Feb 26, 2013
Hahaha, far better? Explain?
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?
no idea, but the porsche PDK is way superior to the s3 auto box, so I'd expect the r8 to be comparable TO the PDK..if the r8 doesn't compete with the PDK, then audi have work to do....
That's what made me think to start with. I just saw a review of both the s tronic in the r8 and the new pdk in the Porsche. The reviewer said that the one in the r8 was the best gearbox in the world, I was hoping that it would be similar to the s3!
nope, the s3 stronic is not even close to PDK I'm afraid....
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.
you need a 911 to celebrate your 40th, not an S3 !
!!!! Yeh, would love a 911, sadly out of my price range, also this is a company car so that's stretching it. The sales guy at Sheffield audi has apparently never sold an S3 as a company car, happy to be his first! At least I can still get the kids in the back this way!!
ah, kids, of course..... Something I've not got to consider
lucky you, in the car sense. I've been showing my kids videos of S3's on YouTube and they're about as excited as me. Was considering a Merc or Beamer but just don't appeal as much.
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
I'm glad to see another looking to buy lunar silver. It surprises me that more people don't opt for lighter colour interiors.
black interiors are so 1990 though....."... N'est ce pas....?
Agreed, nice to have an option other than black. Having said that, I do like the optional red/black seat combo that is available, choices choices!
Didn't think it needed explanation, but since you appear to require it I will elaborate.
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.
don't be daft, colour is an emotional choice and there is no such thing as a "better" colour ... In your opinion, you like panther.....i like both, but estoril nudges it....for me..... Then again, I gave a basalt black 911 carrera gts and a seal silver vfr1200 to clean occasionally too.....
Nothing daft about it, it's my opinion indeed, that's the reason I put it out there.
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.
indeed, that's almost exactly the same car as the aberdeen audi demo...........I only think those seats work with Misano or one of the blacks however......
Nice video, thanks, love the misano red with the black and red seats, looks amazing. Especially ion the S3
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.
Agree with this.
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.
We have Bose in current A3 and had B&O in previous A5's.. Once experienced the standard system (and Audi sound system once standard!) sound p. poor IMHO>
thats interesting. I am ordering mine in December and now that people here have mentioned the silver,I might go for that, but is the alcantara easy to keep clean? If it's more comfortable thats a bonus, but leather is just so easy to wipe clean.
That will depend on what you may mess it up with.
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
Thanks. I'm a runner so tend to drive out, dump the car and get into the fells, so sweat is one issue. Kids is another but they don't tend to drop too much these days. My Q5 is full leather and I know what you mean, it does age and can make the interior look dated before it's time, plus I really don't find the Q5 very comfortable. Will give alcantara serious consideration though, thanks for the advice.
A friend of mine this week said he had alcantara in an 11 year old vw (I think vw) and he said it looked new after all that time.
Hi, your spec sounds great!! I'm very interested to know how the 10 spoke alloys look, finding it hard to decide on my favourite alloys. The standard S3's are nice but in terms of cleaning and keeping A1 I'm not so sure. It's hard to gauge just by building a spec on the audi website. Thanks.
For all the pictures you could want go to a website called mobile.de. It's the German counterpart to auto trader.
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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!
Alcantara, if its good enough for Lamborghini, Maserati and Porsche to use in their top end cars it's good enough for me!
Agreed, I'll be ordering alcantara too. Estoril blue, sunroof and the full works, roll on 2014!
silver or black ?
I consider black against estoril quite awful, needs silver IMHO...
Completely agree, definitely silver interior with estoril. Wouldn't necessarily have chosen silver originally but having seen it in pics I really like it, quite unique.
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 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
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