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You'd have to go RS4. But really...what you want....is a Cayman. Properly modded they are beasts.
Oh....here's my buddies Audi for more Audi porn.

Ideally I would have a Gladiator and a Porsche. But I can only have one car that does both. Hence the S4.
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I am considering trading in my Audi S3 for either a Jeep Gladiator or an Audi S4. I've always had sporty/sports cars and love smaller, tight sporty cars. But recently, the Gladiator has caught my eye. I don't really like pickups, or big cars., but the Gladiator speaks to me.

Has anyone made a similar switch? Any regrets?

Yes, I have test driven a Gladiator Rubicon.
I have an M2 comp and just got a Gladiator. The M2 is a blast to drive and it's great. However I find myself driving the Gladiator way more. The whole Jeep culture and endless personalization possibilities just make it a different experience. The Gladiator is amazing!
 

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Ideally I would have a Gladiator and a Porsche. But I can only have one car that does both. Hence the S4.
That is precisely my point. Either sit tight and save for a great deal on an RS3 (if Audi is a must) or pounce on a C4S so you're covered from an AWD/all-season standpoint. An S3 isn't both, far from it. Fully experience something like the above at the track, maybe just a few beginner group coached runs with a legit organization. It will either terrify you into never coming back or you'll get the bug. Don't rob yourself of that by jumping ship early. There is something going on because you're in a refined car from a driving dynamics standpoint and there are cheaper ways to be somewhat quick. Unless you just happened to stumble upon the S3, you're in it for a reason.

Or, get the gladiator then pick up a miata or cayman for driving days. If you go with JUST a gladiator, you'll resent it after 3 or 4 months when the uniqueness wears off and it wont be the gladiators fault and then bounce back to a track-day/street car.
 

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This. Most people laugh, but a Miata is a very capable track car and will give you the thrill without killing you or breaking the bank. This...all day.


That is precisely my point. Either sit tight and save for a great deal on an RS3 (if Audi is a must) or pounce on a C4S so you're covered from an AWD/all-season standpoint. An S3 isn't both, far from it. Fully experience something like the above at the track, maybe just a few beginner group coached runs with a legit organization. It will either terrify you into never coming back or you'll get the bug. Don't rob yourself of that by jumping ship early. There is something going on because you're in a refined car from a driving dynamics standpoint and there are cheaper ways to be somewhat quick. Unless you just happened to stumble upon the S3, you're in it for a reason.

Or, get the gladiator then pick up a miata or cayman for driving days. If you go with JUST a gladiator, you'll resent it after 3 or 4 months when the uniqueness wears off and it wont be the gladiators fault and then bounce back to a track-day/street car.
 

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Ideally I would have a Gladiator and a Porsche. But I can only have one car that does both. Hence the S4.
My two cents: if you want one car that does both, I think you should be looking at a sporty SUV (Cayenne, Audi SQ5, Audi Q7, BMW X-something), not an S4. The S4 is so low to the ground it does not really do anything that the Gladiator can do.
 

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My sister just downsized to a Cayenne S, and I am amazed at how roomy and comfortable that truck is. I call it a truck because it can tow and the interior space is far larger than it should be.

She's a lead foot and the Cayenne matches her wishes perfectly, super neat car.

My two cents: if you want one car that does both, I think you should be looking at a sporty SUV (Cayenne, Audi SQ5, Audi Q7, BMW X-something), not an S4. The S4 is so low to the ground it does not really do anything that the Gladiator can do.
 

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