I wonder which way I may have gone if I'd been looking to order my S3 today? I took a look at a Golf R at the weekend - nice, very nice. But climb inside and it's definately not as nice as the S3's interior and the price - good grief! I sat down with the sales guy and my spec (same as my S3...) came to Ł36k! I just don't get why anyone would want the Golf R over an S3? They're more or less the same car - aside from looks (I think the S3 looks better - but then I would...) the Audi has the better interior, high spec and it is cheaper! Oh and badge wise - what would you rather have - VW or Audi? After my experience of VW dealers - I know where I'd put my money.
I'm yet to drive the GolfR, but I bet you it's identical to the S3 performance wise and handles/stops/etc the same as well. So, it's all down to looks and how big your bank balance is? Incidently, I drove a Sciroco R and I do get that car (looks grrreat in white!)- although I must say, again, low rent interior, VW badge (meaning VW dealers) and it 'felt' slower than my S3, plus it really needed 4WD.
So, would you?!