Best looking Audi an all... *runs and hides*
I think its ridiculous to not be able to decide what one wants and then come to a forum and whine. its a bad look and is totally absurd. if you dont like the car then get something else. period
lol the Audi service manager asked me the other day what I thought of the new Astra, I told him "I'm driving an Audi, think that says everything"
Never know who reads this, so got to be a bit careful
Iv recently done the apr stage 1 on my s3. Gained an extra 125lb/ft of torque and 65hp. which to me has made the car more agressive, responsive and obviously alot faster.
If i put my foot down in say 2nd gear coming off a roundabout or coming out off a junction, the back end pops out no problem. Previous to the tune, I couldnt get that to happen.
though 600 quid for a remap sounds rediculous, the difference in how the car feels now is well worth the money i think.
Corsa E VXR - worst ver I've ever ****** driven!
I love it. Hands down the best car I've had. Yes the interior rattles like a kids toy, but the driving experience more than makes up for that. Compared to the S3 it has loads more feel for what the car is doing, and a really nice sense of balance in the chassis. And while it's not really my thing, you can get the back end out without even trying (LSD comes standard, turn in and foot down in second = drift).
I'd try both, they're somewhat different beasts. The 370z is pretty lardy compared to the GT86, it's packing an extra 250-300 kg after all.id rather a 370 nismo than a gt86!
I'm lucky to get weekdays off occasionally and live in the middle of a starfish of good B-Road routes. I still get regularly frustrated, although that red metal box with MTM across it definitely reduces the gap needed for a quick overtake...I'd love to know where you guys drive these cars ? I went out today for a play with my S3 , and hardly find any road without queues of traffic. Quick burst then traffic. Followed by 30 mph limit.
Was different on a bike , could always get past the queues.
Would be interesting to try one on the track. As an everyday car the S3 fits the bill. For serious performance it would have to be a bike.
I walk past a MV every day and drool .
Good luck with your hunt....
Get rid of it and do what, be a bus w4nker. The reason for this post, is for advice on people who have changed, experienced or modified their s3 to make it worth their while.
If I was looking for nonsense I'd pop over to piston heads and listen to every tosser knowing everything about every vehicle on the road because they watched top gear once a week.
As many have said yes there are better.
But bang for buck it's an impressive car.
Yes I love it but it doesn't make me grin ear to ear everytime...yet I still turn around when I'm walking away from the parking lot to look at it.
If it means 10 to 15k extra for an rs3 which appears to have the only difference of dynamic exhaust and 65hp with the same level of understeer and grip, I may aswell go Apr with a full system for 2.5k all in.
I am as well mate - whereabouts are you?I suppose living in the overcrowded SE means even B roads that i drive on are congested. It means even trying to use the performance of an S3 is not more than a short blast. I even slow down to 20 mph untiil something starts to come up behind me just so i can get a quick zap to catch the snail trail back up.
Oh well , i am still enjoying it and do still sneak out just to drive for driving sake, and four months in...
To get the best out of it, in addition to upping the power, you also have to change the suspension and brakes.
More power means faster drag races in between the corners, but with the standard dampers and springs, it just highlights their deficiencies at higher speeds/more demanding corners. And brake fade sets in quicker too .......
(But there isn't a lot you can do with the steering though)
Yes, eye-watering! But hugely impressive results, exceptionally good piece of kit - OEM harness and couplings used, and appears to tap/regulate a lot of different readings. It also comes off and back on again in - literally - two minutes, and comes with a fall back warranty. Will apparently adapt up to and including downpipe/sport cat and intake, according to QST. Not pushing quite the power of a stage 1 flash I shouldn't think, but near enough!Aren't they a lot of money? Obviously not in the sense of upgrading to an RS3 lol
Yes, eye-watering! But hugely impressive results, exceptionally good piece of kit - OEM harness and couplings used, and appears to tap/regulate a lot of different readings. It also comes off and back on again in - literally - two minutes, and comes with a fall back warranty. Will apparently adapt up to and including downpipe/sport cat and intake, according to QST. Not pushing quite the power of a stage 1 flash I shouldn't think, but near enough!
@steeve and @Eigdoog I totally agree....lots of us don't want to start hacking our cars around,and want better residuals etc,but lots of us like doing the exact opposite as well,and that's the choice.
Who knows...maybe I'll leave the next car alone...but I said that about this one....
I'd love to know where you guys drive these cars ? I went out today for a play with my S3 , and hardly find any road without queues of traffic. Quick burst then traffic. Followed by 30 mph limit.
Read the above review myself, very interesting. Both have their flaws, but me personally, who has a mk7 Golf R and just two months ago cancelled an s3 order...I look forward to placing a deposit on an a45 in the next 6 months. RS3 sounds sublime, but on the looks front...it leaves me a bit meh. But the aero pack and night pack on a mountain grey a45 is STUNNING!!!!!! IMO
My brother has a normal A Class, lovely looking car. But it's so small inside, I'm actually shocked that the boot space is more than an A1.
If you're just after a high performance hatchback then yeah you can compare but as a car on the face of it I don't think you should.
I am as well mate - whereabouts are you?
I thought I'd chip in, since I was in the same boat as you, and my thread and name have been brought up ..
The S3 ticks a lot of boxes, it's nice to look at, I like the minimalist interior, it goes very well, it's grippy, reasonable on fuel, cheap to run and insure (well for me, being old helps ), the 4-pot turbo makes a reasonable noise, and the S-tronic burps are fun. Sounds great, I had an extended test drive and was sold, excellent.
However boredom set in quite quickly, I was seduced by Spangle Blue in the showroom (and it had just been added to the £550 options list, not a £2.5k option) failing to remember I don't usually like blue cars.
Long story short and I just found the car quite dull. I may as well have been in the 1.4 TFSi around town (the S3 is quiet even in dynamic mode), I didn't like the way it handled at speed, so the only thrill was revving it out for the S-tronic burp, and the opportunity to do that these days is pretty slim. I think that's the problem with most cars these days, they are actually too competent. The character has been ironed out. And although this seems a common answer to the 'my S3 is dull', remapping it and making it quicker IMHO does not turn it into a different car. The S3 does not lack for speed, making it quicker doesn't make it any more characterful.
I know the Boxster is a different type of car, but take one for a test drive, 5 minutes later and you'll understand when I say that the S3 steering is numb, too light and lacks feedback, most cars these days do. You feel connected in the Porsche, the handling is superb, there's no slack or roll. The engine is a delight, has character throughout the range, and the throttle response is in a different league. I have had a GT carnewal exhaust fitted and the flat 6 is aurally much nicer than any 4-pot turbo. I will not be buying a 781.
On to the practicalities, I've just been for a weekend away with the missus. 4 days. I used the frunk, she used the trunk, we had plenty space, it was comfortable, good fun on the B-roads up here, and I returned 34 mpg on the way up, which is only about 2 mpg less than I would get from the S3.
So, for me, speed is not the answer, neither is modding the S3. What you want to do (and I'm sure Jeremy Clarkson said this) is buy a car that's actually worse, but has character. For example if you need a 5 door hatch I'd try a Scooby, or a 135i for the engine/drivetrain. If you need 4 seats go look at a 5.0 Mustang, and if you only need 2 seats I can't see past a Boxster/Cayman .. 2nd hand now, as you WANT the flat 6, trust me
My pal has a
Golf R (15plate)
Leaving the C63 out as its in a league of its own, his most favourite car is the RS3 by far beats the A45 for noise and everything else he says.
If only we had that much money and leave cars parked in our garages we wouldn't have any issues