It seems of late that every hot model in the VAG range is being given a run through the workshop, having a few choice parts added to it, then a sprinkling of 'R' badges.
All the VAG hot hatches now appear to be using the S3's engine unashamedly, and the new Haldexed Golf R has even decided to trump the S3 in the price tag stakes and rock up at Ł37,500 fully loaded.
So where does this leave the S3 in the scheme of things? Much better value than the pricey Golf R, but I've been quietly holding out to see if a swan-song 8P S3 special edition comes in to ride out the 8P range into 2010. So far despite hunting on most of the major car sites I've found nothing.
I remember in 8L days when the Leon Cupra R got 210bhp, the S3 got hiked to 225bhp (not sure if there were any other spec changes to the S3 8L). With the new crop of VAG 'R' cars, the Focus RS, the new Megane R250, the revitalised Mazda 3 MPS, and BMW's 130i, call me naive, but I'd have expected something a little fruitier than a black edition to come out of the traps from Ingolstad's S division. Whilst I'm not looking for vulgarity or excess, surely it could do with a run out special edition?
Any thoughts, or do you think this will be it until it's facelifted?