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

Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by PhilA4, Jul 3, 2014.

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    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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    Grille
    Cooling ducts instead of fog lights
    Alloys (ok not 100% giveaway)
    Chrome mirrors
    Callipers
    Spoiler
    Body styling
    Quad exhausts.
    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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    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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    It would be a boring world if we were all the same !

    Sean
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    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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    You mean wheel arches are different or just ride height I presume?
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    Sorry ride height.
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    I liked the wide arches on the 8L, they ain't made a comeback yet though.
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    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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    Body coloured wings?
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    Yeah instead if the carbon fibre wings
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    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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    Wingmirrors, instead of chrome or carbon fibre. Same colour as there body paint
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    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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    I just painted the front grille S3 emblem and the mirrors with black plastidip.

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

    regards
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    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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    +1
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    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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