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  1. dbm

    Pipe and Nomex slippers...

    Been a journey and no mistake. Forgive the rubbish quality, early digital cameras were poor... My first Audi, an S3 bought stock but eventually I spent about £5k on extensive mods... Next came my 3.2Q, a bit more ‘grown up‘ But I got over it and bought a TTS; I never planned to buy an RS3...
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    Pipe and Nomex slippers...

    After being an Audi driver for about 21 years, it was time for my current steed to go to pastures new: I am officially an old man because I’ve bought a Mercedes... I have to say that I think both Audi and VW have gone too far with their touch screen obsessions, so considering all the...
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    S3 vs Golf8R

    That was a lot closer than I expected, given the results seen in other tests.
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    Gap insurance?

    Cheers guys, finance and insurance are both somewhat labyrinthine!
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    Gap insurance?

    Cheers all - I’ve not bothered in the past and been buying ‘nice’ cars for about 25 years. Might just be being over cautious :friendly wink: I certainly won’t be buying from the stealer, and will check out my policy with More Than to see what it says about new cars and first year of ownership...
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    Gap insurance?

    A new purchase will soon be arriving, and I’m considering Gap Insurance for the first time. Any suggestions for reputable and reasonably priced policies? Sticker price will he just under £60k...
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    Audi S3 to VW Golf R - Am I a joke to you?

    To my mind, the 8R has clearly been repositioned upwards in comparison to other previously peer cars. The 7R was more of a peer to the S3, but the 8R is firmly between the S3 and RS3. Similar with the A35 and A45S. The 7R would be a straight match to the A35 but the 8R is somewhere in between.
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    Audi S3 to VW Golf R - Am I a joke to you?

    It’s a tough call - about £5k difference on list between a well spec’ed 8R and an A45S+. And the Merc has an extra 100HP and (IMO) far better ergonomics.
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    Audi S3 to VW Golf R - Am I a joke to you?

    Autogefuhl review:
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    Audi S3 to VW Golf R - Am I a joke to you?

    Last I heard the TT had been discontinued. Has that changed then? ETA: Looks like a 'run out' edition?
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    Audi S3 to VW Golf R - Am I a joke to you?

    New edition of Car Magazine has a good review of the Golf R. Sounds like a great car combined with terrible tech :persevere:
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    Audi S3 to VW Golf R - Am I a joke to you?

    Put a decent spec into the VW Configurator and ended up at £47.5k pretty much. Might as well go for the CLA45S Shootingbrake at that point...
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    Audi S3 to VW Golf R - Am I a joke to you?

    The power is just BHP vs PS. The AWD system is talking about two different things - front/back is 50/50 but the power on the rear axle can shift all to one side or another. Here’s the source info
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    Audi S3 to VW Golf R - Am I a joke to you?

    Been an Audi driver for over 20 years but might move next time. Fancy a CLA45S Shooting Brake, but not sure I can justify £60k...
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    Audi S3 to VW Golf R - Am I a joke to you?

    Akrapovic - it is usually an optional item
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    Audi S3 to VW Golf R - Am I a joke to you?

    That’s new for this gen, previously the 2l turbo versions of the R have basically matched the S3 in terms of power (and drive train)
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    Audi S3 to VW Golf R - Am I a joke to you?

    No, the S3 does torque vectoring via the brakes (p12): https://audimediacenter-a.akamaihd.net/system/production/uploaded_files/17425/file/fa11587c91c0ccb378054341f0d503e7f3f3dee7/en_press_information_Audi_S3.pdf?1599817505&disposition=attachment The specific item...
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    Audi S3 to VW Golf R - Am I a joke to you?

    Came here to post about this too: https://www.evo.co.uk/volkswagen/21153/2020-volkswagen-golf-r-revealed-316bhp-and-torque-vectoring-rear-differential Clearly Audi are keeping the rear-diff for the RS3 but it makes the S3 a poor cousin to the R yet again.
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    Autocar Audi S3 Saloon review

    Actually, the engine of my T-Reg car blew up... It wasn’t my fault - a friend with a non-turbo Impreza had his engine fail in exactly the same way. Apparently one of the cylinders in the block had a design weakness.
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    Autocar Audi S3 Saloon review

    I had an Impreza before my first S3. It was a lovely car at the time and the agility was excellent. A very different AWD setup to the Haldex, however, and seems to be less and less popular given the focus on efficiency. Haldex needs torque vectoring just to claw-back in comparison.
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