S3 vs Golf R

Fiddie

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Does anyone know why Golf R is quickly and it feels more "racing" than S3 when booth have the same MQB plattform and EA888 engine?
I read some test's, reviews and forums and forums and always get the same opinion.

p.e.

In Hockenheim short (2604m), S3 8v laps on 1:16.80 (pos. 285) while Golf R laps on 1:15.90 (pos.245). Even old Scirocco R'09 laps on 1:16.30.
Source: Hockenheim Short lap records - FastestLaps.com
It's quite annoying :(
 

RYuill

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I'm sure the s3 is lighter as well so I would of thought it would be slightly quicker.
 

RYuill

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From looking at that, the s3 8v sport back is slower than the old golf R.
 

RYuill

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Suppose they are not all test in the same weather conditions
 

S3Alex

Rarely neutral
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Does anyone know why Golf R is quickly and it feels more "racing" than S3 when booth have the same MQB plattform and EA888 engine?
I read some test's, reviews and forums and forums and always get the same opinion.

p.e.

In Hockenheim short (2604m), S3 8v laps on 1:16.80 (pos. 285) while Golf R laps on 1:15.90 (pos.245). Even old Scirocco R'09 laps on 1:16.30.
Source: Hockenheim Short lap records - FastestLaps.com
It's quite annoying :(

You've got to remember,those are lap records for a start,so they're the best times recorded,not averages,or a selection of lap times,and you also need to look at the difference in record times,which amounts to a whopping 0.9s

And.....there are two guys credited with the times,i.e. it's not one guy driving both or all of them,so you have to factor in different driving styles,different conditions on the day etc etc.

Personally,I wouldn't be bothered by 0.9s as most of us(myself included) wouldn't get anywhere near those times.
 

Leo-RS

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Does anyone know why Golf R is quickly and it feels more "racing" than S3 when booth have the same MQB plattform and EA888 engine?
I read some test's, reviews and forums and forums and always get the same opinion.

p.e.

In Hockenheim short (2604m), S3 8v laps on 1:16.80 (pos. 285) while Golf R laps on 1:15.90 (pos.245). Even old Scirocco R'09 laps on 1:16.30.
Source: Hockenheim Short lap records - FastestLaps.com
It's quite annoying :(

Side by side, the S3 should be the quicker car given the better PWR figures...

S3 (DSG) = 296/1415kg = 209.18bhp/ton
Golf R (DSG) = 296/1495kg = 197.99bhp/ton

S3 has 5.7% more power like for like

As to the fastest laps, probably DSG vs manual, wet vs dry, different drivers and so on and on. Side by side, both on launch control over a drag race, the S3 post a quicker time for sure.
 

Leo-RS

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The Golf is 80kg heavier according to the official Audi/VW blurb so not quite sure I believe those weigh ins there. Also looking at the 0-200kmh times the S3 is quite a margin quicker. Then again they are comparing the S3 saloon DSG with a Golf R manual there.
 

david25uk

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With the weights, Audi and VW have different reporting standards.

Golf 3dr man 1476Kg

S3 3dr man 1395Kg

BUT then add 75Kg to make it equivalent to the Golf = 1470Kg i.e. very very close.

Then its all about extras, especially Bose, sunroof and electric seats.

With the acceleration, yes we have to make to compare manual to manual and DSG to DSG.
 

Leo-RS

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That is true, I never realised VW quoted kerb weight with 75kg driver/luggage but yet Audi quote without.

Sneaky sneaky Audi.
 

david25uk

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I;ve found some more weights

Autocar 9th April

Golf R 3dr DSG weighed 1410Kg compared to official weight of 1495

BUT Auto Zeitung weighed the manual at 1479
 

viperfire

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Here is a load of data

Performance tests: S3 Limusine vs M235i vs CLA45 AMG vs Golf R

Golf VII R [TOPIC OFFICIEL] - Page : 32 - Golf - Volkswagen - FORUM Marques (look for the mag screenshots)

Golf is lighter!!! Those pesky Germans even weigh the cars.

The magazine "professionals" usually comment about the suspension feeling different.

I wonder what would happen if you swap the springs and dampers from the S3 and R?
From tHose times the S3 beats everything but the merc. It seems to rate everything on 5th gear performance and braking weird
 
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barwon

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I also wonder why most of the German and Dutch magazine tests (search on the German Car Forum for S3, Golf R reviews) prefer the handling of the Golf R to the S3. I assume that the suspension set up on the Golf R must provide better balanced handling?
 

steeve

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It cant be guaranteed that both cars are standard and they would also need to be driven by the same driver. But I do think VW set their cars up a little more sporty than Audi.
 

6audi6

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So most journos think Golf may have the edge when really pushing it? So with today's roads that's maybe 10% of the time if you're lucky? I think the Golf looks slightly better in the way they've differentiated it from cars lower in the range (for me the difference between s line and S3 is just too subtle). The Golf does the subtle side of sporty and aggressive just that little bit better (being able to spec 19"s is a big help).

But, and for me it's a big but, could I live with the Golfs interior coming from an S3? No. The Golf cabin seems a throwback from ten years ago in comparison to the Audi. And the carbon look seats just don't look right IMO. Thus I'd have to spec full leather. Touchscreen Golf or MMI Audi? Audi everyday. The fit, finish and design of the Audi just looks so much better and justifies the price tag more. It's a nicer place to spend time.

It depends what you're after. If, like me, the Audi is your only car then for me it's a no brainer. The interior is where you spend the most time. The possible extra you would get from that odd moment of hooning would pale significantly every time I'm stuck in traffic with the Golf. On the open road I'm fairly happy with what the S3 can give me when I'm pushing on. I'm not too sure whether the Golf would offer me too much more. The Audi strikes a better balance of qualities for me.
 

steeve

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Longy, thanks for finding this comparison, very interesting.
6audi6, I agree with your comments.

Both are very good cars, but for me (at my age!) I like the Audi as a better place to be.
 
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barwon

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6audi6 and steeve, I agree with your comments. Coming from a Mk 5 GTI and then a Mk 6 GTI, I wanted more of a step up in interior quality and comfort, as well as performance, and while both are great cars the S3 met my needs best as my only car.
 

dbm

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My guess would be a combination of mechanical bits in the suspension set up and electronic bits in terms of how the throttle, ABS / ESP, DSG and Haldex units are programmed.

Having done the modification-thing with my 8L S3 you can certainly transform the handling of a car with suspension components and set up.

Other people have poo-poo'ed this theory, but my take on it is that the R is intended to be the top of it's tree in terms of performance, so they have given it the best possible handling. With Audi the S3 has been designed to leave some space above for an RS3 model.
 

pat15312

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my take on it is that the R is intended to be the top of it's tree in terms of performance, so they have given it the best possible handling. With Audi the S3 has been designed to leave some space above for an RS3 model.

I'd reel that theory in if I were you... The 8P RS3 was/is a horrible handling car. Hopefully Audi pay more attention to this area of car performance on the 8V RS3.
 

dbm

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I'd reel that theory in if I were you... The 8P RS3 was/is a horrible handling car. Hopefully Audi pay more attention to this area of car performance on the 8V RS3.

Maybe. It's better than a stock 8P S3 and that is surely the point?

And it's infinitely better on decent tyres. Don't believe what Mr Harris has to say.
 

bqik

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99% of S3-R buyers are not journos neither racers.

how many of us will drive the S3 on track every sunday?

VAG needs at least differentiate their products.

regards
 

ACWKGYTO

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Rant warning ! :)

Test drove the new golf R in a 5 door, manual on 19's yesterday in race mode...I'd like to disconnect the sound Aktuator is really sounded quite fake. Will be test driving the new S3 in a 3 door manual this week, from what Ive now read this may sound fake too.

In manual I didnt feel the car was much quicker than my standard 3 door S3 P8 in S tronic,

but I'm sure it would do in a an auto

Handling on the new platform does feel good, I was also impressed with the GTI performance pack 3 door with Adaptive Chassis Control, set up in sport mode (although there was more obvious fake engine noise)

A bit of toque steer from the GTI, none from the Golf R

The sales guys I tested the cars with, especially the Golf R, were car enthusiasts, so we gave the car a good try ! :)

Been really difficult to get to try manual versions of the car, they are like hens teeth especially the R

Also tried the M135i but not for me, too cramped, fake sound again, no digital speedo, does feel good in manual

But Im starting to think that Auto is the way forward for this kind of 300PS plus car, once youve tasted the kickdown youre hooked in, its a shame someone doesnt bring out a car with a clutch that disappears when you want it to and becomes an auto !

At present I have a mk2 golf gti16v 3 door manual for the times I fancy some more involved driving, no sound aktuator needed ! :)

I will see what the new S3 drives like hopefully this week, The Golf R fully specced is nearly £40k in manual 5 door...Im sorry but I dont like it that much ! We'll see about the new S3, looking at a Demonstrator 3 door manual around low 30's

They offered me around £3k off a fully specced Golf R, so about £36500 then a poor part ex price with a 4 month wait

That aint happening ! I'd rather buy another classic car or 5

I dunno why these online discounters such as carwow dont just say, this doesnt work if youre part exing your car

They give you 5 to 10 % off a new car, then 15 % under value your part ex

Do they think people were born yesterday !!!
 

Pulp84

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The Golf R does sound much more synthesised in my opinion over the S3. You will have to see for yourself but think you will like it.

I had no issues with my part-ex (but it was an Audi). I managed to negotiate a fixed trade in equity which actually ensured I had the exact amount of cash come delivery time (4 and 1/2 months after I placed the order). Maybe you should try that if there is finance on your part-ex to pay off?
 

ACWKGYTO

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The Golf R does sound much more synthesised in my opinion over the S3. You will have to see for yourself but think you will like it.

I had no issues with my part-ex (but it was an Audi). I managed to negotiate a fixed trade in equity which actually ensured I had the exact amount of cash come delivery time (4 and 1/2 months after I placed the order). Maybe you should try that if there is finance on your part-ex to pay off?

When I find a car better than what Ive got for the right deal then I might go ahead

been offered a fixed trade in equity on the golf R in 4 months which is 3k under what I would get for the car now without buying another car !

Funnily enough that was roughly the discount offered to me on the new car

Its bulls..t

They can keep the Golf R and stick its fake noise up their tight arseschlockes !

Audi S3 is far more cool, in a covert way, Golf R too blingy and tacky...I like the GTI though, but its overpriced
 

veeeight

I am a very pretty girl
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Porsche Panemara is a fat porsche for old farts


He's a ..nt !!! (Clarkson)


I have driven the golf R (I wonder if Jeremy has yet) and its engine noise is as fake as he is


Its bulls..t

They can keep the Golf R and stick its fake noise up their tight arseschlockes !




You are PilotAudi in disguise, and I claim my £5. :)






edit:
Trivia: Origins of the "You are X, and I claim my £5"
Lobby Lud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
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veeeight

I am a very pretty girl
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He was a legend the 8V forum, whose generalisations (eg: Panameras are for fat men, Q3's and Q5's are used by their owners to go dogging) etc. and generally blinkered views, hatred of Clarkson and anything Tory, obnoxiousness and bullying tendencies led to him being banned.


PS: Do you like Phantom Black ?
 

ACWKGYTO

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I did get banned for a couple of weeks after a little spat on the 8V forum

I do like Phantom black, its the colour of my S3

The one I'm looking at might be some strange off black colour looks like an aubergine !

So not so sure, but could be amazing...I have seen the car in the flesh and got very excited

Then whenever Ive asked about it the manager has taken it home !

Would have to be mind blowingly good to change back to manual :)

What you got Veeeight ? Colour ? 3 or 5 door ?

Right I'm off to pick up a part for my mk2, laters
 
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veeeight

I am a very pretty girl
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I do like Phantom black, its the colour of my S3

Interesting :)




What you got Veeeight ? Colour ? 3 or 5 door ?
3-door, Estoril Blue :)

Re fake sound - You can turn off, or down, the Soundaktor via VCDS. It's a percentage scale, 0-100%.
Or just unplug it (under the scuttle) if you don't like it.
I quite like it in Dynamic Mode - turns the inline-4 into a off-beat boxer engine.
 

veeeight

I am a very pretty girl
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DSG of course.


<puts on tin hat>
 
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