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By Ketan Patel

Audi A1 Sportback Amplified 2012 Review

If you're on the lookout for a hot-hatch but the 2012 Volkswagen Golf or the 2012 Ford Focus are not your cup of tea, then you'll be pleased to learn that the Audi A1 Sportback has just become a lot more interesting and it might just be what you're looking for. The German carmaker has recently revealed three new trim levels for the A1 Sportback, and despite the fact that there are no improvements in terms of performances, the relatively cheap Amplified package offers that extra pizazz which might seal the deal. The Amplified package contains three trim levels including the base-level, Amplified Plus and Amplified Advanced. Let's check out what Audi A1 Sportback Amplified has to offer.

We're going to start off with what you can get for the least amount of money spent, so base trim level offers glossy black paint on the roof rails, the exterior mirror housings, S line roof spoiler and on the single-frame grille. Furthermore, the base model adds a transparent film on the engine hood, roof and rear hatch. The Amplified package also includes a new set of 17-inch allow wheels with black inserts. Unlike the two-door A1 which receives a Glacier White paintjob alongside the Amplified package, the Sportback comes in Misano Red. On the interior you'll get Misano Red air vents and black-trimmed sport seats.

In case you're not impressed by the entry-level trim package, the Amplified Plus brings a few extra features including stainless steel pedals, stainless steel foot rest, LED interior light package, black headliner and a center console painted in Misano Red. On the outside you'll get a glossy black diffuser with matt tailpipes, as well as a set of LED taillights.

If you want to go all-in, then the Amplified Advanced trim level is the answer. It's only available for models with more than 120 horsepower and besides the above mentioned features it adds an S Line sport package interior featuring silk Napa leather and seat back-shells painted in to match the body color, a new set of 18 inch wheels, tinted rear window and a set of Xenon plus headlights.

As far as pricing goes, the base Amplified package will cost €1,990, the Plus will set you back €3,990, and the beefiest Amplified Advance trim level is somewhat more costly, with a €6,990 price tag.

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  • 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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