Colour is utterly personal, estoril and panther both great colours, but I'm sticking with estoril, unique to s models and not had a blue Car in 26 years of car ownership........!
Does anybody know how similar the s tronic gear box in the s3 is to the one in the r8? Are they the same/share similar parts?
Thanks very much, I should have checked for posts about magnetic ride, will have a good look tonight.
Needless to say I am very excited about ordering an S3, hit the big 40 in June so why not, my wife isn't keen but she's fine with her Smax! Thanks for the assistance, this is obviously the place to be for the best spec advice.
Yep, I need a 2nd car that can carry bikes and skis. The s3 is my utilitarian mule and should get me to cairngorm or the shee on demand......
not sure how the lunar silver will cope with sweat and road salt, but who cares..... 300hp and 4wd on winters will be great fun :)
What I have done is pass judgement and made a comment on a forum.
Generally that makes it my opinion on a particular matter that is being discussed.
Panther black is a far better colour on a car than Estoril.
Estoril is not a colour I particularly dislike against other colours, until I see it on a car.
When you see it on a car it's not good at showing the cars lines off, and is far more boring than blacks and greys.
I wouldn't ever select panther black either, but that's due to being lazy when it comes to cleaning cars.
When its clean it's very good, but not for me.
I really don't understand why that needs to be explained........twice.
I think i might have to add IMO after every statement just so its explained clearly enough for those that might be confused or upset.
Way to go off topic and tell everyone about your fleet though, using the thread and your questionable choice of colour on the S3 to mention that you have a Porker.................like what you did there, well in.
Now now boys
Found a walkaround video of the S3. 2014 Audi S3 Sportback Exterior & Interior 2.0 Turbo 300 Hp 250+ Km/h 155+ mph * see also Playlist - YouTube
The exhausts and diffuser even work well on the car. The red seats work with misano paint. And at 1.30 the big flappy paddles on the stearing wheel look the business.
i am bit biased on the colours though.
agree with 'the lecht rock' about certain colours
i think seats wouldn't work with some other colours, but reds, blacks, poss dark greys, in that order would work best in my opinion.
Can't say I'm a fan of the red/black seats. Look Chav to me, and not in keeping with the style of the S3 but that's just my opinion. Also having seen them first hand I think the red material wil be a PITA to keep looking clean.
Not for me, even on Misano, again having seen it on the Aberdeen demo.
Got red/black leather in my current car, and the red leather is not looking good 7 months in.
Alcantara is the way to go, feels better sitting on it and wears better.
Don't think I'd spec full leather again unless there was no alternative.
Liquids will likely soak into alcantara quicker than leather, but anything else will clean up as well.
Alcantara is more durable than leather and takes less effort to maintain it.
Got it in a car that is 11 years old, and the leather on the side bolsters looks 11 years old, but the alcantara still looks as fresh as it would when it came out of the factory.
New to the forum..
I took a look at the demo car at my local dealers yesterday, 5dr estoril blue, looks stunning. Have a test drive booked in next week. I took a test drive for a M135i recently but there is no getting away from it, aesthetically its 'hard to love', on the plus side the drive was great. However having had a E46 330ci in the past, when the rain pours down the back end became too twitchy for my liking and in snow, forget it. I'm sure that these characteristics would be carried over ten fold in a car with over 300bhp.
Sooo.. everything is pointing towards the S3 as the more sensible option.. one sticking point the price...
Currently it is not too difficult to get circa 16% and better discount off list for a M135i and a high GVF value figure on a 5dr specc'd to about 34k OTR [auto, satnav, rear parking sensor] with 8k miles over 3 years pcp is coming in at around £370 a month, on a 3k deposit, oh and free 5 year servicing also.
The local Audi dealer when I looked around the S3 yesterday started off at "no discounts" new model yada yada, but after a bit of sales patter it changed to "well there's always deals to be done". I reckon if I could squeeze 2-3% off list I would be doing well at the local dealer.. Orange wheels and others appears to be advertising around 8% off list.
The problem I am finding with PCP is there appears to be a lot of variables or "smoke and mirrors". Even if Audi offer comparable APR rates if the GFV is low that is really going to hit the monthly repayments. As far as I am concerned the GFV is how much faith the manufacturer/market has in the marque/model at the time, higher the better. If it's worth less than the GFV at the end of the term even on private sale it's the finance company taking the extra hit not me.
Soo.. after that lengthy introduction to my turmoil, can you guys put me out my misery and give me real world figures with what you got with or without discount on PCP, monthly repayments, GFV etc. I want to be prepared for when I go to the dealers next week after the test drive and they start working that dark magic of "let me go and speak to my manager" waffle.
I was looking at a sportback, dsg, estoril blue, rear parking sensors, and sd satnav. If I could get that with 3k deposit for circa £400 a month over 3 years with 8k miles I think I would take the extra hit.
I want the S3 over the M135i, but the figures have to add up, fingers crossed.
@visionthing. i'm not in the same country as you, but same dilemma i'm hoping on getting a discount and still waiting for a test drive in th3 S3, but i had one in the m135i last week. can't deny is mind blowing! but shall wait to have a go in the S3
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Placing my order tomorrow and i really can't make my mind up if I should go for nappa or alcantara! :wacko:
Leather, had it in previous cars and always looks nice. I thought about silver for 5 seconds, then realised the I often wear black jeans and black tshirts :rock:and the black dye will stain the leather .
Personal preference, I prefer leather, for the look and feal.
Looking at the choices objectively
Leather is easier to clean
Alcantara will grip you a little more so you wont slide as much in the corners (hence why its often used in perfornance cars)
Leather can get remarkably hot in summer and chillingly cold in winter (skin grafts for summer and heated seats for winter can be helpfull for both of these, so not a problem)
Alcantara can bobble or pill
Leather can stretch, and needs nourishing.
The bit of the leather most likely to wear out are the bolsters which can have a problem rubbing against them as you get in and out, and these are on both full leather and part leather.
End of objective view on things
Choice is yours, full leather, or part leather part polyester :)
Whatever you do dont consider buying those nasty black leather super sport seats. They are only £600, yes £600 because you probably bought the lumbar support so they arent as expensive as you first thought, but they are black leather. I wasnt really bothered with them, but thought I would mention other choices