1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Modifying S3 Sportback to look standard

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by davoaj, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. davoaj
    Offline

    davoaj New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2011
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Having decided on an A3 Sportback, preferably a 2.0T Quattro, I've been mulling over the thought of increasing the budget and getting an S3 but then making it look standard on the outside.

    Madness I hear you all shout!

    However, it's going to be something I keep for a while as hoping to start a family in the coming year and want something that looks very understated.

    Thinking that if I went for it there would be a good market to sell/part ex body kit with users looking to do just the opposite. What do you think?

    Parts wise, just off the top of my head I'm thinking the following would need to be swapped/replaced:

    Front bumper (all of it?)
    Side skirts
    Rear bumper (all of it?)
    Wing mirrors - possible to wrap in body color?
    Wheels

    Interior wise I'd probably leave as is unless I could find an immaculate half leather/half alcantarra interior to put in.

    Intrigued to see what you guys think, hear any obvious things I've missed.

    Cheers
    #1
  2. George The Diesel Head
    Offline

    George The Diesel Head Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2011
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    1
    If its purely the extra power you're after, Buy a 2.0T Quattro and get it remapped.... would be a lot less hassle and expense!

    Plus you've also got to look at, in the future when you want to move the car on... who is going to want an S3 thats been made to look like an A3.... apart from stevie wonder.
    #2
  3. davoaj
    Offline

    davoaj New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2011
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Good points mate, was more intrigued by the ease with which it could be done.

    2.0T Quattro with a map, exhaust and revised suspension would probably be cheaper and not far off standard S3 specs I suppose.
    #3
  4. box500
    Offline

    box500 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2011
    Messages:
    163
    Likes Received:
    18
    What I would do personally is buy an S3, Stage 1 it and put 1.6tdi or 1.2tfsi badges on it.

    Possibly put steel wheels or cheap looking alloys on it but keep the same wheel/tyre widths and profiles etc.
    #4
  5. S.
    Online

    S. Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    Messages:
    1,436
    Likes Received:
    216
    Or just debadge it front and back..there are lots of s3 replicas, without badges very few people will know that is a real s3.
    #5
  6. Ads
    Offline

    Ads License to drive

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    Messages:
    8,222
    Likes Received:
    579
    An S3 isn't exactly out of the same school of styling as a Focus RS, its a pretty understated clean car anyway.

    You'd have to be bonkers to convert backwards.
    #6
    RedDejavu and S. like this.
  7. Ash187
    Offline

    Ash187 Audi Retrofitter

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2009
    Messages:
    6,504
    Likes Received:
    397
    if you buy a S3 sportback gimmi a shout and you can have my bumpers swapped for yours :friends:
    #7
  8. RPB
    Offline

    RPB Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2011
    Messages:
    325
    Likes Received:
    43
    wtf? do what? omg! LOL with a Capital L to that. weird.
    #8
  9. davoaj
    Offline

    davoaj New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2011
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ha ha appreciate it might not be the right demographic to be asking this to but was just interested to know what would be involved in terms of swapping stuff over. Reckon it could be done relatively inexpensively given the interest there'd likely be in the S3 parts.

    I know the S3 is rather understated anyway, but had just been thinking about the whole Q car thing and it struck me as a very easy way to create it.

    Will look closer at it all when I come to buy, if the right 2.0T Quattro comes up, makes it easier and saves me some money.
    #9

Share This Page