I had another test drive for 3 hours last weekend, in addition to the first one I did.
The car is very quick, very well built, and a ace to drive. Compared to my R its on a par performance wise, and its only handling wise on roundabouts and corners that you notice a difference. That being said the S3 is definitely the nicer car to drive, suspension is sporty but not as harsh as the R.
The interior is lovely as well
Only other minor point is the grunt of the engine, its almost too understated, unless you thrash it... but that might be because im use to a big V6 growl....
Nice car Mark, I test drove one on Sunday and felt very responsive and suprisingly light feeling but that maybe that I have just had a 350Z Roadster. I like the Audi feel as well, just out of interest have you been entirely happy with your Gti as I have not been on here for a while?
GTI, yeh pretty happy overall. Pretty frustrating in the wet trying to get the power down in 1st and 2nd without the awful wheel hop and sadly due to its success and cheap-ish price, there's just farrrrrrr too many of them on the road here now.
There's 8 S3's in Ireland at the moment, including mine, that figure isn't going to change too much due to the price of them.
GTI looks good, handles well enough, has a fair level of power and sounds great for a 4 pot - all things you already know but I just need to get something unique and with an amount of power not found in most average cars you'll see on the road out of my system. I wanted an M3 for some time and ruled it out, the S3 is not quite M3 material but it's a happy medium for me.
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