MTM Audi A1 breaks 200 MPH at Nardo Ring
Originally posted to quattroholic.com at 3:20 PM EST. Saturday, July 23, 2011
For Auto Motor und Sport's annual high speed test at the Nardo Ring last month, MTM fielded perhaps the least likely candidate to join the 200+ mph club. Surrounded by the likes of a 900-hp 9ff Porsche 911 GT3 and 1028-hp MKB Mercedes SLR McLaren, MTM's tiny A1 "Nardo Edition" managed to chug its way around the Italian test track to an amazing top speed of 324 km/h (201.32 mph).
To create the "Nardo Edition," MTM shoehorned a 500-hp variant of the TT RS's 2.5 TFSI five cylinder under the A1's hood, added 19" Bimoto wheels, eight-piston brakes, an upgraded adjustable suspension and plenty more to help crack the 200 mph barrier. Surprisingly though, the A1 retained it's front-wheel drive layout, using a Drexler limited-slip differential over a heavier quattro system.
While certainly not the fastest, you can't help but be impressed by how the MTM A1 Nardo Edition stacked up against the competition. Check out the results below:
1. 9ff Porsche 911 GT3: 391.2 km/h
2. MKB Mercedes SLR McLaren: 349.99 km/h
3. G-Power BMW M3: 333.3 km/h
4. MTM Audi A1: 324 km/h
5. Mathilda VW Scirocco R: 293.7 km/h
6. Speedart Porsche Cayenne Turbo: 284 km/h
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Source: Auto Motor und Sport