Laurent.d - Audi A3- Project
As my car has been partly modified in UK with UK parts I though it would be fair to write a review here.
It won't be as detailed as the one I have already done on French Forum, because it will be a pain to do.
It took me ages, offline to write it but, any way, here we go.
So, I bought my A3 2.0 TFSI S-Tronic S-Line brand new in May 2007, at first I wanted to keep it stock.
My car stock
But after only 4000km I found that the car was fantastic but too wise for me.
The suspensions were too soft while the car is pushing hard and the engine miss some agressivity.
So I decided to begin to modify it.
Bilstein B8 Eibach SportLine:
My choice was quiet easy, as I already had pretty good long term experience with another car fitted with Bilstein B8 and Eibach.
It lowered the car by 1,5cm over OEM S-Line chassis 2,5cm over Sport chassis and 4cm over Comfort chassis.
The ride is very taut and firm but still not too uncomfortable.
It can be some time to time a tiny bouncy but overall the ride is superb.
The car is much more stable at high speed.
Steering is sharper.
The car doesn’t move around anymore when driving hard.
But it does still under steer at the limit.
My car lowered
At this time I didn’t know much about ECU remap, 2.0 TFSI and DSG reliability.
The Tuner I knew were, ABT, OETTINGER and MTM.
I chose ABT because they are known to work with VAG and being very conservative. So it was may be the most expensive but it seemed the safest for me.
Stage 1 : 240HP @ 6000 rpm et 330 Nm from 2000 to 4500 rpm
Here clamed ABT torque and power figures:
The car feels sportier
The engine is more responsive
It pulls much stronger all the way through the rev but remains as manageable as stock.
I had it for about 40 000km and had nothing to complain with it, except, that I wanted more power.
I recorded some data with my smart phone + GPS.
0 to 100 km/h : 6.2 sec
400 m DA : 14.2 sec
80 to 120 km/h 5 gear : 6.6 sec
Top speed : 243 km/h.
Compare to other cars :
A3 2.0 TFSI stock (200 HP / 280 Nm)
0 to 100 km/h : 7.2 sec
400 m DA : 15.4 sec
80 to 120 km/h 5 Gear : 7.4 sec
Top speed : 231 km/h
Golf MKV GTI 2.0 TFSI ED 30 (230 HP / 300 Nm)
0 to 100 km/h : 6.7 sec
400 m DA : 15.1 sec
80 to 120 km/h 5 Gear : 7 sec
Top speed : 243 km/h
LEON MKII CUPRA (240 HP / 300 Nm)
0 to 100 km/h : 6.7 sec
400 m DA : 14.7 sec
80 to 120 km/h 5 Gear : 6.6 sec
Top speed : 242 km/h
To be continued...