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By Ketan Patel


Audi A1 Amplified 2012 Review

In case you're an Audi A1 enthusiast but you're planning on waiting for the RS version to hit the market, you might be happy to learn that now you have somewhat of an alternative to the highly anticipated RS1. On short, quite recently the German carmaker announced three new trim levels that will be available for the A1, which will undeniably make the hatchback more attractive, but not more powerful. Dubbed the Audi A1 Amplified 2012, the new trim levels will only bring aesthetic changes to your Audi, so it's not actually the real deal, but it's as close as it can get to the fabled RS1.

The three trim levels are called Amplified, Amplified Plus and Amplified Advanced. The entry-level "Amplified" introduces a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels with black inserts, glossy black roof rails, exterior mirror housings and single-frame grille and S line roof spoiler, and a transparent film for the engine hood, rear hatch and roof. On the interior theAmplified trim level brings air vents painted to match the body color and black-trimmed sport seats with contrast stitching.

Next in line is the Amplified Plus trim level, bringing additional features over the entry-level trim such as LED interior light package and a color coordinated ignition key, stainless steel foot rest and pedals, black headliner and a center console painted to match the color of the car. Exterior modifications include a body kit featuring glossy black diffuser with one or two matt black tailpipes (depending on the engine) and LED taillights.

Last but certainly not least, the Amplified Advanced trim level will be only made available only for the Audi A1's boasting more than 120 horsepower. The more costly upgrade brings all the features of the other two trim levels and adds an S Line sport package interior featuring S sport seats covered in silk Napa leather with contrasting red or dark silver stitching, and seat shells painted to match the exterior of the car. Further modifications include a new set of 18 inch wheels, a tinted rear window and Xenon plus headlights.

In case one of the Amplified packages caught your attention then be prepared to pay €1,990 for the entry-level trim, €3,990 for the mid-ranged Amplified Plus or in case you want the whole package, the Amplified Advanced trim level will set you back €6,990.

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Audi A1 amplified – exclusive edition models for the compact Audi

  • New sporty edition models can be ordered for the A1 and A1 Sportback
  • Exterior and interior color schemes in Misano Red and Glacier White
  • Three different equipment levels available for each edition

Audi has released two new exclusive editions for the A1 and the A1 Sportback. Their names are the A1 amplified red and the A1 amplified white, and they are being launched on the market now.

The new edition models are based on the Ambition line, which is available for all engine versions of both models. The models combine exclusive optional features from Audi, quattro GmbH and Audi Genuine Accessories. In the amplified red line, the body is painted in Misano Red pearl effect, while the amplified white is painted in Glacier White metallic. Both lines are available in three different equipment levels that build on each other.

The first level is known as amplified. On this model, high-gloss black is applied to the roof line, S line roof spoiler, exterior mirror housings and single-frame grille. The exterior is further accentuated by 17-inch alloy wheels in five-arm design with black inserts and a matt, transparent film for the engine hood, roof and rear hatch. Eye-catching features inside the car include air vent sleeves in the body color, black sport seats with stitching in Parade Red (amplified red) or Rock Gray (amplified white) and floor mats with piping in matching colors.

The second level of the two edition models is called amplified plus. Its interior is upgraded by a black headliner, an LED interior light package and a color coordinated ignition key. The interior is further customized by the center console and interior mirror housing, which are both painted in the body color. Stainless steel caps for the pedals and foot rest underscore the car’s sporty character. The exterior has sporty add-on parts from the aerodynamics competition kit, painted the same color as the body, and LED taillights. A special feature is the high-gloss black diffuser insert that integrates two matt black tailpipes on the left side (one tailpipe for engines up to 77 kW).

The third level, amplified advanced, is reserved for A1 models with over 90 kW of engine power. This represents the pinnacle of the sporty edition models. In addition to the equipment features offered for the amplified and amplified plus levels, this version offers the interior features of the S line sport package. In this package, Audi installs S sport seats with black upholstery in Silk Nappa leather and contrasting stitching in Parade Red or Dark Silver. The seat back shells painted in high-gloss Misano Red or Glacier White are the absolute highlight. A matching finish on the floor mats rounds out the color concept. Dark tinted glass at the rear offers privacy. The add-on parts from the aerodynamics competition kit and the large roof wing are both painted in high-gloss black. Xenon plus headlights and matt black 18-inch wheels in five-arm “Rotor” design emphasize the dynamic character of the A1 amplified advanced special edition model.

The A1 amplified red edition models are available now, and the amplified white versions will follow shortly. Prices start at €1,990, while the two higher levels are priced at €3,990 and €6,990.

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