Hey Clive - would appreciate any feedback you can give - how different are they to the TT? I'd like to change but I'd have to import one from the UK to Ireland and I'm not sure if (a) it's worth the effort/hassle of importingclived said:Mine is now gone but nearly 2 1/2 years experience.... so ask away
Thanks Clive - I think remap & maybe an exhaust in the style of an RS6 twin would be as much as I'd mod. Initially I'd probably just fit new dampers (if still on standard ones) and a touch of lowering. Would probalby also upgrade the brakes as I had read that they weren't great - not sure what would be required though - new uprated pads and/or disks or would calipers be required too (read a lot of people put on RS6 calipers).clived said:2.7, twin turbo, 450 very real BHP and almost 500 ftlb of torque with a remap and sports cats - performance is nothing like a TT
Running costs however, also nothing like a TT - although I guess this depends on how much modding you plan doing! I had new brakes, suspension, ARBs, exhaust, cats, remap, big stereo install etc. etc., very regular maintainance, a complete gearbox rebuild + flywheel + clutch and spend way over Â£20k in 2 1/4 years - but I was doing 20k a year, and did maintain it regardless of cost. Fewer miles, less of a desire for mods and finding one where the gearbox doesn't need any work (mine was sychros on 1st and 2nd, and 3rd and 4th were starting to wear so did those too) and I'm sure you could run one for much much less. Don't forget insurance, tyres and fuel on top of that though.
Bottom line though - was it worth it? Abso-bloody-lutely A real hoot to drive, amazing overtaking capability. Obviously not the best handling car in the world, but reasonably well sorted with H&R PCS coilovers and H&R ARBs in my case - fun getting the back end out (on the track, obviously!).
Thanks Clive - appreciate the feedback. Sounds like servicing might be cheaper than an E46 M3 which is another car I was considering. That's definitely a plus....clived said:The RS6 brake upgrade is a good one as pads and discs are readily available. I don't have the invoices any more to check, but IIRC cambelt is a little more involved than on the TT, but not outrageous, oil change would be about the same, full service obviously needs a 50% more spark plugs than a 4 cyl TT. Pads and discs are Audi OEM prices if you go RS6 upgrade, but still expensive. If you upgrade the engine at all (i.e. a remap) I'd personally go for a lower service interval - certainly not AVS - maybe every 10k miles if you're not tracking it.