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Performance mods advice needed

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by JeffY, Oct 8, 2009.

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    [Oct 8, 2009]
    Hi,

    I'm looking for advice on performance mods for my bought from new very low mileage 3 year old A3 2.0T quattro sportback. I'm looking to bring it up to around stock S3 performance but with much improved handling and brakes. Ideally I want the eingine to sound sweeter/quieter if possible and I want the car to be optimized for Alps/mountain driving rather than track. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Jeff
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    resonated turboback exhaust, panel filter or even better cold air intake, and remap. you should be around stock s3 figures.
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    Thanks,

    Would a AMD 2.0 FSI TURBO STAGE 3 (Milltek sport turbo back + remap) be a good choice? Is it quieter/same/noisier than the stock exhaust? I'd like all the mods to be as stealthy as possible. i.e. my wife won't notice. :)

    Any advice on suspension/ brakes upgrade (for mountain driving)?
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    go for a resonated milltek turbo back and she won't notice, as it sound as oem, only at the higher revs it's a bit louder :icon_thumright: you should consider panel filter at least it's not noisy as cold air intake but it gives a little extra air. think that amd stage 3 should do the job.
    as for brakes and suspension you should see how it handles with the extra power imo.
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    Don't think you will need a brake upgrade unless you plan to track the car.

    How much do you want to spend?

    A simple remap will transform the car to around 240-50bhp

    Then its a question of how far you want to go....

    Miltek non-resonated - personally, I'd go for that, quiet when you want it to be and sounds amazing when you want it to!

    Milltek down pipe

    Cold Air Intake (CAI) or panel filter - just depends what you want from the car

    Stage 2 map (if you buy both CAI and downpipe)

    with stage 2 you should be in and around 270bhp or so which is S3 power but with probably more torque which will be awesome for you as you already have quattro.

    Stage 2+ (which I am not sure if you can get) includes an uprated fuel pump and possibly an intercooler (be it S3 or forge item).

    This could potentially bring you close to 290-300bhp but then again, you will have to think of cost regarding uprated clutches, injectors, brakes etc...
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    Thanks guys, I don't really have a budget limit, although I probably wouldn't go over £5K for the mods.

    I drove around at the Alps a few weeks ago, Davos, Stelvio, Livigno, st. Bernadino and Gotthard pass which was awesome. Stock suspension was a bit spongy at times and the brakes simply weren't up to the task as they overheated very easily. I'll likely be doing the same/similar trip next year and at least for that trip the extra power would be wasted without improved suspension and brakes.
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    On my A3 the Whiteline WALK and Whiteline anti roll bars transformed the handling from 'stodgy' to fun............
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    Thanks Cloggie,

    I have been looking at the Whiteline stuff, looks good but doesn't appear to be compatible with Quattro, is that right?
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    The S3/Cupra/R32 setup looks like a very reasonably priced mod, esp if you get the parts secondhand off ebay. Come to think of it, that's what I should be doing....
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