I can see the Cayman being the 'drivers car' in future, the 911 has been plagued by this insistence to remain rear engined, then in 2009 they release the new Cayman with a LSD, 320Bhp and most importantly a mid engined layout.
The press go mental, the car is hailed as a 911 killer and nobody can find anything in its handling that is not a hugely superior to the 911 series cars.
So lets not get bogged down in semantics, as all manufacturers regardless of status have cars designed for you average person, based around the notion of a sports car, but not actually living up to the true definition thereof.
The point is this, is that a true sports car is designed to be such a thing, and not just to be an aesthetic incarnation of a previous model.
It has to inspire, it has to be the best car they've ever made for driving, it has to evoke emotion every time its used.
People like Lamborghini and Ferrari still do this with every single car.
In the case of Audi, the S3 isnt that car, according to the press (Chris Harris for example) the only production car Audi has ever made which drives like a real sports car is the Audi R8. (And of course the original SWB Quattro but we are hitting rarest of the rare there)
I'll repeat what I know from experience. I am running R888 tyres. I have a lightweight car, with the rear being especially light. Traction is produced at the rear of my car.
I have no issues except in standing water or snow.
I have yet to find a 'need' for 4WD in the British road environment.
Now all of the is ONLY opinion.
It counts for nothing. Same as everyone elses opinion counts for nothing.
However, you cannot deny the Audi S3 (and the point of this thread) is simply an aesthetic incarnation of the A3 series and it has huge flaws, some of which like its under steering characteristics simply cannot be taken out of the equation regardless of modifications.
The S3 is simply an aesthetic improvement on the A3 series cars.
The 45Bhp is neither here nor there, 45bhp doth not make a sports car.
EDIT - Spelling Spakka