Don't forget that VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Lamborghini and Bugatti are the same company. So there are similarities between the Audi A3 and VW Golf. My guess is that the VR6 is similar to the S3. But it is a damn nice engine!
However, I am a committed fan of Japanese cars myself.
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?