With Caterham Sevens and Lotus Elises still toasty and toasty in their garages, we need something more predictable and waterproof for our B-road antics in the months to come.

Welcome to summer 2021. Not really sweet, is it? With Caterham Sevens and Lotus Elises always toasty and toasty in their garages, we need something more predictable and waterproof for our B-road antics in the months to come.

And the S1? Packing the Volkswagen Group’s 2.0-liter turbo EA888 engine, this hot A1 arrived in 2014 as Audi’s answer to the Ford Fiesta ST and the Volkswagen Polo GTI.

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With a bespoke quattro four-wheel drive system, the S1 can effectively reduce 228 hp in any weather. And with 272 lb-ft of torque, it can hit 62 mph in under 6.0 seconds.

There is no sporty variant of the current second-generation A1 and it is very rare that cars of this size are equipped with such a comprehensive four-wheel drive system. This fact, coupled with its high initial introductory price, means that the S1 is only more attractive today.

We have an eye on this S1 Sportback quattro five-door in Competition trim and decked out in striking Misano red. While the car’s infotainment system is now showing signs of its age, interior quality is high and the original owner’s generosity with the list of options means there is cruise control, speed sensors. parking and high beam assistance. Plus, you get the standard LED headlights, Bluetooth, and air conditioning for gaming.

This 2017-reg example has 46,000 miles on the odometer, which is certainly nothing to worry about, especially since it comes with a full service history and recently passed an MOT test.

If you want levels of urban supermini handling combined with the flamboyance of open space of a full-size warm hatchback, not to mention a premium interior and badge, then the S1 is truly an all-round option. convincingly.

Mini Cooper S 3 doors £ 11,490: This Mini looks out of the room and comes with a host of extras. It has driven less than 65,000 miles and is fitted with the Chili Pack, which brought automatic LED headlights, nicer seat fabric, mood lighting and 17-inch black Cosmos alloys. What not to like?

Seat Leon Cupra R £ 7,300: This sizzling seat was clearly well liked. The cool and competent Leon Cupra R came with 261bhp, but this breathed example pushes that to close to 310bhp. It should therefore work well and its Milltek exhaust will offer a suitably fruity soundtrack.

Volkswagen Up GTI 3-door £ 8,495: The smaller GTI model is a great proposition for a dose of affordable speed. It’s a sellers’ market, but £ 8,495 for a 2018 car is half of what you need for a new one. Its 0-62mph time of 8.8 seconds looks quick, and its economy will also be decent.

Talbot Sunbeam Lotus £ 27,995: IIf you fancy something a little more analog, this 1982 rally refugee will keep all of your limbs busy on a technical back road. It has had a complete engine rebuild and a few minor chassis modifications, but it looks pleasantly decent and ready for gravel.

Auction watch

BMW M3 Evolution 2: Widely hailed as one of the most desirable and capable performance cars of its time, the original BMW M3 (E30) is quickly becoming a proposition reserved for collectors, so it’s time to take a bite. The M3 Evolution 2 received a power increase to 217 hp, a new spoiler and larger (16 inch) bespoke wheels. It’s no wonder this particular model is so coveted when you learn that only 500 have been made. This 1988 example is not in perfect condition (it had a new gearbox and needs minor corrosion underneath) but sold for £ 55,000 with just over 100,000 miles on the clock . Less than 1000 of those kilometers have been driven in the past 15 years.

Future classic

Honda S2000 £ 7,350: It’s good to see a car like the Honda S2000 roadster receiving the love it deserves from its previous owner. That appreciation shows with 105,000 miles timed on this model, and there is no doubt that the S2000 would be an ideal top-down cruiser for the hot days ahead. It’s 20 years old, of course, so key things to check include the clutch and a gearbox overhaul may be needed, but several examples we found for sale have been serviced on a regular basis. The S2000’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder VTEC engine was built to last in traditional Honda styling, so drivers should still be able to enjoy some 240bhp to this day.

The shock of classifieds

In short: Can I have a solid modern classic for £ 5,000?

BMW 328i Touring 3,495 €

BMW Z3 2.8 4000 €

Felix Page: Yes, I strayed a bit from the brief. Properly solid 3-gen E36 series are rarer than Monaco Grand Prix overtakes, but you can remove your welding helmet, James, because I think you would get by with a replacement wheel arch (or two). and touch up paint here. Worth it for the Boston Green paint and the creamy 2.8-liter inline-six, surely?

Max Adams: Funny we should both choose 2.8 liters …

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This notice was published: 2021-06-18 05:01:25

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