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  1. Ecosphere

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    Just had a test drive (SB manual) for the day - have too concur with Jonny most impressive thing about the car was the overtaking punch in 3rd. Either that or the rear view mirror makes other vehicles look very small very quickly!
    Also loved the car's schizophrenia easy going in stop start traffic too.
     
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  2. Johnnyb

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    First proper bit of performance i have given it, very impressed!

    Quick question for any S-tronic users out there - Is the Dynamic mode the same as when you push the lever stick down a notch in D where it puts it in S (Sport mode) ??

    I presumed so, unless Dynamic and Sport are 2 seperate modes?
     
  3. Itguy

    Itguy Well-Known Member

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    i assumed it it didn't as he manually put the high beam on when showing the shots of the LED headlights. I might be wrong?!
     
  4. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos quattro Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi DSG

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    You can still use it manually even with the auto option

    Or at least, I can switch mine between auto and full beam.

    You can also toggle it in the MMI I believe.
     
  5. J0n3

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    Just a quick update on ESP/ESC -case... I got confirmation from audi that all stability control functions turns off by simply pressing the esp button for few seconds. This is also stated in german/swedish/finnish brochure...

    I booked a S3 test drive to confirm that S3 is everything I want. I have (almost) decided all the specs and after the test drive I think I HAVE TO buy one! :D
     
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  6. J0n3

    J0n3 New Member

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    This is the quote:

    Elektronische Stabilisierungskontrolle (ESC)
    abschaltbar, mit hydraulischem Bremsassistenten:Die elektronische Stabilisierungskontrolle sorgt durchgezieltes Abbremsen einzelner Räder und Eingriff insMotormanagement für mehr Stabilität in gefährlichenSituationen und unterstützt bei der Stabilisierung desFahrzeugs durch eine Änderung des Lenkmoments.


    and the "magic" word is "abschaltbar" which translates: "can be switched off".
     
  7. Ecosphere

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    One other highlight of the test drive that even she liked. No iPod cable in car so I connected iPhone 5 by Bluetooth. Whenever you get in car it starts playing track where you left off and phone stops automatically as you walk away from car, nice. Standard audio good so look forward to B&O :)
     
  8. the_lecht_rocks

    the_lecht_rocks Well-Known Member

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    b&o THE reason i bought my new S3
     
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  9. Itguy

    Itguy Well-Known Member

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    hear hear - the b&o is epic. No other way of describing it.
     
  10. royalsteve68

    royalsteve68 Well-Known Member TeamMisano Audi RS3 Audi S3 Team Ara Blue

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    really good review and also shows what some of the options look like that are the same on the sportback eg the rear cupholder/arm rest through load would look like which Ive not seen anywhere
     
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  11. royalsteve68

    royalsteve68 Well-Known Member TeamMisano Audi RS3 Audi S3 Team Ara Blue

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    I spent a year of indecision trying cars but soon realised there was no such car that is quick, cheap to buy, cheap to run, holds value, has decent mpg, has 5 doors, is child friendly, looks nice, is of decent quality, is both big on the inside and small on the outside, is practical and can carry family of four and luggage, is not rear wheel drive

    so I just focused on what was important - initially thought about the golf gti but hated the interior as it felt cheap so it can down to practical (merc b class amg sport version), quick/fun (audi s3 saloon or sportback or merc a45)

    s3 sportback won hands down
     
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  12. royalsteve68

    royalsteve68 Well-Known Member TeamMisano Audi RS3 Audi S3 Team Ara Blue

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    Yeh and don't thank apple for that. I am surprised Apple haven't claimed they invented the air we breathe. I'm still waiting for the day when Apple actually invent something.
     
  13. Silky-S3

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    Ill be VERY surprised if this is true. Audi CS often get things wrong. They have to keep ESP on for NCAP ratings.
     
  14. Itguy

    Itguy Well-Known Member

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    almost exactly the same story as me. I hated the mk7 gti interior too. If you take away the 'cheap to buy' criteria the s3 SB fits just about everything else. I class it as economical, bearing in mind what you are getting.
     
  15. PilotAudi

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    Bit surprised at the above comment on RWD.. Would you really prefer FWD ??? especially with 300bhp... No way... I experienced 230+bhp in a Volvo T5 years ago... NO WAY is FWD better than RWD if you have over about 150bhp.
     
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  17. Silky-S3

    Silky-S3 Is loving his new 8V S3!

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  18. garethld

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    i will try and get a photo one night... i think its a worthy extra... the only thing that annoys me is no light in the arm rest which apart from the glove box is about the only covered storage in the cabin...
     
  19. Ecosphere

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    Does anyone know standard settings on Drive Select e.g gear change revs / limits or any lucky owner tried setting up a profile in individual setting?
     
  20. gilesf

    gilesf Active Member

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    i think what royal steve was saying was that RWD isn't anything like as effective as the Quattro AWD, don't think he mentions FWD. I had a BMW 320 before my Audi and in some cases it was good but in others such as snow, hopeless as we all know. Looking at what he said, I took that to be his point. Sure you're right about not wanting too much power at the front but with the S3 that's obviously not the case.
     
  21. Itguy

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    i had a play with this on an extended test drive (they lent us the car for a while).

    We setup the individual setting to give us the fruity exhaust note, comfort steering and dynamic throttle response - seemed to work ok. It was on a manual car rather than an s-tronic though so didn't get to play about with the gear change stuff.
     
  22. CraigI

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    It all depends what you class as "better" - faster, more involving, safer?
    FWD cars have come on absolute leaps and bounds since your experience, see Megane Renaultsport, Focus RS etc, can handle the power through the front wheels and handle amazingly at the same time.

    My driving preference is RWD, but only in the dry, which in this country is not often.
    That's why my daily driver is always FWD or AWD.
     
  23. paullowther

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    I'm just sat watching an old episode of top gear on Dave, looks like it was filmed 2007ish.

    Jezza just tested the 'new' Porsche Carrera S which had a 0-60 time of 4.5. It's crazy to think that our new S3's would nearly be neck and neck to a performance Porsche of a few years back. Really puts the power of the Audi into perspective... Especially when you see the Porsche pulling and holding a power slide around a big bend!
     
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  25. Danners78

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    I can't wait. Sounds amazing.
     
  26. Johnnyb

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    Nice one Paul!!

    Is that an aftermarket exhaust or standard?

    I was wondering if any S-tronic S3 users were to put an aftermarket exhaust on - would you lose the blip sounds on the upshifts?
     
  27. Silky-S3

    Silky-S3 Is loving his new 8V S3!

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    Nope, they get even louder! Well they did on the 8P S3 Stronic :racer:
     
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  28. Johnnyb

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    Well that's confirmed my decision to go with a Milltek when they eventually release one...

    I only asked as i remember reading the new S3' exhaust had a flap in it, and i was under the impression this caused the blip? I could be totally wrong...
     
  29. Silky-S3

    Silky-S3 Is loving his new 8V S3!

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    The 8P had a flap as well. It opened at about 4k RPM and was just to keep it quite at town speeds. Nothing to do with creating the pops and bangs.
     
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  30. GNJ_Motorsport

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    Some info here on what mods are available from MTM for the car already...

    Audi S3 8V Sportback Tuning - 2,0 TFSI 221 kW (300hp) Quattro

    I have already spoken to a few companies about using ours for development. It is going to Cobra Sport for the exhaust development in March/April. No doubt it will be going to Shark as well sometime in early 2014. MTM are notorious for quoting small figures on remaps so I'd expect most stage 1 tunes to be in the region of 370 BHP.
     
  31. Johnnyb

    Johnnyb Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the info GNJ!

    Any news on working out this new type of ECU yet?
     
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    Also, how can it be that this car can get circa 70bhp from a stage 1 remap, whereas the 8P S3 was around 40-50bhp?

    Is it to do with the new turbo? I know the S4 makes around 70bhp from stage 1
     
  33. GNJ_Motorsport

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    I'll be honest, we know little about it as yet until it arrives. Some cars gain more from maps than others, the 335i I have now gained 70 BHP stage 1.
     
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  34. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 saloon S-line owners group

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    Even something useful would be nice...
     
  35. richy scott

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    I don't know if this has been posted before re the foot rest that should be stainless steel but is delivered in plastic. I have complained to Audi direct re the rest. I have received an email saying it should come with stainless. They have asked for a picture which I have sent. They have said that it is a potential miss build. I will let you know what the reply to the photo of a plastic rest is
     
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  36. PilotAudi

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    I do appreciate FWD has improved greatly BUT have you ever driven a 170 A3 Tdi 8P with FWD... horrible ... then the Quattro version..brilliant! Chalk and cheese.
     
  37. c.grex

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    not seen much said about this from when it was on a few pages ago. By looks of all the pictures on here, nobody has had a right hand drive with the rest in anything but plastic.
     
  38. CraigI

    CraigI Well-Known Member

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    Sorry thought you were talking about FWD v RWD.......
     
  39. CraigI

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    Both the new RS4 and new S5 have plastic, so I'd be surprised if the S3 comes with anything other than that.
     
  40. VeeDubDan

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    Good luck, but I'm pretty sure I know how this will pan out. And it doesn't involve a stainless footrest.
     

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