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The new Audi Sportback is a concept study that combines cutting-edge styling with optimum economy of space, supreme quality and a series of visionary technical solutions that help reduce CO2 emissions to just 92 g/km.

The 3.99-metre long and 1.75-metre wide study furthers the many advances made by the three-door A1 project quattro show car which debuted in Tokyo in 2007.

A new version of the innovative hybrid technology employed in the A1 project quattro provides power for the new Audi A1 Sportback concept.

Under the new Audi A1 Sportback bonnet is a transversely mounted 1.4-litre TFSI engine developing 150PS and 240Nm, and directing this to the front wheels by means of the S tronic dual-clutch transmission.

A 20 kW (27 hp) electric motor integrated in the drive train is able to deliver up to an additional 150 Nm of torque (110.63 lb-ft) when the vehicle is accelerating.

During the boosting phase, i.e. when the TFSI engine and electric motor operate simultaneously, the two power packs deliver impressive propulsion.

The tried-and-tested front-wheel drive configuration supplemented by the newly developed, ESP-controlled active front differential lock ensures optimum power transfer to the road.

The electric motor is also capable of powering the vehicle unaided for zero-emission driving in residential areas, for instance.

The capacity of the lithium-ion batteries in the new Audi A1 Sportback gives the vehicle a range of up to 62.14 miles in pure electric mode; the motor can be recharged from any power socket.

The automatic start/stop facility, energy regeneration and phases of purely electrical operation reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of the new Audi A1 Sportback concept by almost 30% compared to when it is running on the combustion engine alone.

Despite its strong performance, with acceleration of 0 to 62mph in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 124mph, the new Audi A1 Sportback concept is nevertheless capable of returning up to 72.4mpg; CO2 emissions are an efficient 92 g/km.

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