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s3 details, rs2 mods

autocar leads their recent edition with information about the new s3, including
photos taken during high-speed testing (at the nurburgring).  looks quite nice,
with an rs2-like rear bumper and a mini-rs2 front.  17" wheels, inside wider
wheel arches, with a lower ride height, provide a reasonably aggressive look. 
revised spring/dampers and roll bars are also specified.

the article suggests that the awd system will be based on a modified vw synchro
system, but it's clear that they don't really know any details.  the suggestion
is also the 1.8t will be used @210hp (as in the tt).  the awd system will also
be used on the tt (due in september), so clearly we're talking about an
audi-engineered system for it's tranverse engined cars, rather than a 1-off for
the s3.

the article says that the s3 promises to be "delta integrale" quick, and the
fastest car in its class.

whenever i start thinking about awd, tranverse turbo engines, and hatchback
size, i can't help but think about group 'a' or world rally cars...

also for those interested in rs2-type modifications, check out:
"www.geocities.com/motorcity/4846/rs2.html" for details of an interestingly
modified rs2 (called the rs2r).  k28 turbo, audi gp 'b' intercooler and 380mm
alcon 4-pot brakes.  very interesting inlet manifold with the intake at the
front of the engine bay to decrease i/c plumbing by 2.5 *metres* (apparently). 
special prize for spotting where the airbox is located!

'95 rs2
'90 ur-q