On the subject of DRLs, whatever they do they need to get rid of the current ones fitted to Xenon equipped cars - whenever I see one driving around with the DRLs on in broad daylight I think it looks ****** awful
Completely new A3 is due in 2009.
JamS3 said:Plus dont think they would release the S3 this year when they change the shape the next, just does not make marketing sense especially when the S3 costs what it does!
Who would spend 30k on a car which would go out of date a year later? Audi would not do it, we have a while yet before a facelift!
Yes, but the changes to the facelifted 8L S3 were quite minor; lights, centre console design etc. There were no major exterior panel changes, as are apparent on the spy photo, which require expensive tooling changes and are therefore consistent with a completely new model, not a faceliftjamiekip said:Makes perfect business sense really. Use the niche, top of the range S3 product to drive a bit more life out of the current A3 design, then facelift the product range to drive continued interest right through to the replacement in 2010/2011.
Let's face it, if it's facelifted and in the flesh looks the mutt's nuts, we'l all aspire to upgrade to a facelift model.... how long was the old shape S3 on the scene before a facelift version came on the scene? Wasn't that about 12-18 months????
Vertigo1 said:That's different.
It has the new nose from the first pic, with the raised ridge that runs right down the front either side of the grille but the sides are the same as the current model, with the same profile and the rubbing strip, whereas the first pic had no rubbing strip and much flatter slab-sides.
As for DRLs, regardless of their safety merits, I still maintain they look plain daft in broad daylight in this country. If I had them on my car I'd be snipping wires or pulling fuses to get rid of them!
Occasionally the conditions may warrant it but then you should turn your lights on yourself anyway.
Vertigo1 said:Ah, I was under the impression that there was no switch and you had no choice but to have them on.
As for safety, frankly I find any claims that they increase safety in broad daylight rather hard to believe. Most countries that stipulate lights must be on 24/7 are those which don't get much daylight, unless I'm much mistaken.
I'm all for genuine improvements to safety, such as crash testing, crumple zones, loads of airbags and passenger safety cells but claiming lights during the day are a safety feature is just daft. Occasionally the conditions may warrant it but then you should turn your lights on yourself anyway.
cdb2 said:The later pic appears to have an S-Line badge on the rear door.
Could be new S-Line front bumper or an S-Line mule with a new standard bumper - who knows!!!
In regards to day time driving lights, i'm all for it! It is much easier to keep track of who's around you and who's coming up with the driving lights than without. Maybe not so much on sunny middle of the day, but in cloudly, foggy or rainny weather it is much needed
yak said:Here in Finland it's mandatory to have lights on all the time, and to me car looks weird (if not even ugly) without lights