In actual fact the difference is even less than i thought.
Tsukuba Lap Time/Bedford West Circuit Lap Time/Serres Circuit Lap Time/Hockenheim/Nordshleife /Nurburgring
S3 MK2 Drive Magazine Greece........69.29/91.57/97.10/77.50/514.41
A3 3.2 quattro (8P) Best Motoring.......... 70.40/93.04/98.86/78.90/518.53
Yea ..Guildford back to SW London is all up hill as well ..must have been one of those odd days the A3 was working !
This was my Source for the above times.
Lap Times - Nurburgring, Bedford, Hockenheim, Serres Lap Times - Predicted Lap Times
You were banging on about how fast the Toyota was, if it was all about speed I'd be driving a Norris tuned Evo! Its not all about speed though is it?
The 2.0T's engine weight is 335LB, while the VR6's weight is indicated somewhere as 374LB. The RS3's 2.5T is 403LB. VR6's weight is more than offset by the rear battery placement and all the addition AWD components by the rear wheel.
Anyway, if Audi wants to bring the weight of the VR6 down, they could just make the block out of aluminum instead of steel. But I assume given this is a VW engine, nobody was going to put the effort to do that. All of Audi only engines has aluminum block.
LOL, yeah, Its not like the VR6 has a V shaped block with 2 heads. It is all in one unit. Plus, all the transverse engines seem to be made of cast iron block, with Audi making a big hoopla about the TTRS & RS3's 2.5T block made of vermicular graphite cast iron. But you look at practically every Audi exclusive engine in its line, they all have aluminum blocks. Ranging from to 14 stones (374 LB) for their 3.2 v6 to 30 stones (417 LB) for the 3.0T that is powering much of their cars to 31 stones (437 LB) for their 4.2 v8.I thought you were joking but as far as i can see you are right.........oooh that will upset the TTRS boys who claim the 3.2 is just too heavy to stick out the front like that......