Last edited by Travis Grundke; 09-20-2012 at 11:10 PM.
With hyundais and ford focus that has 2.0T putting out 270hp, Audi had to up their game, and they did. Although Focus ST's overboost creeps up to this car's torque figure quite close, and it will likely be half the price. Good think to see the valvelift finally make it to this car. I am sure if VAG wants to compete with Ford, they would take that engine and put it in a VW.
As for the completely new engine, not sure what the constraint is, but why is it still another iron block, especially if Audi is constantly blowing steam about weight reduction. They got the 1.8 in all alum design.
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Time will tell. I hope the Sportback is a limited option at the very least. I would gladly pay more if needed for an S3 Sportback. Based on everything we've seen so far, it's gotta be an S3 for me. The Mk7 Golf R is now out of the picture officially. (For my choice, anyway.)
It's been a long time coming but I feel the switch coming from my VW Roots and going to Audi. While I'm kinda sad, it's awesome to know that it's not too far from base camp.
I think this will force my Dad to buy an RS (Something) too afterwards. lol...
V60Polestar/RS3/S3/GolfR hmm, plot thickens...
I should be excited but as you can tell by my tone, I'm not. True to VW/Audi form, I bet they will offer it with one transmission in the US and limit it's appeal. My money is on it being DSG only and that makes it a no go proposition for me. If they dumped manuals on the TTs, getting a manual S3 sedan seems unlikely to me.
The shifts were so quick and smooth, I know for a fact even in my S4 I couldn't touch any aspect...and I can only imagine Audi made it that much better.
The other issue is going for big power in the future, it's so much easier and cheaper getting a new clutch vs redoing the whole transmission...
Waiting : 2015 Audi ?3
Current : 2010 Genesis Coupe 2.0T
Previous : 2001 Audi S4
is the new S3's stronic beefed up at all over the std one? The current S3's torque output is right at the limit of the Stronic's torque limit. Did they just go via the tuner's way? fake the limit without doing anything to increase its reliability? I hope not, unless they vastly underrated the torque limit of the original Stronic.
It looks like the MkVII GTI's engine will utilize the valvelift system, thus its tremendous boost in torque. Its torque numbers are almost as high as produced by S3's 2.0T engine.
Why is the S3's 2.0T, which also incorporates valvelift, does not have a big increase in torque over the old S3's FSI, which does not have valvelift?
The preview of the GTI in the paris auto show indicates that it will have a locking front differential. Will the A3 or S3 include such feature? I can't believe the S3 would not have such feature, especially given that the S3 is placed at a higher performance level than the GTI, and the A3 is at a higher price tier, so it would make no sense for it to have less features.