I had one of those great thumbs up and nods of approval moments from a Mazda 3 MPS (with Corksport - a mazda tuner?- stickers) driver this morning in the slow ebb and flow rush hour traffic. I like those little moment of appreciation between car enthusiasts.
So that got me wondering what reaction does your RS3 get?
Here are a few common reactions to my RS3:
Upsets: anything with a 316-20 and usually d badge who seem intent on inspecting the hatch in slow traffic. Clarkson is so wrong about all the reps moving to Audi, general BMW driving behaviour remains unchanged in my experience especially the lower powered stuff.
Really upsets: a local 'perma-tan' BMW 1M owner who just glares at me whenever we pass - we always seem to be going in opposite directions which is a shame. I find it so funny I've taken to returning his 'death stare' with a cheery wave and a couple of S mode crackles of downshift and brief squirt of throttle. Lucky looks can't actually kill.
Exorcist head spin moment: A Corsa VXR lookie-likee at the petrol pumps. Seriously I thought one young lads head was actually going to spin clean off as he clocked the car and mouthed 'rrRssS three' excitedly to his passengers. Highly amusing, lots of grins, a friendly wave and they were on their way.
Nods of appreciation: on the upside like this morning I've had quite a few nods of appreciation from a variety of Jag R's and other Audi's in particular TT's. I'll excuse the one TT TDi who attempted to demonstrate the power of soot! Awkward.