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Old 03-19-2014, 12:04 AM   #1
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So I was invited to an Audi event where I got tech demos, B&O demo and eventually got to drive a 2.0 Q.
(I'll start by saying that I've ordered one due to arrive in May.)

- The B&O is worth EVERY penny!
- I am amazed at the options available even at the base premium level
- The MMI is really cool (has a new video card (nvidia) and finally an upgradable MMI via a hardware swap of a single small daughter card.

Ok, finally driving:

- The expected Turbo lag (but I am super sensitive to it)
- The DSG was cool, very precise and appropriate shifting, in manual mode you did have total control and shifting was quick
- Cockpit feels very small given that the car seems as big as an A4
- Handling with the 17 inch wheels felt mildly sloppy in the hard turns, but super capable on the average turns and in acceleration it rockets out of turn.
- Launch control was pretty decent, I even got some chirps from the tires given it was a quattro
- At around 2300 rpm the thing TAKES OFF! It was shocking. (I had the previous A3 2.0)
- I really, really, really, really, really… really wanted this in a manual 6-speed. It would be the perfect A3 with it.

They told us that the TDI and S3 come out at the end of the year and the PHV will come out in 2015
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:45 AM   #3
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two more (I never said they were GOOD pics)
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Thanks for the report. One of my biggest curiousities is how fast does it manually shift with the gear shift lever and paddles. Any delay or is it pretty much instant?
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A shift takes an average of 8 milliseconds.
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:12 PM   #8
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Yes, super quick… like a racing shifter.
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Oddly, there was one with Michigan plates parked in front of my parent's house in Santa Clarita, CA today. Neighbor must work for VW/Audi in Thousand Oaks is my guess.
I have to say the new A3 looks even better in person than in pics. Not sure which particular model this was though. It had a 19" multi-spoke rim that isn't seen on their U.S. website. it looks like the thin, multi-spoke rim on the electric A3, but larger. Wish I had time to take a pic, but was running late to dinner.
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- The expected Turbo lag (but I am super sensitive to it)
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Question about your note: Our A4 has "electronic throttle lag" meaning the throttle doesn't move at what your foot does - and I really dislike this and Audi says there is no fix other than put it in sport mode where it is less pronounced.

Do you know if that issue has been resolved on the A3? I am considering a new car - perhaps the 2 series or Golf R. I would be getting rid of the old 2002 A4, and may consider a look at the A3 again.
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Question about your note: Our A4 has "electronic throttle lag" meaning the throttle doesn't move at what your foot does - and I really dislike this and Audi says there is no fix other than put it in sport mode where it is less pronounced.

Do you know if that issue has been resolved on the A3? I am considering a new car - perhaps the 2 series or Golf R. I would be getting rid of the old 2002 A4, and may consider a look at the A3 again.
I don't mean throttle lag… i didn't experience that, response was pretty good.

It's the low horsepower the car has until the exhaust pressure can spin-up the turbo. The specs say 1800 rpms, but it FELT more like 2200.

(and I'm almost sure the Throttle-by-wire software is the same in the VW versions of the 2.0)
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Dual exhausts on an A3? I thought only the S3 came with duals?
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Dual exhausts on an A3? I thought only the S3 came with duals?
1.8T two exhaust outlets on the left side

2.0T one outlet left, one outlet right

2.0T S3 two outlets left, two outlets right
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Isn't that dual out of each side just added weight and cost? Kind of a dumb situation for a 4 cyl car....
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I am at my dealer waiting for my 2011 A4 maintenance, and I scheduled an appointment to test drive a 2015 A3. I test drove a Premium model with MMI Navigation Plus, 2.0T with Quattro.

I found the interior leg room not much different than my A4. [*]The car is very peppy. Gas pedal depression results in rapid acceleration off the line. Engine revs very quickly.[*]Not sure if it is a positive comment but I felt like I was driving a FWD vehicle. I sensed torque in the front pulling me. Very controlled experience, like driving a go-cart. [*]If I bought this car I would definitely get the sport package which includes paddle shifters.[/LIST]
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I am at my dealer waiting for my 2011 A4 maintenance, and I scheduled an appointment to test drive a 2015 A3. I test drove a Premium model with MMI Navigation Plus, 2.0T with Quattro.

I found the interior leg room not much different than my A4. [*]The car is very peppy. Gas pedal depression results in rapid acceleration off the line. Engine revs very quickly.[*]Not sure if it is a positive comment but I felt like I was driving a FWD vehicle. I sensed torque in the front pulling me. Very controlled experience, like driving a go-cart. [*]If I bought this car I would definitely get the sport package which includes paddle shifters.[/LIST]
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Thanks for the quick run-down. It's strange seeing all these base 2.0T cars. The small rims are the least attractive offering, yet that seems to be what Audi keeps dishing out to test fleets and dealers.
Single, seperate, dual exhaust outlets are a nice return to how Audi once was.
Still unsure if the sport package includes a lowered suspension. US website doesn't list it.
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S-line sport suspension not available until June.
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that's because the A3 use's a haldex system which is basically 100% front wheel drive car to the wheel slips then activate's the awd system. It's a reactive system instead of a proactive system compared to your A4. still a great driving car though .
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I am at my dealer waiting for my 2011 A4 maintenance, and I scheduled an appointment to test drive a 2015 A3. I test drove a Premium model with MMI Navigation Plus, 2.0T with Quattro.

I found the interior leg room not much different than my A4. [*]The car is very peppy. Gas pedal depression results in rapid acceleration off the line. Engine revs very quickly.[*]Not sure if it is a positive comment but I felt like I was driving a FWD vehicle. I sensed torque in the front pulling me. Very controlled experience, like driving a go-cart. [*]If I bought this car I would definitely get the sport package which includes paddle shifters.[/LIST]
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that's because the A3 use's a haldex system which is basically 100% front wheel drive car to the wheel slips then activate's the awd system. It's a reactive system instead of a proactive system compared to your A4. still a great driving car though .
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