A1?
     
  4. slade777

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    Wasn't impressed by the Abarth atall. It's very poorly built. My mate has a Punto Evo sporting which actually has nicer cabin.

    A1 all day long over the Abaryh or Vauxhall Corsa VXR over the Abarth. Friends just bought a Vxr for 16,700 new which is a good price from Perrys Group!!
     

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