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  1. dbm

    How to?

    I haven’t tried it myself but I think you just put the car in Race mode, press hard on the brake with your left foot then hard on the accelerator with your right. Release the brake and away. You might need to turn off traction control as well. The dash will say ‘Race Start’ if the system has...
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    WOW!!!!!

    As a comparison, the site Fastest Laps shows less than a 1.6 second per lap difference in lap times where both cars have been timed.
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    WOW!!!!!

    I was an Audi driver for over 20 years, and had both the original 8P and the pre-facelift 8V variants of the RS3. While they were amazing cars in terms of power and comfort they were not the first word in dynamic capability. When I was looking for a new car three years back it was sort-of...
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    Weekend pleasure car to complement your AMG?

    I had a 200SX Touring back in the 90s and loved it. 200BHP, RWD, no ESP but a LSD - what a car! Still the most fun of any I have owned I think.
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    Seems I sold my car to an idiot!!

    When I sold my last RS3 to a dealership (a Wednesday) they said they would send it to auction as its mileage was too high for their forecourt. The next Monday I received a NIP - car seen doing 100 mph on the M1! So my best guess is the new owner lost his / her license within 24 hrs of buying it...
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    So, AMG owners, how’s your Fuel Consumption?

    Just done a tank-to-tank calculation for my car - drove from Cambridge to Lancashire on Sunday at fairly flowing UK motorway speeds and got 40.24mpg. The CLA45S is simultaneously the fastest and most fuel efficient car I have owned 😄
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    E63S low 'trade' value?

    In case people aren’t aware, Carwow now have a car selling offering, too, adding to the list of options. I think there are other similar offerings. You post your vehicle details on their site and then dealers can make you an offer to buy your car. On paper this sounds a little better than...
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    Lets see your AMGs

    This is how it should be :thumb: Previously my RS3 was regularly used to collect Christmas trees and the like…
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    Lets see your AMGs

    As a person who has mostly been in the Audi world up until now, I have to say AMG cars are much more subtle than RS models - which personally I think is a good thing 👍
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    Lets see your AMGs

    These were taken a year ago, just after I got the car. It’s still amazing every time I drive it, which hasn’t been so often with Covid meaning less out-and-about.
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    My new W212 E63 - ex Mercedes press car

    Lovely car! Some people are nervous about buying ex-press cars, but I had two ex-Audi fleet cars with zero problems. The RS3 in this picture came to me, and I ran it for four years without it missing a beat.
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    Stone chip protection

    I have had PPF on three different cars, spanning over 12 years. The technology has changed quite a lot over that time! PPF is a preventative thing, obviously. If you invest in it then hopefully you won’t get to the point where stone chips are annoying. Piece of mind and continued enjoyment is...
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    A45S over M340i?

    The A45S and CLA45S are indeed pretty much the same apart from the body shape. Side by side reviews of the cars point out tiny differences down to track, wheel size and boot versus hatch shells. There are definitely few A45S on the roads, and even fewer CLA45S - they’re both super rare cars...
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    A45S over M340i?

    My previous car was a 16-plate RS3 Sportback, and I now have a CLA45S. The CLA thrashes the RS3 in every respect apart from the engine note. Faster, more agile, more comfortable on UK roads, more special interior and more fuel efficient!
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    So, AMG owners, how’s your Fuel Consumption?

    I did 300 miles each way to Cornwall on holiday (boot full of touring gear) and averaged 39mpg on that journey. More mixed driving comes in low-30s.
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    Which Model of AMG do you own?

    Last weekend I was driving home from visiting my folks and had a marked car behind me all the way. Needless to say all points of the Highway Code were observed... 🤣
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    AMG popularity: a good or bad thing?

    On that front, I think it’s just symptomatic of us living in more prosperous times. And there is more finance as I think has already been mentioned. On top of that, a lot of younger folks have little prospect of buying a house so spend their hard-earned on cars instead! TTS was a lovely car...
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    AMG popularity: a good or bad thing?

    Hi all, new to AMG but I’ve seen this in Audi, too. I think it’s a natural reaction from the manufacturers to demand for cars that look sporty without the additional running costs (especially insurance costs...) of genuinely fast cars. It did niggle me in the past, when people would...
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    Which Model of AMG do you own?

    A first-time AMG owner here, been an Audi driver for 21 years but I feel that they’ve lost their mojo at the moment. So decided to go for this instead...
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