Yes another one! A friend of mine bought a STI last night and I was so jealous as I was half thinking of selling the S3 and getting the impreza sti.
So a side by side from 30mph on the closed road was organised! To my absolute surprise, by time we hit about 120, he only had 1 car lengths advantage. He was a lot more surprised than me. His car only has a magnex exhaust and dump valve as extra, but basically 280bhp as standard.
Me with a remap, b5 tip, forge dv and jetex.
After that we decided to do a local twisty mountain loop, and this is where the S3 showed up big style. The roads were damp/wet and the ESP was switched off. The grip was really good coming out of the 2nd and 3rd gear corners and I was really able to open up Hugh gaps. Later he was saying that the rear of the sti was all over the road coming out of the corners and said that S3 looked very impressive in the tight twisty s, with all 4 wheels slightly drifting around.
Bottom line, I now have a new found respect for the old girl that was slowly diminishing. So iv decided to keep her for another while and invest a bit more money. For a 11 year old fat hatch she's got my attention again.