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:thumbup::thumbup: I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit more enamored with the RS3 than the GT3T right now, and it kind of bugs me :laugh:
Since you have such an high turnover, maybe your next toy will be a RS5 SB. I was in one (in red) yesterday.... jaw dropping.

Difference between RS3 and RS5 is not just "2" :rolleyes: :p, but all in sex appeal. 0-60mph in 3.9s, no real urge to mod -well IMO....



 

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Since you have such an high turnover, maybe your next toy will be a RS5 SB. I was in one (in red) yesterday.... jaw dropping.

Difference between RS3 and RS5 is not just "2" :rolleyes: :p, but all in sex appeal. 0-60mph in 3.9s, no real urge to mod -well IMO....



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Man I love this car, what an absolute beast!

You have such a great quiver in your garage, excellent taste.
Thank you very much. They are all different, but such a huge amount of fun. So grateful to be able to play with these toys.

If he keeps this thing for three years he will die with it, lol.

Hahaha, this is true. I absolutely love this little car.


Since you have such an high turnover, maybe your next toy will be a RS5 SB. I was in one (in red) yesterday.... jaw dropping.

Difference between RS3 and RS5 is not just "2" :rolleyes: :p, but all in sex appeal. 0-60mph in 3.9s, no real urge to mod -well IMO....

You know, I'm not a big R/S5 fan this time around. I feel the looks are overwrought and overstayed this time around. I'm also not too sure about the new 2.9L, but we will see.


Made another pass today. Only change was half a tank of fuel instead of a full tank. Conditions were a bit better as well, 50 deg. Surprisingly the car didn't hook up quite as well despite the warmer temps, but only minimally so. Still another 3.0 0-60 (again, this is without 1 ft roll out). So close to 130 mph traps, so I'm doing a slight amount of rounding ;)

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Made another pass today. Only change was half a tank of fuel instead of a full tank. Conditions were a bit better as well, 50 deg. Surprisingly the car didn't hook up quite as well despite the warmer temps, but only minimally so. Still another 3.0 0-60 (again, this is without 1 ft roll out). So close to 130 mph traps, so I'm doing a slight amount of rounding ;)
Is the GT3 for sale yet?
 

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Well we are coming up on a year with this car. I just took it in for its first service. Had the wheels rotated while they were at it. The only thing I've had an issue with was the passenger rear door handle didn't work from the day I got it. The cable had slipped off the internal portion of the door. They had it fixed in 10 minutes. Otherwise, 100% trouble free. Even with the mods. No check engine lights, no weirdness, no nothing.

This car, in street guise, continues to be one of my absolute favorite vehicles I have ever owned. I absolutely love it. The looks bring back the B5 warm and fuzzies for me every time I look at it. The color gets more complex with the blues in the paint more noticeable to me now. The engine: oh the engine! The noises are just sensational. The experience sensational. The power sensational. It's playful and lithe. The turbo is loud when I want it to be and silent when it needs to be as well. Same with the exhaust: pissed off pops and bangs with the best rally car impersonation you'll find in the 21st century. Flip a few switches and it is one of the best highway cars I've been in. Quiet and serene. The stereo, though I touched on it before, is unbelievable. It blows every other stereo in any car I've ever had out of the water, including the $6k Burmester system in my old 991.2TT-S. It is so. damn. good.

APR released the remaining portion of the 4" intake for the RS3 today. This replaces the factory airbox with basically a huge cone filter and a few bits of carbon. I'm off this week, so I ran up to Auburn and bought it. Threw it on the car today. Just a pinch louder in normal use, and really sings when at WOT. As usual with this car, it's perfect :)


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To sum it up: This is one of the vehicles I will remember back on fondly for the rest of my life. I'm almost a year in and I have absolutely zero interest or thought in selling it, which is saying something for me :laugh: It is so, so, so entertaining in so many ways. I freakin LOVE it in this modified form :thumbup:
 

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OP, your car is a dual-mode beast: 10 sec, yet quiet cruising. That's amazing.

Now on to the latest mod: why do you want to pull in hot engine bay air? OEMs do a lot of work to combat this, and now that work is replaced with an air filter that breathes air preheated by a really full engine bay.
 

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Now on to the latest mod: why do you want to pull in hot engine bay air? OEMs do a lot of work to combat this, and now that work is replaced with an air filter that breathes air preheated by a really full engine bay.
Probably because at that size, the increase in mass flow outweighs the increase in air temp. Having the intake down behind the fog light with a heat shield would be better but there's no room in that engine bay to route it that way.
 

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Thanks for the updates Toaster! :thumbup:

It does say something to hear your praise for this car given your ownership history.

Looking forward to a RS3 as my next fun winter car. STep one for me is a Giulia QV in ~18 months as my next fun summer car.

Any concerns running e85 tuned RS3 as my winter car in Wisconsin?
 

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To sum it up: This is one of the vehicles I will remember back on fondly for the rest of my life. I'm almost a year in and I have absolutely zero interest or thought in selling it, which is saying something for me :laugh: It is so, so, so entertaining in so many ways. I freakin LOVE it in this modified form :thumbup:
What great timing for a super positive update. My 2019 RS3 got dropped at the Houston port yesterday and should hopefully be in my hands within 10 days. Already got an APR FMIC and midpipes waiting, along with Neuspeed springs and 18x9 wheels with 265s all around. I have never been more excited about a car. Thanks for keeping this thread alive! :beer:
 

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OP, your car is a dual-mode beast: 10 sec, yet quiet cruising. That's amazing.

Now on to the latest mod: why do you want to pull in hot engine bay air? OEMs do a lot of work to combat this, and now that work is replaced with an air filter that breathes air preheated by a really full engine bay.
The factory airbox starts to become a significant restriction at around 600 crank hp. This mod is worth 8-10 whp as is. If I go bigger turbo, it's 30-40 whp over the factory airbox. You can mod the factory box, but that basically just cuts a big hole in it, so you get a similar effect as it is just sucking in air from right above the transmission. APR has also done testing that shows at speed that there is no significant change in intake air temps. The whole front of the grill in front of the airbox is where the airflow comes for the factory setup. It is still blowing on the cone when there's vehicle movement.

Probably because at that size, the increase in mass flow outweighs the increase in air temp. Having the intake down behind the fog light with a heat shield would be better but there's no room in that engine bay to route it that way.
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Thanks for the updates Toaster! :thumbup:

It does say something to hear your praise for this car given your ownership history.

Looking forward to a RS3 as my next fun winter car. STep one for me is a Giulia QV in ~18 months as my next fun summer car.

Any concerns running e85 tuned RS3 as my winter car in Wisconsin?
Thank you. Honestly, I'm not sure how the car will do with E85 and great white north winters. There are plenty of people with these cars in very cold places and I've not ever seen anybody specifically say anything about E85 behavior in those climes, so I'm sure it's fine.
 

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What great timing for a super positive update. My 2019 RS3 got dropped at the Houston port yesterday and should hopefully be in my hands within 10 days. Already got an APR FMIC and midpipes waiting, along with Neuspeed springs and 18x9 wheels with 265s all around. I have never been more excited about a car. Thanks for keeping this thread alive! :beer:
Congrats! You are definitely doing it right. I think midpipes should be the first mod for these cars, period. It improves the sound tremendously and makes them much more entertaining with zero effect on warranty or emissions or anything. Wheels and tires would be number two on my list. Really, really improves the look and the feel of the car. Hopefully you got some Pilot sport 4S to go on those wheels. FMIC is just icing on the cake. Super easy install. Will make the car decently faster even with the factory tune :thumbup:
 

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Congrats! You are definitely doing it right. I think midpipes should be the first mod for these cars, period. It improves the sound tremendously and makes them much more entertaining with zero effect on warranty or emissions or anything. Wheels and tires would be number two on my list. Really, really improves the look and the feel of the car. Hopefully you got some Pilot sport 4S to go on those wheels. FMIC is just icing on the cake. Super easy install. Will make the car decently faster even with the factory tune :thumbup:
Thanks man. This thread legitimately assisted me in committing to one, second only to a ride with a local dude in an APR-tuned car on 91 octane in early April. Ordered mine the very next day. I live five blocks from an E85 station so I'm going that route whenever APR gets their 2019 stuff available. Audi also added some different port into the 2019 intake tube, so I've gotta wait on something prior to doing the inlet and cone filter they just released.

I've been trying to turn my HCI C6Z + Passat daily driver combo into one car for almost nine months and am finally positive that I'm as close as I can possibly get in the sub $70k market. :beer: :cool:
 

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Thanks man. This thread legitimately assisted me in committing to one, second only to a ride with a local dude in an APR-tuned car on 91 octane in early April. Ordered mine the very next day. I live five blocks from an E85 station so I'm going that route whenever APR gets their 2019 stuff available. Audi also added some different port into the 2019 intake tube, so I've gotta wait on something prior to doing the inlet and cone filter they just released.

I've been trying to turn my HCI C6Z + Passat daily driver combo into one car for almost nine months and am finally positive that I'm as close as I can possibly get in the sub $70k market. :beer: :cool:
Haha, great. Glad I could help. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I was at APR yesterday and they already have a 19 taken apart. Audi did a lot of bizarre things. That new intake tube and banjo bolt are blocked off in places internally. It’s like they were working on something that didn’t pan out and they just gave up and left the pieces there just because.
 

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Congrats! You are definitely doing it right. I think midpipes should be the first mod for these cars, period. It improves the sound tremendously and makes them much more entertaining with zero effect on warranty or emissions or anything. Wheels and tires would be number two on my list. Really, really improves the look and the feel of the car. Hopefully you got some Pilot sport 4S to go on those wheels. FMIC is just icing on the cake. Super easy install. Will make the car decently faster even with the factory tune :thumbup:
I’m not sure if this is hyperbole, but of course you are affecting emissions, you’re removing two cats off the car. It doesn’t change any sensor readiness and you may even pass sniffer tests with them off, but you are most certainly increasing emissions.
 

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I disagree. ROW cars don’t get them and they have tougher emissions standards than most, if not all, of the US. The main cat has to do the job of scrubbing the exhaust to the acceptable limits. That’s what the secondary 02 is there to monitor. If the secondary cats were required to hit emissions standards, those would be required to be monitored as well, and they aren’t. I think it was the easiest way to hit lower exhaust noise targets for the US market.
 

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I disagree. ROW cars don’t get them and they have tougher emissions standards than most, if not all, of the US. The main cat has to do the job of scrubbing the exhaust to the acceptable limits. That’s what the secondary 02 is there to monitor. If the secondary cats were required to hit emissions standards, those would be required to be monitored as well, and they aren’t. I think it was the easiest way to hit lower exhaust noise targets for the US market.
ROW doesn't all have them deleted. Depends on market, UK has them for example. You could certainly be correct but the car isn't exactly quiet with them on, and there are far cheaper ways to suppress noise than a pair of 300 cell cats.
 
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