First off, seems like a good forum here, plenty of people with knowledge and willing to help :)
Anyway, questions! I am considering buying an A3, probably around 2000 / 2001 low mileage bracket (ie less than 40k). And, as you have probably heard before, I want to make it quick! So...
1 - Internals - are the S3 / A3 internals different? If not, what is different? Basics, like pistons etc? or does it go right through to springs, etc. Does the A3 / S3 have oil squirters? If not, with big power are they needed?
2 - Turbo - Can I swap the standard turbo to either a K03s or K04 variant without any major mods? Are the bolt patterns the same? Gaskets, throttle cables etc. From the looks of it the A4 turbo swap is the same, I guess the A3 is as well!
3 - Transmission - What kind of power / torque can it cope with?
4 - Intercooler - Can the standard one cope with uprated turbo?
The idea is that I will get the A3, run it whilst I get suspension, exhaust and brakes completed, then swap turbo, custom remap and I'll be done. I'm not looking for mega power, it a front wheel drive car, so I think 250 - 260 bhp is enough - if I even need that! A Stage 1 AMD mapped S3 runs about 260 (their figures!), so provided it's only the turbo setup that differs it's not unachievable!
Thanks in advance, and please give me the answers I want so that I can get rid of the GTi!