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My new RS3 - Daytona

JonnyG Sep 16, 2012

  1. JonnyG

    JonnyG Active Member

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    I picked up my brand new RS3 last Tuesday 11th Sept from Leeds Audi, which will replace my much loved Golf R. Hats off to Paul at Leeds Audi ... fantastic customer service and they bent over backwards to clinch a deal.

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    First impressions and a comparison with my old Golf R (I come from a Golf GTi, R32 and R background for the last 6 six years) :)

    Firstly the engine : the biggest pulling factor for me and I'm certainly not disappointed. Anyone missing the sound of the R32's V6 in their Mk 6 Golf, but wanting more power than that old 3.2 unit, will not be disapponted with the RS3's 2.5TFSI. Lots of low down grunt and a fantastic tingly warble from about 3500rp upwards ... loving it !!

    7-speed S-tronic - Another pulling factor me was this 7-speed box .. I love VW's DSG and, and as I do a fair bit of motorway driving, the 7th gear on this S-tronic is great for a quieter, relaxed cruise with excellent mpg. When an overtake blast is required, just drop a couple gears on the paddles and whoosh .... :thumbsup: In manual mode the S-tronic does not auto change up at the red line (not tested by me yet as running in still) and neither does it kickdown.

    So those are the best bits and where the RS3 excels IMHO compared to the R.

    Now the rest :-

    Handling / Cornering / Ride - The RS3 has a similar feel to the R on high speed bends, lots of grip and traction. On tighter corners though I have to say I prefer the Golf R so far. The RS3 doe'snt feel as "chuckable" as the R. Perhaps I hav'nt really got to grips with the RS3 yet but when negotiating tight roundabouts near where I live the RS3 does not "flow" from left-right-left as well as the R. Probably due to the additional up front weight.

    The ride in the RS3 feels firm and taut and very similar to my R (which had 19"s and standard spec suspension). Over sharper irregularities the RS3 feels to cushion the blow more than the R, as if there was more rubber thickness (although there is'nt any - it is the same 235/35/19 profile on the fronts ;D). The tyres on the RS3 are Contisport 5p's.

    Running Costs - The RS3 is looking remarkably similar to the R here :)

    - Insurance is the same (only £280 for me and the wife with Privilege).
    - Tax is £255 a year.
    - MPG is looking to be similar (due to 7th gear on motoway cruise) but I'm expecting slightly lower long term.
    - Finance monthy payments are actually the same as the R despite £7k additional on finance).
    - No servicing pack unfortunatley but I have taken out a 4th year Audi warranty on the RS3 (for £245 extra).
    - Also the RS3 comes with 3 years Audi breakdown cover as standard.

    All in all well impressed so far, and I can't wait for the running in period to end.
     
  2. Sandra

    Sandra MODERATOR Staff Member Administrator Moderator TeamMisano TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter quattro Audi S3 s tronic

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    Super looking car Jonny. Hope you enjoy driving it. :) x
     
  3. Kohaku

    Kohaku Member

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    Jonny........You didn't bend over to clinch the deal.did you.

    That Insurance quote seems very cheap.?
     
  4. JonnyG

    JonnyG Active Member

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    Yep, no more than my Golf R, very happy ...most quotes were around £450. I'm no young whippersnapper though :laugh:

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  5. N8

    N8 Kowalski Details VCDS Map User

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    Stunning! Hope you enjoy it, I've seen 2 this weekend in Manchester.
     
  6. Audi Dynamik

    Audi Dynamik Well-Known Member

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    Very nice, hope you enjoy it :)
    Any mods planned ?
     
  7. JonnyG

    JonnyG Active Member

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    Loads more photos after a wash yesterday :s3addict:


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    Last edited: Sep 23, 2012
  8. warren_S5

    warren_S5 Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    Best colour I think, looks absolutely stunning, beautiful car mate.
     
  9. gilford

    gilford Member

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    Er, Ibis is the best (and fastest) colour! ;)
     
  10. warren_S5

    warren_S5 Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    Ibis, the no cost option colour that almost everyone seems to have these days! ;)

    Daytona, Sepang and Suzuka are my current faves, but ibis does look sharp with opensky and black edition granted!
     
  11. tedward

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    Stunning motor. Very jelous!

    Enjoy.
     
  12. gilford

    gilford Member

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    No cost option that SELLS! When I was looking they were being sold as I was enquiring, the others seem to just sit there, overpriced, nd never sell. See PistonHeads for examples ;)

    I love the Sepang (or is it Sprint?) blue but the few that were for sale were just silly money, and in 12 months time that money will be lost :(

    I'm very happy with my Ibis with black optics :)
     
  13. colicabcadam

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    if you want it to handle a little better, get an uprated ARB set, it'll feel much lighter in the corners
     
  14. knobby

    knobby Member

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    Looks Amazing.. How many miles you done now?
     
  15. BigWillyStyle

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    Looks absolutely stunning!

    Everything about he car is perfect. Definitely the best colour choice.

    Have to admit when i seen your insurance cost i thought you must be about 60 with 70 years no claims :ninja:

    Have fun with the car!!
     
  16. 0120raptor

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    Hi
    I`m in the process of possibly buying your car .Going to view it on Saturday.I was wondering if it is possible to speak to you about it. My number is 01204 571636. (day) Neil. Thank you.
     
  17. T-800

    T-800 Well-Known Member Team Mythos VCDS Map User Team Tornado Audi RS3 quattro DSG

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    How'd you get on mate ? Did you go look ?
     
  18. 0120raptor

    0120raptor Member

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    I`m now the proud owner of an RS3.Should be picking it up Monday or Tuesday.
     
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  19. RYes3

    RYes3 Active Member Team Nardo Audi RS3

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    well??
     
  20. 0120raptor

    0120raptor Member

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    Yes fine thanks.
     
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  21. T-800

    T-800 Well-Known Member Team Mythos VCDS Map User Team Tornado Audi RS3 quattro DSG

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    A man of few words...... Enjoy the car
     
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