In terms of handling - S3 or GTI?
I'm planning to purchase an S3 soon. Originally, I wanted the GTI, and I have driven one (friends) extensively. However, the GTI is no longer exclusive around here (and I like being special!), and more importantly, I want a little more power and to have something that's not FWD for a change.
Honestly, I guess that were the R32 available around this part of the world I'd get it, but it's not. And besides, I really like the exterior and interior of the S3.
The only thing that worries me are the reports of the dull chassis and little feedback. I consider myself as a pretty skilled, aggressive driver (had Rallye driving training, do autocrosses on occasions and so on). I felt I could certainly get near the limits of the GTI on a twisting mountain road, and hell, that was so much fun.
The GTI, for me, is a near perfect car. It's so balanced and has a great sense of quality to it. Everything aspect of it was beautifully engineered. It's responsive, can be thrown around, DSG is great on such driving and so on.
Now, I have no doubts that the S3 is faster, and likely to destroy almost everything on autocrosses (trouble is the AWD puts me in the same category as Evos, er :think:).
But does it have the same tactillity of the GTI when pushed to the limits? Is it really fun?
Also, can you use the Quattro to slide around in the same way you could do with a STI or EVO?
So forget the money and the horsepower differences for a moment and just tell me if the car is real fun compared to other sportscar, and mainly, the GTI.