Well after all my deliberations and investigations I've decided NOT to add LED Headlights to my order.
I spoke to Audi Customer services about their actual functions and have read many many german forums on the subject.
In a nutshell, LED Headlights do not have 'adaptive swivel' function like xenons with adaptive, but do have a cornering light that they can switch on which sort of does the same thing.
They don't have variable range control as an option but do have high beam assist if you spec it.
I got the distinct feeling that xenon plus + adaptive + variable range + high beam assist pretty much = LED + high beam assist.
So, apart from the look, it would be £400 more for me to have similar illumination (I would guess LED is marginally better).
Now, the Matrix style LED headlights that are on the new A8 are a whole new ballgame - when they filter down to the A3/S3 (facelift model hopefully) I'll be ordering them without doubt.
Variable range control on the xenons looks very useful to me and the low-beam cut-off on the LEDs that I've seen looks very short, so hopefully I've made the right choice.
hope you are happy with the wheels, if not you could always powder coat black or gunmetal.
Where I have the pleasure of two buttons on the car (when it arrives) that wont work, and will just be there to remind me what I didnt buy.
I sort of wish I needed to use it more so I could justify the cost, but most places I know where I am going.
I think more to the point is resalability. I think a lot of S3s will be highly spec'd and whilst they say that extras don't add value, having something that may be desirable that most others have got may make it more difficult to shift for a premium.
Perhaps I should reconsider on my A3 184 quattro sline....
PS. 2 screens - pah I have 3: 1 x Dell U2711 and 2 U2410s fully profiled and calibrated (no room on the desk for another 27 otherwise I'd have that instead) :rockwoot:
Hi, Newbie lurker, with first post so be gentle pls.
Currently driving a DSG 2010 Golf R. First non-manual ever owned. Previous had a Gen 5 GTI. I generally like the DSG, especially when driving hard when it really performs. Good on city crawls, but in Slo-mo changes too early and in Sport a bit too late for city use.
Has anyone driven one of these and a new S3? I would love to know what they see as the differences. Very tempted to upgrade for the better motor, earlier torque, slightly more sophisticated vehicle (I am most defintely the wrong side of 40 for boy racer).
Colour choice is all a bit hard, Monsoon looks good. I have a white R and am a bit tired of it
Down here in Australia we have limited options choice and they have packaged B&O, Mag suspension, sports seats, red brake calipers and the 10 spoke wheels as a sports pack.
Any thoughts about the noticeable differences between old R and new S3 would be welcome
I think ink there is quite a noticeable difference between the two gearboxes even though they are basically the same underneath. They must have refined the gearbox software as in the s3 there were no perceptible changes when just taking it easy and the take off from standstill is a lot more refined. Obviously it's very similar at full whack apart from you get more 'whoompf' noise when it changes gear.
I find the same as you that the golf tends to always want to be a gear higher than I think it should but then never seems to labour. I didn't get that feeling in the s3 but I tend to use the paddles to override the D mode when I want some more engine braking etc (roundabouts etc).
I just found this new 300hp engine an absolute belter. Very smooth and liniar with a lovely top end rev range pull. You probably won't notice a massive difference coming from your existing 270hp.
One major positive for me in sticking with s-tronic is the adaptive cruise control will brake all the way down to 0mph and then pull away again on its own when the traffic moves - great for nose to tail traffic jams that I sit in daily.
That and the fact that I can drink from a bottle or can without worrying about changing gear!
The wait is killing me!
Oh, and Xenons have a static cornering light as well as the adaptive function., and I honestly think they look better anyway!
I had never thought of cruise control in those low speed circumstances. Could be nice. Damn- more money.
Sigh choices are so hard.
I am hoping someone will put up some photos of a White SB with black grill and window surrounds. , or a red one or a silver one.
Am I right in thinking that you can shift up and down the gears using the actual gear stick on the S Tronic just by pushing it forwards and backwards?
Audi A3 8V Forum & Community - from 2012 8V) are another really good source for info/pics etc.
Pics on mine are a few pages back
I bet there are loads of functions on our cars that they can do with the hardware they are supplied with that we'll never see without plugging it into a future version of VCDS.
I don't think it's the same camera used for high beam assist as lane assist though, not sure.
New official S3 video for the saloon. I'm guessing this sounds identical to the 3dr and sportbacks.
The saloon shares quite a few parts from the 3dr and SB so it's quite a useful video.
It looks like a simple light sensor rather than a camera on the high beam assist, and it's not available with xenons anyway, only the variable range one.