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    NEW A3! Preproduction preview!! PICS!!

    Got the opportunity to go and see a preproduction model preview of the new a3 today. I liked the look of the car from viewing online so I thought I'd go and have a look about.

    First impressions were really good, the new front grill sets the car off and the DRLs fitted to this car looked good too.

    The car looked sorta like an A1-ish shape at the back, although it does seem somewhat wider than the 8P on the 3 door model. Sportback isnt released until next year.

    The cabin felt and looked very like an A1 too along with the usual build quality - very good, good materials used and the seats were very comfy and supporting along with the touchy feely of the switches.

    The 8V now gets an electronic handbrake as standard and does away with the Z handbrake the 8P had.

    Some spec that this car had:

    Panaramic Sunroof
    Adaptive cruise control
    Xenon with afs
    Auto lights
    Auto wipers
    HDD nav with google
    Dab radio
    Auto hill hold
    Half leather seats
    Interior light pack
    Audi drive select
    Start/stop
    Park assist
    Front and rear sensors
    LED interior lights - possible retrofit to 8P?
    Heated seats front and rear
    Digital air con
    Keyless go
    Electric seats
    AMI
    18" alloys which look very Golf GTI
    Lane assist and side assist
    Auto dimming mirrors
    Bang and olofusen stereo system
    LED number plate lights which are standard

    And probably a lot more I've missed out!

    Very nice car - prices start at £19k (!) for the basic car and a 1.4 tfsi. Diesels start at £20k. No offers for 18 months.

    Tempted to place an order there and then and ditch my troublesome 8P!

    Delivery early Autumn according to Belfast. Sportback due mid 2013.

    Pictures were taken quickly due to others looking at the car so it was point and click sorry and blame the iPhone for the poor-ish quality!

    EDIT - Paint is Daytona Grey

    Belfast only had It today, don't know of its next destination.































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    Those wheels are ugly. Rest of the car seems ok, I hope the sportback has a better looking rear end.

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    I agree on the wheels, don't like them at all.

    Rear end isn't too bad really, as I said in my op, very A1-esque.

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    That is stunning! Daytona? Going to place my order beginning of June for this, like it a lot!


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    Yep it's Daytona, forgot to say that, sorry!

    Belfast have orders placed already I was told today

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    Not loving the knurled look on knobs and the air vents look liks fans,the angles also don't grab me,jeez the 8p wasn't brilliant but this looks even worse,I like the wheels though.
    Thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by a6_chris View Post
    Yep it's Daytona, forgot to say that, sorry!

    Belfast have orders placed already I was told today
    No problem! And Sport trim (sorry)? Wonder if they'll get any pre-productions over here?


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    Quote Originally Posted by voorhees View Post
    Not loving the knurled look on knobs and the air vents look liks fans,the angles also don't grab me,jeez the 8p wasn't brilliant but this looks even worse,I like the wheels though.
    Thanks for sharing
    No problem, I had originally said to Sandra if the section could be created for this Not a fan on the airvents either, but I like the car overall and dislike those wheels.

    Quote Originally Posted by James.Asbri View Post
    No problem! And Sport trim (sorry)? Wonder if they'll get any pre-productions over here?
    What you mean by Sport trim? Dunno, I think the car was sent over by Audi UK so not sure where it will go next.

    I did feel the interior quality somewhat better than my current A6, maybe because technology and materials have moved on but it did feel better quality throughout

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    That's really nice, could go for one myself when the S3's available

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    so these are due out when? next year autumn, 12 months?

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    That looks smart.


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    I like it.

    And at a glance the wheels are Golf GTI'ish...


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    Yep, even a sales guy yesterday said that too and so did I

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    Not liking the interior I must say. Alloys are a no. Rest is ok suppose!
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    Yes not totally a fan of the new shape.
    like the tech and the 100kg weight saving but was hoping for something more.
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    I like and will more than likely ordering once I see the first ones about hopefully this autumn!!!
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    im sorry but the inside looks plastic fantastic and the out side is boring . It looks like every rep car vauxhall astra,renault megan to name a few

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvey01 View Post
    im sorry but the inside looks plastic fantastic and the out side is boring . It looks like every rep car vauxhall astra,renault megan to name a few
    not at all, my pictures dont do the interior justice .. good quality throughout, nice feeling to them .. better quality than my a6 imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvey01 View Post
    im sorry but the inside looks plastic fantastic and the out side is boring . It looks like every rep car vauxhall astra,renault megan to name a few
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    Thanks for the pics - nice to see some of the details that the car websites don't show.

    If I do end of getting an 8V i'll defo get an S-Line as it looks that much smarter.

    Not a fan of the wheels either, but I am liking the interior LED's and the smart looking screen.
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    No problemo

    I don't know what trim level that is, but I like it .. Tempted to get one but persuading the OH is the biggest task

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    Dont like that at all. Good spec list but hate the interior especially the dash and the sliding sat nav screen. Looks like an extended A1 from the back. Hopefully the S3 will be nicer looking.
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    I am tempted by this, I think it looks great.

    Some of the other wheel designs I've seen in promo pics will look better as 18's than the ones above.

    Think it will work out circa £25k for an S-line TDI though....
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    Audi have took the recent A3 3 Door Black Edition off the market. I wonder if they are going to release the Black Edition in this model. A bit dissapoinint that the 2.0TDI is only 150ps. Lets hope they release a suped up one!

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    Brochure online - http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/new-a3-...-brochure.html ableit in german

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    Will have to wait for the English one to come out.

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    so again i ask, when are they due out? in both this and sportback?

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    I said in my original post

    Quote Originally Posted by me
    Delivery early Autumn according to Belfast. Sportback due mid 2013.
    Last edited by a6-chris; 21st May 2012 at 15:33.

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    Stunning car this, I've been dreaming of owning it since seeing the leaked Geneva pictures. If I can afford it then I'll most definitely be getting it, most likely the 1.4TFSI, a friend of mine that reviewed it said it's the most true to the new A3. Average of over 60mpg. 138bhp and £20 a year tax... yes please.

    I see a lot of people complaining around reviews that it doesn't have 6 exhausts, wings and a ****ing machine gun, but they clearly don't understand the history behind the A3. They sold 2.7million since launch I believe, obviously doing something right, unless those 2.7million people are all brain dead of course. Ah well, let them stick to their Ford and Poogeot meet ups at McDonalds and we'll take the good cars.

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    Also N8, did you get any photos?


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    Very nice colour .. Sepang?

    Edit - Sepang is lighter aint it?

    Edit #2 - its Scuba Blue according to the German brouchure
    Last edited by a6-chris; 21st May 2012 at 18:59.

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    Oh my lord, that colour is stunning. Don't like the A7 style steering wheel though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    The Q3 RS was unreal.
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    dont like the chrome trim around the window nor the lights in the tailgate if id wanted a sportback id buy one! i can see those vents possibly fitting 8p's


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