Gallery: TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Audi’s A1 Sportback Hybrid

 

Audi recently revealed their slick A1 Sportback Hybrid at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Based on the A1 project Quattro concept released last year in Tokyo, the 5-door plug-in hybrid can run for 60 miles on a single charge, after which it gets an exceptional 72.4 mpg. Audi keeps cranking out concept vehicles that show future directions for the company, and their latest hybrid looks like another excellent entry.

Measuring in a tad shorter than the A3, Audi’s new A1 Sportback Hybrid‘s small size and luxury styling pits it squarely against BMW’s Mini Cooper. The Sportback is powered by 1.4 TFSI petrol engine in addition to a 27hp electric motor that adds 150 Nm of torque, giving the vehicle a zippy 0-60 speed of 7.9 seconds. The vehicle is also able to calculate its fuel efficiency ahead of time, by determining changes in altitude and calculating how much extra power will be required as you drive.

+ Paris Motor Show

Via BusinessWeek

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  1. Audi announces a new pl... October 29, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    [...] Audi announces a new plug-in hybrid, the A1 Sportback, which is said to run 60 miles on a single charge, after which it gets 72 mpg. As seems to be the [...]

  2. Today’s Environme... October 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    [...] Audi announces a new plug-in hybrid, the A1 Sportback, which is said to run 60 miles on a single charge, after which it gets 72 mpg.  As seems to be the [...]

  3. Kenneth October 28, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Sweet. Especially if 72 mpg is in any way factual. That better mileage than my 425lb motorbike.

  4. WBrooke October 28, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Outstanding!

    I love that fuel efficient cars are becoming sexy!

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