So Motor magazine arrives today with the usual drivel; another new McLaren, yet another new Aston Martin that looks EXACTLY the same as it did 10-years ago, and Lotus are being funded yet again by the taxpayer and all that usual, predictable sh*t.
But hey, it's a nice day…
Memories drift back to that nice man at 10/10ths (to me anyway) in the S5 at Oulton Park, what did he say; "leave it in manual, let the electronics look after the downshifts, and you just play with the pedal and the (paddle) up shifts".
Yeah, looks like a really nice day. Wales, from my bedroom window (ok, the Wrekin at least) looks sunny and cold.
Lets go, a full tank of Shell V-power and Vredesteins need a-beddin' in, and it's 6ºC (max) out there.
This RS3 is seriously quick when following the advice! I've driven lots of fast cars before, and a few quick ones too, but I do love this animal. Days when I'd go through Llangollen in a Viper (or an Elan, even) you'd get the guys having sex stopping, ok pausing, to look through the window. But in the RS3 it's oh so calm, and de-badged Bluey is just another A3, right?
This machine is quick! Ok, fast too BUT there is a difference between quick and fast and I prefer QUICK!
The Vredestein's are good, loads of bite and low noise; why not use these year round? I'll not of course, back to my faithful Continental's in April.
And Bluey and me love the roads; the long sweeping stuff with sharp ups and downs and aggressive corners.
And the new McLaren - according to the magazine - will be, wow! Four-tenths faster to 60mph than an Audi RS3 (yawn) on a nice day with BOTH drivers concentrating really hard!!!!!! It'll not do the same on a cold wet day of course, neither will it carry 4-adults and luggage, or a spare set of 4-wheels and tyres as Bluey did recently, and not much shopping either; and for f**k sake don't take it out if there's a risk of snow in the next week, or two!
And there's ANOTHER new Aston Martin too. Really? Well hello!
And how many "£'s" has Aston Martin (owned by whoever with a bottomless pit because it's AN Aston Martin these days) lost this year and is that one, two, or three '0' £'s?
And Jaguar is going to build another E-type? Give me strength!!!
For those younger than me (most) the Jaguar E-type was a bag of sh#t in the 70's! A great engine, period. Brakes? Don't ask. Handling? Hmmm. Looks? WOW!!!
However, it wasn't so good in the 70's unless on a straight running motorway; no-way could it hang onto the back of a Lotus Europa Twin cam or Elan down the twisty stuff, and I do know that from experience! And as for the rust, lets not go there!
The RS3 is in my humble view one of, if not theeee BEST pieces of UK road going machinery you're likely to get your hand on, and don't you forget it!
Take your eye of this machine / your RS3 at your peril! A FABULOUS motor car for year round UK motoring!