Did anyone see the review of the golf R in auto express (I think it was) this week? against a rsq3 and a a45 amg. Golf won and also managed to lay down a 4.5 0-60 in the wet, beating the other two - quite incredible if true. The S3 only got a passing mention as a suitable alternative but I tend to read the golf R and s3 reviews interchangeably. They also compared these new trio to the 996 911 turbo of yesteryear - something I can see similarities in too actually.