The TT-S has always looked like a fun little car to drive. I am not really big fan of loud color cars, but I actually do like the green on yours, it suits the car. Only think I would add to the car is the spoiler from the RS. The back looks a little plain without it.
Have you driven a MK7 Golf R? I’d be interested to hear a comparison. We test drove an S3 before we bought our R and were underwhelmed, so much so that we almost didn’t buy the R as a result. Thankfully we had a chance to test drive an R and we’re immediately sold on it.
It would be interesting to see how the TTS compares since it has the same drivetrain as he other two.
Drove a Golf R a few times actually, over the years, as its always kind of been on the radar (everyone here creams over it). It didn't really do much for me. I can't remember much about those test drives as it didn't really make any impression on me. I do remember thinking that I felt very adolescent in it, which is why I ended up leasing a CC instead of GTI/R back then. I also find the interior to be far and away less appealing (both aesthetically and material quality) than either the S3 and the TTS.
It was my wife's car and she prefers hatchbacks to the sedans so that made the R a no-brainer for her.
The face-lifted S3 does seem nicer inside than the original, especially with those sport seats.
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Car touched down last Friday and we've spent the weekend making excuses to drive it. Hard to remain objective in the honeymoon phase, but we are exceedingly happy with it. This is the first car I've ever bought sight-un-seen from across the country, and I had some heartburn about whether it would be in the condition that it appeared to be in pictures. I've purchased and shipped vehicles many times from out of state but have always had someone local come out and inspect them beforehand. This time I took the dealer at their word (and was quite nervous about it). Luckily the car was as described, like new. No rock chips, scratches, no anything really. Feels like we just picked up this thing off the showroom floor, but with a BIG 'ol discount .
First impressions are the obvious ones; the Germans know how to put a car together, the interior is a delightfully modern techfest, and the retina scarring green is retina scarring green. Car exudes quality from every pore and feels solid as a block of granite rolling down the road. No squeaks, rattles, or errant noises even over nasty broken pavement. It's quick, not fast, and I love the brrrruhmp exhaust backfires when the DSG grabs the next gear wide open. Trans in 'D' moves to the next highest cog like a teenager turning pages in a boring book, and in 'S' it hangs on to gears way too long when part throttle. I think the APR TCU tune will make the goldilocks difference here. The power is put down exceptionally well, and it has just the right amount of power/grip to make the car a blast on city streets without scaring the piss out of everyone (a la, Viper). Car is well damped (magneto dampers ftw) but impacts are firm courtesy of the wagon wheel/tire setup. Over our mirror smooth freeways and roads its a pleasure, but I would imagine it would be a nightmare if we lived in a pothole ridden area. 30 series sidewalls... I don't know why Audi, but ok. Lastly the interior, as aforementioned, is quite simply the best combination of technology and ergonomics I've seen in a modern vehicle, period. After learning how to navigate around the Virtual cockpit, I can't say enough good things about it. i have long said that manufacturers need to just give up on UI/UX design and just put in a screen capable of running Android Auto/Apple Car Play, this car is the first to change my mind.
JB1 isn't a software tune. It's a piggyback box that's completely downstream from the ECU and it keeps the car within all of the factory parameters. The only way to know it exists is to find the box under the hood.
EDIT: Fair enough.
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