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    Is it possible to completely debadge an S3 exterior front and back?

    As the title really. I don't want to attract any unwanted attention if I order an S3, so just need to know if it can be de-badged so at a glance it looks like an normal A3? I haven't seen this discussed or found anything via the search.

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    For what purpose? Why would you spend 30 plus for an S3 with the desire for it to look like an A3 may I ask?
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    I could probably tell a debadged s3 a long way off. Lots of subtle differences
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    I'm not buying one to show off how much it cost. I'm paying for the performance, handling etc. But I want to be discrete. The car will be parked on a main street, so again, the less attention paid to it the better. I also don't want to attract "Steve" in his Halford's special at the lights or wanting a closer look. As I said, I want it, at a glance, not to attract the wrong type of attention. So can it be de-badged?
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    Quote Originally Posted by andywil13 View Post
    I could probably tell a debadged s3 a long way off. Lots of subtle differences
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    Grille
    Cooling ducts instead of fog lights
    Alloys (ok not 100% giveaway)
    Chrome mirrors
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    etc...

    And that's before they look through the window for the logos inside.....
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    You can select de badged rear as an option, then simple remove the front s3 badge from the grill! But, it makes the back of the car look clean, I just can't see why you'd want them all off but each to there own!

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    Is it possible to completely debadge an S3 exterior front and back?

    Yes. Spec grey paint. Debadge. Body coloured mirrors. Remove front badge. Spec s-line alloys. No privacy glass.

    Giveaways: s3 embossed seats on some options. S3 on the instruments. 4 exhausts. Other indicators for those who know the styling intimately - but not for the average oik. The giveaway is going to be the exhausts and grille.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SockToy View Post
    Yes. Spec grey paint. Debadge. Body coloured mirrors. Remove front badge. Spec s-line alloys. No privacy glass.

    Giveaways: s3 embossed seats on some options. S3 on the instruments. 4 exhausts. Other indicators for those who know the styling intimately - but not for the average oik. The giveaway is going to be the exhausts and grille.
    Grille.....wheel arches, lowered sports suspension and general purposeful stance. Gonna be pretty difficult to mute the sound the exhausts emit as someone walks past to have a glance as you start it surely?

    Sounds like it could be a big potential worry for you so perhaps you should reconsider (don't let others dictate what you want though) or find some alternative means of parking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louay View Post
    Grille.....wheel arches, lowered sports suspension and general purposeful stance. Gonna be pretty difficult to mute the sound the exhausts emit as someone walks past to have a glance as you start it surely?

    Sounds like it could be a big potential worry for you so perhaps you should reconsider (don't let others dictate what you want though) or find some alternative means of parking?
    You mean wheel arches are different or just ride height I presume?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Challinor View Post
    You mean wheel arches are different or just ride height I presume?
    Sorry ride height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louay View Post
    Sorry ride height.
    I liked the wide arches on the 8L, they ain't made a comeback yet though.
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    Is it possible to completely debadge an S3 exterior front and back?

    Understated style is way cooler than in-your-face flaunting and is arguably a statement in itself.

    I went for body coloured wing mirrors, black styling pack and privacy glass on Phantom Black paint and I think it works quite well.

    Don't spec the car debadged. It doesn't save any money and you can easily do not yourself if it annoys you enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pat15312 View Post
    Understated style is way cooler than in-your-face flaunting and is arguably a statement in itself.

    I went for body coloured wings, black styling pack and privacy glass on Phantom Black paint and I think it works quite well.

    Don't spec the car debadged. It doesn't save any money and you can easily do not yourself if it annoys you enough.
    Body coloured wings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Challinor View Post
    Body coloured wings?
    Yeah instead if the carbon fibre wings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jez-dtm View Post
    Yeah instead if the carbon fibre wings
    Say what now lol

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    ive debadged mine, when you remove the front badge it leaves a small grey blank block in the grill moulding which looks gash though so ill probably put the front badge back on but marker penned all black

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Challinor View Post
    Say what now lol
    Wingmirrors, instead of chrome or carbon fibre. Same colour as there body paint
    On order: MY2015 S3 S-Tronic 3 door, Sepang Blue, debadge & body colour mirrors. Many options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SockToy View Post
    Wingmirrors, instead of chrome or carbon fibre. Same colour as there body paint
    Feel like a n00b for not putting 2 and 2 together. Wings = wing mirrors Doh !

    Seen carbon fibre mirrors ( had fake ones on one of my car many moons ago ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilA4 View Post
    As the title really. I don't want to attract any unwanted attention if I order an S3, so just need to know if it can be de-badged so at a glance it looks like an normal A3? I haven't seen this discussed or found anything via the search.
    I just painted the front grille S3 emblem and the mirrors with black plastidip.

    did it at 1000km and still ok at 29000km.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nervus View Post
    ive debadged mine, when you remove the front badge it leaves a small grey blank block in the grill moulding which looks gash though so ill probably put the front badge back on but marker penned all black
    Well that's made my mind up for me. I was planning to take the badge off the front off mine when it arrives but looks like it will be staying on now then.

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    I guess I'm daft but those that want to steal S3s know what to steal whether it's debadged or not. These guys don't steal A3s with S3 badges on. If a professional thief wants your car lets just say its gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcardio View Post
    I guess I'm daft but those that want to steal S3s know what to steal whether it's debadged or not. These guys don't steal A3s with S3 badges on. If a professional thief wants your car lets just say its gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilA4 View Post
    As the title really. I don't want to attract any unwanted attention if I order an S3, so just need to know if it can be de-badged so at a glance it looks like an normal A3? I haven't seen this discussed or found anything via the search.
    I think this is what your looking for Phil......

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    I was gonna say put a TDI badge on the boot.
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