I test drove the RS5 and S5 SB back-to-back because I was originally set on getting an RS-5 SB in Sonoma Green, but I noticed an S5 with Magma interior and was curious how big of difference there was. The answer is, not as much as you would expect and I feel the S5 handles better in normal driving. My driving circuit… Read more
Good deal - I test drove a ton of cars while waiting for my Focus RS lemon check to come in. It came down to an Audi RS3 and the BMW M3. At the time, the M3 was just too much money and they weren’t willing to budge on the price (or the fact that 20% of the price of the car was gone in a year). I wasn’t thinking used… Read more
“Well what the f—k happened to the U.S. Car Manufactures I used to know? Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts, huh? This could be one the greatest eras of the industry, but you’re gonna let it be the worst. ‘Ooh, we’re afraid to offer the TourX, or redesign the CTS Sport Wagon...we might take sales away from Trucks, …
In compact car world, “performance” starts around 280-300hp - Type R, Golf R, STI, S3, Cooper S etc and goes to 400hp - CLA\GLA AMG, RS3
Unfortunately not anymore in the world we are leaving. It moves fast enough but no this is not called “performance”. Maybe 10/15 years ago but not in 2019.
I think very similarly, and continue to root for a more powerful “Mazdaspeed 3", however the Mazda 3 actually lines up almost perfectly with the Audi A3 trim for trim. Nobody’s complaining that it’s only 184 horses, probably because the S3 is an option. It wouldn’t surprise me if that was their benchmark.