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The S3 just gained some respect

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by MingBluS3, May 7, 2006.

  1. Ryanc

    Ryanc Active Member

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    Um, well the 968 handles well i'll give it that but it just doesn't have the zip of my s3. I also don't really like elises ,they handle sublimly but there's no raw edge. Most of the time it feels like my eyes are popping out of my head pushing the s3,the noise and torque of the 20v engine on full chat is amazing.
     
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  3. robthehungrymonkey

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    The one thing an S3 can't provide, is the... thrill that a properly engineered sportscar provides.

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    I think that sums it up. The S3 (i think) is a fantastic car, quicker than you realise, and very easy to drive fast.
    But at the end of the day it won't excite you as a "proper drivers car" will.
    Hence my decision to sell the S3, and buy a (very!) slow wagon for very slow driving and a fun car.
    Cheaper than a C4S anyway /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
  4. I've got to admit. After test driving a Lotus Elise 111R, my s3 felt so wooden and dare I say it, boring.
    You just can't have it all guys. The luxury and comfort along with driver satisfaction (unless you get a 911).
     
  5. Ryanc

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    Excite you! Must be joking scares the bloody life out of me most of the time and i like it!

    Wonder what mr boxster s was thinking when that pesky yellow shopping car wouldn't go away!
     
  6. Ryanc

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    i have the luxury and the power ,perhaps the dynamics are not all there but that just makes it more fun.
    If your going for a 111r you might aswell go for a catheram and be done.
     
  7. This discussion could go on for ages.

    I think the only real excitement one can achieve from the s3 is the power. Rule out the power, there's not much there as far as driver satisfaction goes.

    The power delivery isn't even that exhilarating. The steering is vague, and the gear change is way too long a throw.

    Though it is a very comfortable, quick car.
    I think it'll only be a matter of time before I change to something of a sportier edge.
     
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    it's a compromise,s3 with power is a nice balance as is a c4s.
     
  9. robthehungrymonkey

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    i have the luxury and the power ,perhaps the dynamics are not all there but that just makes it more fun.
    If your going for a 111r you might aswell go for a catheram and be done.

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    I would have preffered a 111R, as I could have used it every day. But as I can't afford one anymore, I had to go for a westy and an everyday wagon.
     
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    i have the luxury and the power ,perhaps the dynamics are not all there but that just makes it more fun.


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    For me, not so much...
    It becomes frustrating when a car is setting the limits...especially limits which on a road you know well, you feel are holding you back and spoiling your fun.

    Even when a properly sorted S3 does do the 'driving' bit well...which to be fair is pretty often, it just doesn't offer the thrill.
    You don't get any sensation of being 'special' in a sorted S3. No hint of 'drive of your life'.

    I get that feeling every time I start the C4S. Still. When I don't...I guess it's time to sell...
    But I honestly don't see that happening.
     
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    it's a compromise,s3 with power is a nice balance as is a c4s.

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    I see what you mean...but in all honesty...a C4S is far more compromised than an S3.

    The S3 has a better interior...so it's nicer to spend hours on end
    It's practical, so you can go shopping in it...
    It'll get into multi-storey car parks...so you can park it...
    It's not as much of a target...so you can actually leave it somewhere and still sleep at night...
    But the 100% driving limit holds you back...

    The C4S is a sublime driving machine...that you daren't park anywhere, can't get into car parks, has no storage space etc...
    Far more compromised.Try getting more than 5 bags of Tescos shopping into it...it's a near military operation!

    I wish I'd been able to keep my S3 as an 'everyday' car...as for that it was as close to perfect as I could have hoped for.
     
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    You have pretty much named every reason why i've kept my s3.
    It's the ultimate sleeper.
    If i change it will be a all out racer so 500bhp/tonne and dynamics to match.
     

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