Tuned S3 or RS3?

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Tuned S3 or RS3?

Post by stevo55 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:01 pm

Looking to get back into the Audi fold after around 6 months away
(Quick potted history-had C6 RS6 for a year and loved it, went for the C7 RS6 which whilst awesome I had to let it go as I couldn’t justify the massive outlay every month).
Have been in a FL A45 for around 4 months now and whilst the good points (chassis, grip and B road munching capability) are great the bad points (too many to list unfortunately) are really grinding me down to the point that the car is frustrating most of the time. It’s stock apart from a ‘Peddle Box’ although I have a Tricolore Performance Stage 1 Box ready to be fitted.
Ideally a latest model RS3 saloon would be a good fit or even an S4/5. However a suggestion has been the facelifted S3 saloon and then tune it?
Question here is the difference between S3 and RS3 that great? I’ve driven neither and would go for the saloon. Online the price difference is pretty huge-around £15-18k for a low miles well specc’d one.
I paid £36k for the A45 (I really don’t think they are worth the new price of around £52k for a well specc’d one) so the £45-49k for an RS3 is quite a difference (although my C7 RS6 was around £70k).
Thoughts?


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Re: Tuned S3 or RS3?

Post by stevo55 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:43 pm

No thoughts? We’ll take that as a ‘don’t know’ then?


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2016 C7 RS6 Panther black. 21'' twin spoke wheels, Dynamic Pack, HUD, Assistance Pack, Adv key, Pano sunroof, Sports exhaust, red brake callipers, Park Pack Advanced with top view.
Previous:
2009 C6 RS6 phantom black saloon. Milltek cat back.
2012 BMW M135i 3 door. 370 bhp/420 lb ft torque (JB4), Eisenmann exhaust, AC Schnitzer springs, MP Brembo brake system,
2012 BMW M135i 5 door.
2006 BMW Z4M Roadster.
2004 Alpina Roadster.
2001 BMW 330 ci convertible.
1994 E34 M5 Saloon

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Re: Tuned S3 or RS3?

Post by asifg » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:38 am

If you're on Facebook, have a look at the S3/RS3 group as there are likely to be plenty of users with past experience.

I've only got an S3 which is remapped, but it does definitely understeer when pushed hard, and it's a bit anonymous (but I needed that). The RS3 looks better, sounds amazing and will probably drive better, but as you said, it's £15k more, which I couldn't justify

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Re: Tuned S3 or RS3?

Post by stevo55 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:40 pm

One of the few things (think it’s about 5) I like about the A45 is that you don’t see many on the road so there’s that exclusivity which is always nice. It’s a real shame as the minus points (I think there’s about 15 so far) really add up and are bugging the crap out of me now. 4Matic isn’t as good as Quattro imo but the A45 can really hustle on tight roads. Trouble is the remainder of the time it’s a difficult car to live with an I only run one car.


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2016 C7 RS6 Panther black. 21'' twin spoke wheels, Dynamic Pack, HUD, Assistance Pack, Adv key, Pano sunroof, Sports exhaust, red brake callipers, Park Pack Advanced with top view.
Previous:
2009 C6 RS6 phantom black saloon. Milltek cat back.
2012 BMW M135i 3 door. 370 bhp/420 lb ft torque (JB4), Eisenmann exhaust, AC Schnitzer springs, MP Brembo brake system,
2012 BMW M135i 5 door.
2006 BMW Z4M Roadster.
2004 Alpina Roadster.
2001 BMW 330 ci convertible.
1994 E34 M5 Saloon

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