Been knocking around on the Forum for quite a while now and decided late last year to order a brand new S3 after not much self persuasion as I'd always wanted one. After being told it would be delivered in March 2012, I was fairly disappointed but decided to wait as I knew it would be worth it! It fortunately turned out that I must have gotten somebody's build slot as it was built and delivered on the 21st December...which as you can imagine, was the best Christmas gift I've ever received in 23 years!
Anyway, it got delivered at 7am and I couldn't wait for the delivery driver to shut up telling me about how the S-Tronic gearbox worked, what switch did what and how lovely it was to drive...but after 20 minutes of me pretending to be interested I finally got to sit in it and start her up. I fell in love with it there and then and that feeling still hasn't changed 2500miles down the road!
I must admit that I don't come from a long exotic list of previous cars....only a 1.8 Corsa, 1.4T Punto and 2.5 V6 Jag so this beast is like a world apart.
I ended up clocking up a 1000miles within the first week...and that was without a daily commute. I just cannot stop driving the thing! I even ended up ignoring my girlfriend for that week...which as you may expect...she wasn't too happy about!
Any spare time I have, I just end up driving around annoying the neighbours and passers-by with the exhaust note...
In essence, what I'm saying is....I bloody love this car haha
I ended up rattling up another 500miles and then decided to get it remapped by Shark Performance...and I have to say what a difference! Rob (W8 Performance - can be found on the Forum) sorted me out with a good deal on the STS unit and got Ben at Shark HQ to tailor my map within the same day. I requested an 'aggressive' map and that's exactly what I got...it's a world apart from what it was at stock and as the engine continuously loosens up it just seems to be getting faster and faster! So I'd just like to say thanks to all those at Shark for a job well done.
The thing I'm most enjoying is the noise...I don't know whether it's just a placebo effect or what but the exhaust note seems to have gotten considerably louder and I'm loving the extra whoooosh from the turbo running more boost. I keep trying to find roads with tall buildings just so I can hear the noise bouncing off....it's like I've reverted back into a 17-year old!
I was a bit 50/50 about getting it mapped due to all the hesitation nightmares that have been occuring lately with the MY11 cars...but I can happily say I've had no such problems and have done just short of a 1000miles with the remap. I did swap out the stock plugs (Bosch) for NGK PFR7S8EG's at the same time as doing the map.
I've now become greedy for more power and will be looking to go Stage 2+ at some point this year...
Anyway, I've probably bored you enough so here's a mix of photos...I got a bit camera happy so forgive me.
Sat at the dealers:
Thanks for reading/looking!