Some bar talk regarding a reinvestment. Going from S3 to RS3.
Happy owner of a Stage 2 Audi S3-8V, 15,000 miles, warranty good until January 2019. The RS3 was on my radar last year and earlier in this year. Then I started reading the reviews. They were not good. Are there any reviews of the facelift RS3-8V yet?
For someone with a higher mileage S3, perhaps it's time for a new car later this year or early next year, due to you not wanting to drive an Audi sans warranty. You will have a trade in/resale value somewhere in the $26k to $30k range (when the RS3 is arriving here). I think the RS3 is going to be $57k to $62k, so around twice the value of the used S3.
IMO Audi A3/S3 8P to 8V was a huge improvement on many levels. Completely different interior "look", very modern. Lighter, more power, more efficient. We never actually had the S3 (in the USA) until the 8V came out. But when we compare the Mark6 Golf R with the S3-8V or Mark7 Golf R... obviously, the same argument can be made... lighter, more power, etc.
Audi will typically send the RS version of a model to the USA after it's been in EU for a few years, right? How long with the 8V last? Is it wise for someone to lose a bunch of money, upgrading from S3-8V to RS3-8V? Most of the car is the same. Obviously more power/sound, more unique, etc. But the technology and the look is almost the same. If I could hand someone $10k to make the upgrade, I probably would. But to reinvest an additional $30k to get into the RS3, then get it ready for the road, it's a lot of money to switch badges. Especially when you remind yourself that you've also spent money on a tune, suspension, more (on your current S3) which makes it handle better than an RS3 would (even with aftermarket suspension) due to weight/handling dynamics.
The springs struts on the S3-8V, both standard and mag ride, are terrible. I assume they will not be any better in the RS. The front tire/wheel package on the RS3 is wider than the rear to help mask the ridiculous understeer b/c of the additional weight and the horrible suspension. Will Audi perhaps "get it right" in the next generation? Will they figure out how to move away from haldex, at least in the S/RS line? Is it conceivable that Audi could figure out a way to get proper quattro into the smaller wheelbase cars, the transverse-engine cars. "Well, no, it's always been that way." Who cares what it's always been like. I'm not into history today, I am into the future. CAN it be done? An RS3 or TTRS with proper quattro? For that, I would upgrade mid generation. That is a huge difference maker!