In my weak defence I had a new A3 Sportback 2.0T S-line in 2007 which at the time was the top Sportback and haven't been in the market for an A3/S3 since, going down the classic company car 320D ED route as its replacement. Maybe early next year I will be :)
I really don't recall ever seeing an S3 Sportback on the roads though they have been available for five years as I now understand it.
Personally I would knock 25% off as a rough guide but its an S3 with quattro and almost 300 horses. It's bound to be thirsty work!
The step forward may be when compared to the previous S3, i think it had an official quoted figure of 33mpg. So even with adjustment to the real world - the new S3 could be 7mpg better. Perhaps previous model S3 owners can give their view on what their average mpg is?
Loads of threads around for Older S3's MPG, for mine I average 28-32 depending on the journey and mood, I have had short journy's hitting 35mpg, I am revo Stage 1) I certainly think 40 mpg for the new S3 is easy acheivable if you drive it sensible with flow of traffic
Black with red/ black seats - think they were called parade!?!
Different wheels (Matt finished gunmetal-ish)
Tech pack +
Plus a load of other **** the dealer spec'd!
They didn't spec the black windw surrounds and grill but if I ddnt take this car it would be Feb '14 before I got one!
Cool LED headlight video... the main focus is on the S3.
2013 Audi LED Lighting Technology - YouTube
Nice video Paul,
Heres another link but this was when the A3 saloon was still just in concept so not sure if the lights ended up like the video. I am pretty sure the mirrors changed..
Audi A3 Notchback Sedan Concept Lighting Sequence - YouTube
Any sept 1st S3 collections and picks then Guys ?
Or anyone picking up an S3 this week ?
We NEED pics !! :)
I might be a premature here with my thinking, but I absolutely love the style of the grille and the alumnium front bumbers on the RS5, I think they're stunning!
Is anybody aware of any aftermarket solutions that will allow me to get a similar look with the new S3? I.E. The honeycomb grill and the front bumpers?
does anyone know if you get the LED cup holders if you opt for the non-smoking back in the S3 sportback? confused.
Very nice thread to read, not many forums on the new S3!
I'm in major confusion between this beaut S3 and a M135i! so when people take delivery i am keen to here your reviews :D
What do you guys think between the two. in a honest opinion! :)
Can't speak for the m135i but I've had my s3 for nearly 3 weeks and I love it! Not a bad word to say about it.
I haven't yet taken delivery of my S3, that's due to happen in December, but I have test driven both the S3 and the M135i and both are unbelievable cars, but they go about being unbelievable in different ways so it completely depends what you want from your car.
The S3 got my vote for a few reasons:
A few points for the BMW:
- I preferred the style of the cabin, I loved the minimalist design and the fold out screen (very James Bond)
- I thought that the quality of the materials, as well as the fit and finish were orders of magnitude better in the Audi, especially when compared to the A class (don't even get me started on that car)
- I preferred the styling of the S3. I'm not one of the ones who thinks the BMW looks ugly, far from it, but I just loved the understated nature of the S3, but the little teasers (quad exhaust mainly) let people know you're driving a miniature rocket ship
- The quattro system, given the more common extreme weather we're experiencing at winter time, was a welcome feature. As I'm sure you're aware BMW's handle like Dog s**t in the snow
- I already have a BMW and wanted a change
- I managed to get a really good deal on my S3 through drivethedeal
- I wanted something that was better suited to long distance cruising
- The ride was very comfortable and the cabin very quiet
- The B&O sound system is literally the best I've ever heard and I've sat in my fair share of expensive cars with top end sound systems
- Residual value
- Loved the S-Tronic gearbox
- The sound
Of course I only got to drive these cars for 20 minutes each but those were my overall impressions.
- The sound ;)
- Whilst I thought the handling and steering on the S3 were brilliant and almost effortless the BMW definitely felt more rewarding at higher speeds. So if you're looking at track days or if you like to drive fast more often than not then I'd perhaps consider the bmw
- The S3 doesn't feel as raw as the BMW, which sometimes left me feeling a bit disconnected (but only a bit)
- A bit cheaper
- Quite liked the ability to spec wood as an inlay, made the car feel quite premium
- I believe it comes better equipped as standard but I'm not sure
If you want a more well rounded car that's capable of chauffeuring you in comfort most of the time but can blow you mind at the touch of a pedal then go for the S3, if however you're looking for a car that's arguably more at home on a track then pick the BMW. Just remember though the BMW only works 3 seasons of the year.
I don't believe there is a wrong choice, unless of course you choose the BMW.
Anyone ordered or considering ordering their S3 with body colour mirror caps instead of the aluminium? This is a no cost option. I'm probably going with a dark colour sportback with chrome trim and roof rails so thinking aluminium caps might make it too bling, especially given the window trim is chrome too.
I have a question guys.
If you order the full MMI Touch system on the S3, does it come with Bluetooth integration by default? or do you still need to order the Bluetooth connectivity option?
I ordered my car a month ago and the bloke said it was part of the MMI touch system as he couldn't tick the box for the bluetooth option? But i have a huge doubt now and i'd like you guys to confirm?
On the A3 (I assume would be the same for the S3) Bluetooth is standard regardless of which MMI system you have
Ok that's reassuring, thank god for that... my heart started sinking thinking i messed up my order :faint:.
Thanks a lot Paul !
Thanks also Cemerson !
Phantom Black is the current favourite. I'll wait to see some pictures before making my mind up.
I've attached a pic of panther, god knows how it will look as I've done it from the iPhone app.
MY57 S3 was Phantom Black, my only reservations about this colour was that in direct sun light the black did not appear to be as black as i expected it to be like a Brilliant black, once cleaned/polished and waxed the black looked hazy and lighter to my dismay. If i had to decide between Phantom and Panther i would chose Panther as under direct sunlight it appears darker with subtle tinge of purple.
have had last 2 cars in black, current solid and previous metallic Hondas and loved both.
thanks for photo, looks great finish !
Audi S3 Sportback S-tronic (2013) CAR review | Road Testing Reviews | Car Magazine Online
“Set the driving position to dance on the stainless steel pedals, hit the engine start button on the console and mash the right pedal – and the S3 bursts into life. From the bassy idle, the 2.0-litre four-pot has a purposeful yet unobtrusive tone. It sounds potent yet doesn’t overshadow the drive when you’re trundling through town on the slightly firm but not crashy suspension, but give it full beans and the backtrack steps into the spotlight with an almost metallic, touring car-esque tone. Your fingertips will feel the grooves in the shift paddles as you pull back for another gear, the puffs of air a joy to hear as the Sportback pushes on forward. Corners? Tight body control, great seats and brilliant road holding back up excellent traction for a quick exit, with power poured on early.”
In my youth we could legally rally on public roads. It got clamped down upon in the mid eighties effectively reduced to navigational events but before that drivers used to pound around in lightweight 200bhp machines in national events at night on open roads at speeds that would simply get you locked up today. Even in the more modest cars I drove the pure engagement of driving truly flat out in an organised event with spectators at strategic locations (like humped back bridges!) is unequalled with any modern driving experience except on a track.
Maybe I am getting old but the opportunity to really explore the limits in modern performance cars seems few and far between, the grins come from the acceleration, soundtrack and grip levels well within the cars limits and then the factors of cabin quality, styling, practicality and comfort can become the deciding factor. The ability to be well behaved and a little bit naughty when wanted define cars like the S3 for me.
Spotted this morning on the A14 in Ipswich 2 x 8V S3's in convoy probably heading to the dealership by the slip road they took. A '13 plate SB in Estoril with Full LED headlights - those indicators look superb!! and a Red 3 dr closely behind it with a '63 plate.
Both gorgeous looking cars!!
build date not confirmed yet for my S3 SB, Order placed on 15 Aug and is apparently on the waiting list! any ideas on lead times fellow consumers? this year? Christmas delivery surely? 15 December would make that 4 months so?
I ordered mine on the same day as you and I was chatting to a guy on YouTube who ordered his s3 at the end of July and he's received a build week scheduled for 25th November. Logic dictates we should expect first/second week in December!