A3 3.2...  but then I am biased! Plus, the A3 has the new suspension set up on the rear plus the interior is comparable with the MkIV, unlike the MkV...!
Got to agree!
I drove a fully loaded dealer demo - 19"s, Bodykit, satnav, etc and it was a lovely, lovely car. Proper engine that makes a proper noise and one of the best interiors out there. However its definetly a more grown up, civilised car than the R - like a MK4 V6 is to a MK3 VR, the A3 feels a lot less racy and raw to me? It didn't really feel like it had 55BHP more than mine, though its plenty quick enough. The demo was also pushing ?30k which I thought was a bit much...
Despite that though I'd definetly take the A3 personally - great car.
new GTI one problem 2WD any car over 200BHP "TOPS" should have rear wheel drive or 4WD
I was really meaning hopefully any hardcore models would include a derivative of the R32. With the GTi you could loose say 100kg with a moderate increase in power (by say 10%, although not really necessary) and fettling of the handling to deliver a really focussed machine (aka Clio 182 in concept); even the Civic Type R and Focus RS are only approx 1200kg. The R32 carries much too much weight (1400 plus kgs) which blunts is already capable nature, plus with such a big engine it really should be looking towards at least 90 -100 bhp /litre IF the weight does not decrease; VW/Audi have the materials technology after all.
Interestingly, Vauxhall are producing an Astra VXR with approx 245 bhp (fwd), which should be no surprise as Alfa have already been there done that....but I do agree that 200 ish bhp really is about as much as you want in a fwd car before its starts being really compromised and expensive to engineer.
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