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    S3 - LED lights

    Has anyone specced or found an s3 or even an A3 with LED lights. what are advantages and are they worth the £795?

    my S3 spec - any thoughts
    misano red - seen an S3 in audi slough nice colour, aslo saw a white s3 with a pano roof that looked so nice I added the pano roof to my spec
    pano roof
    b&o
    interior led lights - looks cool with the b&o speakers lit up too
    tech pack (non audi connect but may add)
    aluminium roof bars
    comfort pack with parking system plus with assist
    cruise control
    folding mirrors
    privacy glass
    high beam assist


    may add
    lumbar support - likely
    through load - unlikely as just wanted the cup holders, lol!
    tech pack with audi connect instead - likely
    led lights - unlikely
    hold assist - not sure, cant see the point in this as the car doesn't rollback anyway - I think
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    Quote Originally Posted by royalsteve68 View Post
    Has anyone specced or found an s3 or even an A3 with LED lights. what are advantages and are they worth the £795?
    I will let you know tomorrow night...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyb View Post
    I will let you know tomorrow night...
    Yes please! Up till now most of the discussions have been guesswork based on info from Audi's own website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snakehips View Post
    Yes please! Up till now most of the discussions have been guesswork based on info from Audi's own website.
    Been driving the 8P S3 for 4 years with Xenons, and another 8P before that for 2 years the same...

    I will be able to tell the difference - if there is one....

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    I ordered them.

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    major positive point for me is that LED light is less tiring than xenon

    they are a lit better than xenon in terms of light

    and with all the optional extras for the xenons ticked, they are not really that far in terms of prices

    plus they look really cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyb View Post
    I will let you know tomorrow night...
    Any news Johnnyb?
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    I ordered for the cool look and for making my s3 even more special.

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    Irony is if everyone getting an S3 is getting them (and it seems that way from here) it won't be special!
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    at the contrary, if everybody is taking them and someone isn't I can guess how hard it would be when it is time to sell it

    how many S3 will we see anyway? not much really, it's not a peugeot 208

    and we are on a forum, where everyone is really interested in cars, if you do a poll here, I bet almost 50% of the A3 will have the Sline body kit

    how many of them do you see in real life ? me, not a lot
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    I like the xenon's and have stuck with them, but LED will definitely be alot more exclusive as the 40% of A3's sold are S Line that come standard xenon's, plus a few people that upgrade from standard. Where as I guess LEDs will be less than 10% and are very new, so at least for now will be a bit special.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cemerson View Post
    Irony is if everyone getting an S3 is getting them (and it seems that way from here) it won't be special!
    Well, actually what i meant to say was that I wanted to make sure it looks special in relation to other "normal" a3's not so much in relation to other s3's .

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakehips View Post
    Any news Johnnyb?
    Hi mate

    I posted a mini review of the S3 after to picking it up last night on page 52 in the "2013 S3" thread, have a look, they are immense!

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    Sacrilege I know but this tech from BMW looks to be truly revolutionary. It's called lazer light.

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    Can't see all that much difference really... how much are they charging for that system then, to add a miniscule amount of light to the output?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cemerson View Post
    Can't see all that much difference really... how much are they charging for that system then, to add a miniscule amount of light to the output?
    IT HAS FRICKEN LAZZZZZERS that's all that matters!!!

    Shut up and take my money!!!!! :D

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    Come on now... only BMW drivers fall for that marketing crap, surely?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cemerson View Post
    Come on now... only BMW drivers fall for that marketing crap, surely?!
    Hey look... I was brought up with the likes of KITT and James Bond laser cutting watches.

    I'll take lasers on my car just so I can say "it has fricken lasers" :D lol
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    I can see a genuine difference in that picture between high beam and lazer. The lazer goes all the way into the distance, considerably further than high beam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paullowther View Post
    I can see a genuine difference in that picture between high beam and lazer. The lazer goes all the way into the distance, considerably further than high beam.
    Yup... I wonder how they stop it from dazzling other drivers tho. Maybe something like the led lights in the a8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ivicyrusivi View Post
    IT HAS FRICKEN LAZZZZZERS that's all that matters!!!

    Shut up and take my money!!!!! :D
    is that the same laser used for the BMW tailgate function

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    I can't help but think that it's just too early in the LED headlight journey for me to spend the extra money yet.

    Audi have already got a generation 2 in the matrix lights in the new A8 so those will filter down in due course (facelift a3 hopefully!) and this new stuff from BMW proves there is more to come too.

    Ive learnt that the tech with the same names doesn't mean it's equal. I have xenons on my mk1 BMW z4 and they are RUBBISH. No where near as good as the first xenons I ever had, an 03 plate mk4 golf gt-tdi. Compare them to the current adaptive xenons on my 11plate MINI and the MINI has the best lights I've ever had, including past history of a range rover vogue, 911 turbo etc etc.

    Im just hoping the xenon plus lights in the a3/s3 are decent!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itguy View Post
    I can't help but think that it's just too early in the LED headlight journey for me to spend the extra money yet.

    Audi have already got a generation 2 in the matrix lights in the new A8 so those will filter down in due course (facelift a3 hopefully!) and this new stuff from BMW proves there is more to come too.

    Ive learnt that the tech with the same names doesn't mean it's equal. I have xenons on my mk1 BMW z4 and they are RUBBISH. No where near as good as the first xenons I ever had, an 03 plate mk4 golf gt-tdi. Compare them to the current adaptive xenons on my 11plate MINI and the MINI has the best lights I've ever had, including past history of a range rover vogue, 911 turbo etc etc.

    Im just hoping the xenon plus lights in the a3/s3 are decent!
    i think they will be excellent, but will be outperformed by the led as a consequence of the rate of led development recently.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by royalsteve68 View Post
    is that the same laser used for the BMW tailgate function
    Tailgate laser? No idea about BMW stuff to be honest... Didn't invest enough interest after sitting in the s3

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    Quote Originally Posted by cemerson View Post
    Can't see all that much difference really... how much are they charging for that system then, to add a miniscule amount of light to the output?
    But the ability to set fire to trees and cars coming the other way surely make it worthwhile?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itguy View Post
    I can't help but think that it's just too early in the LED headlight journey for me to spend the extra money yet.

    Audi have already got a generation 2 in the matrix lights in the new A8 so those will filter down in due course (facelift a3 hopefully!) and this new stuff from BMW proves there is more to come too.

    Ive learnt that the tech with the same names doesn't mean it's equal. I have xenons on my mk1 BMW z4 and they are RUBBISH. No where near as good as the first xenons I ever had, an 03 plate mk4 golf gt-tdi. Compare them to the current adaptive xenons on my 11plate MINI and the MINI has the best lights I've ever had, including past history of a range rover vogue, 911 turbo etc etc.

    Im just hoping the xenon plus lights in the a3/s3 are decent!
    That's an excuse you could always use with technology though.

    I wont bother getting a laptop now because in a years time there will be one twice as fast for the same price...
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    Quote Originally Posted by royalsteve68 View Post
    Has anyone specced or found an s3 or even an A3 with LED lights. what are advantages and are they worth the £795?

    my S3 spec - any thoughts
    misano red - seen an S3 in audi slough nice colour, aslo saw a white s3 with a pano roof that looked so nice I added the pano roof to my spec
    pano roof
    b&o
    interior led lights - looks cool with the b&o speakers lit up too
    tech pack (non audi connect but may add)
    aluminium roof bars
    comfort pack with parking system plus with assist
    cruise control
    folding mirrors
    privacy glass
    high beam assist


    may add
    lumbar support - likely
    through load - unlikely as just wanted the cup holders, lol!
    tech pack with audi connect instead - likely
    led lights - unlikely
    hold assist - not sure, cant see the point in this as the car doesn't rollback anyway - I think
    added 9/11/13
    lumbar support - added
    through load - not added
    tech pack with audi connect instead - added
    led lights - added
    hold assist - added

    that's it, no more changes - though im still not 100% sure about privacy glass and whether it makes the car look van like

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeeDubDan View Post
    But the ability to set fire to trees and cars coming the other way surely make it worthwhile?!
    not if coming the other way with my s3 fitted with a bazooka

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    Quote Originally Posted by paullowther View Post
    That's an excuse you could always use with technology though.

    I wont bother getting a laptop now because in a years time there will be one twice as fast for the same price...
    i think these are a little different as it's about the tech actually being available to buy. Audi have shown they can do better than the "new" current led on the a3 (ie the new matrix beam a8). From what I've seen and read (lots of German!) I'm not convinced that the led headlight upgrade on the a3 is much better than the xenons with all the trick bits added (but is still another £400 more). I know I'll buy them at some point in the future, for me it will be when there is a night and day difference (get it! )
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    Just experienced the power and effectiveness of the new S3 LED headlights, all I can say is Xenons dead.........!

    the light is so natural it pierces the night and compared to xenon, gives superb contrast and effective illumination.

    its like a night sun, turns the dark to day...... I pity those that haven't ordered them !
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_lecht_rocks View Post
    Just experienced the power and effectiveness of the new S3 LED headlights, all I can say is Xenons dead.........!

    the light is so natural it pierces the night and compared to xenon, gives superb contrast and effective illumination.

    its like a night sun, turns the dark to day...... I pity those that haven't ordered them !
    In what way did you experience them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snakehips View Post
    In what way did you experience them?
    errrr, by driving an led equipped s3.......!!!!!!!!!???????
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    I'm glad I ordered them
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    Such a cool feature
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    Quote Originally Posted by paullowther View Post
    Such a cool feature
    have you speccd Paul ?

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    Oh yes!!
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    Glad I spec'ed them. They look so cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_lecht_rocks View Post
    Just experienced the power and effectiveness of the new S3 LED headlights, all I can say is Xenons dead.........!

    the light is so natural it pierces the night and compared to xenon, gives superb contrast and effective illumination.

    its like a night sun, turns the dark to day...... I pity those that haven't ordered them !
    oh god stop it, I swore I wouldn't change my order again... I think it's too late now anyway as my build date has got pulled forward.

    If I don't see them then I won't want them...
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