Ewan from Dundee,
I used to be on here a bit a few years back when I had my Imola Yellow 8l S3 which I Sold as I needed house funds, I've had a couple of RWD Mazda sports cars, an A4 2.8 V6 Quattro since but always wanted another 8l, I wasn't happy with the examples of S3s within my budget so have opted for an 2000 8l A3 Quattro 1.8T, 61k miles and in far above average condition all round, I picked this up 2 weeks ago.
The car came with a Rica engineering remap (any further info?) and S3 Cat back which the owner claimed to be 215hp, as its a pre facelift AJQ 180hp engine I think it only has a K03 so not sure what power it really has but either way its only a number, The car pulls well and from memory doesn't feel like it would be far behind my stock 210 S3, I think it seems to boost lower down and with a bigger kick but runs out that bit sooner in the revs.
As the car still has a standard appearance I've decided to go for a stealth stage2 tune keeping with the K03 & drivers side throttle layout, this will allow me to fit parts as I go (its a daily) while keeping all the final options open (stock K03s, Hybrid or K04-001)
Anyway further mods have started this weekend with the fitment of a Toyosports 3" downpipe & decat which coupled to the existing standard S3 exhaust is a great vaule budget exhaust option IMO.
I'll be getting the unspeakable out the way first before doing any more but will be following the forum in the mean time for more ideas etc.