Driving an RS3 Sportback (and a Mk7 Golf R) this weekend

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Driving an RS3 Sportback (and a Mk7 Golf R) this weekend

Post by BillTheButcher » Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:46 pm

Hello all.

I thought it was time I had a go in one of the RS models I haven't tried yet, so I'm test driving a 2012 RS3 Sportback this weekend.

Are there any obvious problems I should look out for; any recalls I should check?

Cheers. :thumbs:
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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by HYFR » Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:05 am

Open the bonnet and see how far in front of the axle the engine is then you'll understand why it drives so bad.

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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by BillTheButcher » Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:08 am

:lol:

Thank you.

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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by HYFR » Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:15 am

Sorry, but genuinely it is the worst RS product I've driven. RS 5 or TTRS are better for similar money.

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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by doodlebug » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:52 am

Seconded. Worse car purchase to date.

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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by BillTheButcher » Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:57 am

HYFR wrote:Sorry, but genuinely it is the worst RS product I've driven. RS 5 or TTRS are better for similar money.
The reason I'm looking at the RS3 is because I've currently got an Exige S which is too impractical as an only car and I can't justify running two.

I considered both the RS5 (for the noise, if nothing else) and the TTRS but they don't offer enough practicality.

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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by doodlebug » Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:05 am

RS4 then!

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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by marc1 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:08 am

B7 RS4, B8 RS4 or C6 RS6 and keep the Exige. You'd be mad go part with the Exige. Outside Audi, I'd say C63 or E63. That said, drive the RS3 anyway and see what you think. I'm not a fan of it myself for a few reasons.

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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by BillTheButcher » Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:19 pm

B7/B8 RS4: I don't want V8 running costs at the moment. The same applies to C/E63. Also, I've owned an E55K and it was constantly triggering the traction control (or lighting up the rears) on anything but a bone-dry road.

RS6 is too big.

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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by marc1 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:16 pm

B8 S4? Current S3 platform would be good IMO too, it's supposed to be a marked improvement on the previous generation.

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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by Nickyboy » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:27 pm

Current S3 is a great motor. Golf R? Recent test showed it beat the new RS 3 round the track.
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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by S4WON » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:38 pm

Golf R is a great motor, no doubt. Styling leaves me cold though, maybe being of a certain age i always think of 205 1.9s when i think golf - always 2nd best, and certainly not whatever crazy price they go for these days

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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by S4WON » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:40 pm

Just to add, for some reason id probably go merc in that category, the a45 amg?

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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by BillTheButcher » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:44 pm

marc1 wrote:B8 S4? Current S3 platform would be good IMO too, it's supposed to be a marked improvement on the previous generation.
I hadn't thought about the B8 S4. The Avant looks like a really nice car.

The current S3 Sportback looks good too.

Thanks. :)
Nickyboy wrote:Current S3 is a great motor. Golf R? Recent test showed it beat the new RS 3 round the track.
I'm test driving a Golf R on Saturday too. I tried a DSG last year. I was expecting to love it, after reading all the rave reviews, but I wasn't impressed at all. This one's manual though so I'll have another go.

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Re: Test driving an RS3 Sportback this weekend

Post by BillTheButcher » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:47 pm

S4WON wrote:Just to add, for some reason id probably go merc in that category, the a45 amg?
I thought about one of these but I couldn't get past the looks. Inside and out, awful-looking things IMO.

Also, I was behind one for a while on the motorway and the pops and bangs from the exhaust sounded totally contrived.

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