I've stumbled across this site and found a lot useful information, however I was hoping to get some expert advice on what choice to make...
I currently own '02 BMW 330i E46 (Steptronic) and since it's getting old I was planning to trade it in for a brand new Audi A3 Sedan 1.8 TFSI quattro. In terms of performance, Audi is 51bhp down, but it does weigh less than the BMW. On-paper the Audi accelerates faster by about 0.5sec (0-100km/h) than the BMW, however how does this translate into real-world figures? Would the Audi be noticeably slower during in-gear/rolling acceleration? Also will it feel slower than the 330i accelerating at high speed (100-200km/h runs)?
Performance is important to me, at least I'd like to be as fast or hopefully faster than the BMW, so I was hoping if someone would comment and let me know if I'm making the right move or will I get disappointed..
Anyone has any inputs?
Also, how easy are A3 8V 1.8TFSI's to tune? What kind of gains could to be expected when chipped?
**I apologise for any stupid questions/comments, I've owned BMW's for the last 10 years so I don't know much about Audi's.