The latest and smallest S model from Ingolstadt is a sizzling little number. But is it a worthy successor to the first S1? We find out.

Audi’s latest little sizzler had a prolonged gestation period. Why? Well, for one its S1 nomenclature (its name, basically) raised concerns.

You see, back in the 80s the revered Sport Quattro S1 established Audi’s four-wheel drive and rally credentials. So the immediate question was: Would a baby based on the A1 do justice to the legacy of this rally icon?

Apart from the inevitable sunburn on my large forehead (read: massive bald spot), I really enjoy cruising in a stylish drop-top. And even though I’ll never again feel the wind blow through my hair, the pleasure of seeing clear skies and scenery while driving amply compensates for the need to wear a baseball cap whenever I drop the roof.

The other day I chatted to a sports agent about how players and the game of rugby have changed over the past half-century. Take the legendary flank Frik du Preez, who played for the Bokke between 1961 and 1971, as an example. At 1.89m and 106kg Oom Frik was an excellent all-rounder who later even played lock. Compare this with our 2.02m Springbok lock Bakkies Botha, who weighs a scale-crunching 125kg. Even our backline players Jean de Villiers (1.90m and 103kg) and Francois Steyn (1.91m and 110kg) are about as big as Oom Frik used to be.