Went to take a look at both these wonderful machines today but cannot make my mind up. Missus prefer the S3. Me personally, I too like the S3 but several car mags say the engine is coarse, unlike the V6 from the beemer. Is it really noticeable? I know the 135 has the edge on HP and it has twin turbo's but S3 has 4wd (is is permanent 4wd) and its cheaper by 3K. Guys who own one already does it have launch control (same as the Golf GTI)?