Opinions on Sportback in Ara Blue (chrome)?

Mythos

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Currently got an S3 Sportback on order in Mythos black, but I'm seriously considering changing to Ara Blue as I fell in love with it when I saw it with the chrome.

Only thing that worries me is I won't like it with the sunroof which I dont really wanna take off the spec, might look a little out of place on the Chrome version, the one I saw didnt have it.

Any pictures or opinions would be appreciated :icon thumright:
 

Adam14

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Can only comment on colour. Being a (potentially) fellow Ara blue owner. The colour is amazing, nearly everyone who's seen the car for the first time has commented on how good the colour is. With chrome trim it'll work well, unfortunately can't help with the sun roof part.

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Mythos

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Can only comment on colour. Being a (potentially) fellow Ara blue owner. The colour is amazing, nearly everyone who's seen the car for the first time has commented on how good the colour is. With chrome trim it'll work well, unfortunately can't help with the sun roof part.

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Cheers man. Should be a lot better than the black for swirl marks and keeping it looking clean, also looks more unique too...bit bored of black.

I guess getting the colour I want is a little more important than the sunroof, so it might be worth removing that on the spec.
 

AlS3BE

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Ara blue is a gorgeous colour.
I have a black edition so no chrome. Part of me wished I got the the chrome cause they don’t scratch as easily as the piano black trim.
Also found ara blue hides dirt better than blacks or whites.
Here’s a taster
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Flying Scotsman

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I as you can see have an Ara Blue saloon....great colour. As far as the sunroof goes, I did not want it but in Canada it is not an option, as it is standard on the S3. The one thing I love about it is it brightens up the coal pit black interior. I very rarely open the pano roof as I dislike the wind noise. The black pano roof looks great on the roof line and looks better than a plain roof
Chrome Pic

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Adam14

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Another taster for Ara blue. Also black edition.
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wab172uk

Now in an X3 M40i And a Yaris GR-Four
Currently got an S3 Sportback on order in Mythos black, but I'm seriously considering changing to Ara Blue as I fell in love with it when I saw it with the chrome.

Only thing that worries me is I won't like it with the sunroof which I dont really wanna take off the spec, might look a little out of place on the Chrome version, the one I saw didnt have it.

Any pictures or opinions would be appreciated :icon thumright:

When I was debating to order an RS3 or not, Ara Blue with chrome pack was my choice. Although be it a saloon.

However, when speccing the Sportback (for reference) I did tick the chrome roof rails, which I thought looked better than without.
 

Mythos

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You guys are making the decision easier with all these pictures, this needs to be a thread dedicated to Ara Blue :welcoming:

Thing is with the sunroof being black it works really well with the black edition!
 

jassyo06

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When I was debating to order an RS3 or not, Ara Blue with chrome pack was my choice. Although be it a saloon.

However, when speccing the Sportback (for reference) I did tick the chrome roof rails, which I thought looked better than without.

Difference is Ara on a RS3 comes with a Matte Aluminum finish not chrome like in the S3 which very different looking and the roof rails are also finished matte aluminium...
 

jassyo06

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Bells

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I’d personally swap to Ara although I’m bias. I’ve had a black A3 previously and it was a nightmare to keep clean and scratched just by looking at it :tearsofjoy: although even I’ll admit it looked good when just washed.

My preference is black trim on Ara Blue but I’ve seen a few local S3’s with chrome and I must admit I think it looks good like that too, don’t think pano roof would be a problem, go for it :grinning:
 

Mythos

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I know mate, I'm proper OCD with things like this.
 

Mythos

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I’d personally swap to Ara although I’m bias. I’ve had a black A3 previously and it was a nightmare to keep clean and scratched just by looking at it :tearsofjoy: although even I’ll admit it looked good when just washed.

My preference is black trim on Ara Blue but I’ve seen a few local S3’s with chrome and I must admit I think it looks good like that too, don’t think pano roof would be a problem, go for it :grinning:

It's definitely a massive pain having a black car, but as you say when clean they do look good.

Think I'll get in contract with my dealer and ask him to change to Ara, I'll keep the sunroof too!
 

Mythos

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This is a good example of what I'll be getting, just missing the sunroof. Those red calipers go really well with Ara Blue.
 

AlS3BE

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This is a good example of what I'll be getting, just missing the sunroof. Those red calipers go really well with Ara Blue.

I decided against the red callipers. Looks good when clean but needs kept clean. Audi brake pads are known to have loads of black dust as well. Black calipers hide it well but that’s just my laziness talking.
 

Rolly12

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I decided against the red callipers. Looks good when clean but needs kept clean. Audi brake pads are known to have loads of black dust as well. Black calipers hide it well but that’s just my laziness talking.

Completely disagree with that in my experience with the red S3 callipers. My alloys can be caked in brake dust but the callipers always seem to stay a nice red and somehow attract very little brake dust themselves.


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Ron240

Breaking the stereotype
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Ara was the only colour I wanted.....was literally that or nothing.
Wish I had red brake calipers because I think it goes with the blue really well. My last 3 cars have had red calipers as standard....but what a rip off to get Audi to paint them. :anguished:
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Timi8888

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I prefer Ara Blue with the black pack!
 

Mythos

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Ara was the only colour I wanted.....was literally that or nothing.
Wish I had red brake calipers because I think it goes with the blue really well. My last 3 cars have had red calipers as standard....but what a rip off to get Audi to paint them. :anguished:
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It is rediculous, some of the options you have to pay for is a bit of joke, privacy glass, reversing camera, electric mirrors and VC should of be standard on an S car in my opinion.
 

Ron240

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It is rediculous, some of the options you have to pay for is a bit of joke, privacy glass, reversing camera, electric mirrors and VC should of be standard on an S car in my opinion.
Couldn't agree more.....especially for making the customer pay more for folding mirrors. :anguished:
Unfortunately that's "premium" brands for you.....they know we will buy them then still pay extra for what comes standard on cars costing half the price. Or not cause I don't have any of them apart from privacy glass. :(
 

Mythos

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Couldn't agree more.....especially for making the customer pay more for folding mirrors. :anguished:
Unfortunately that's "premium" brands for you.....they know we will buy them then still pay extra for what comes standard on cars costing half the price. Or not cause I don't have any of them apart from privacy glass. :(

Dont worry mate, privacy glass is the most important :icon thumright:
 

mfl

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It is rediculous, some of the options you have to pay for is a bit of joke, privacy glass, reversing camera, electric mirrors and VC should of be standard on an S car in my opinion.
you can add a rear armrest in the rear seat as well to that list, considering what you pay for a S3.

- like the colour, pefer the aluminium trim to the black
 

Adam14

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To be fair my S3 is pretty "basic" trim . Most important thing for me was the colour and B&O speakers. Could only afford a used car, think colour is one of the most important choices and with Ara you can't go far wrong.

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Mythos

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you can add a rear armrest in the rear seat as well to that list, considering what you pay for a S3.

- like the colour, pefer the aluminium trim to the black

Didn't even realise you have to pay for that?
 

mfl

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Didn't even realise you have to pay for that?
the aussie spec S3 come pretty much fully optioned and there are only a few option packs available , such as the sport seats, sunroof and B & O stereo, which is why the prices here start at around $70,000 (AUD)
 

TYb

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the aussie spec S3 come pretty much fully optioned and there are only a few option packs available , such as the sport seats, sunroof and B & O stereo, which is why the prices here start at around $70,000 (AUD)
$70k is circa £39k Sterling so similar pricing as over in the UK
 

ASBOST

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Didn't even realise you have to pay for that?

Yip... £250 if i recall! I thought i had speced this as the configurator was confusing on this part but shame on Audi for charging for this and folding mirrors which should be standard!
 

kevpuk

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Ara blue is ace.....wasn't really thinking about it when I bought my S3, but the salesman turned out to be right......and, much as I kinda begrudged the +£00~ for the red calipers, it does round off the look.
 

Tej13

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Ara is a lovely colour and worth the extra few quid in my opinion.

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dp_motley

2019 A3 35TFSI S line
Sorry for interfering with a question that isn't exactly on a subject of Ara Blue vs chrome, though my question IS about Ara blue :)
Is there vinyl wrap that looks exactly or very close to Ara Blue?
 

jassyo06

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Tom.H

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Gorgeous.. ... .Mate

Cheers mate, that's from last year but she hasn't really changed lol

Done a fair bit of mileage (for me anyway over the past couple of weeks) was in Northumberland week before last - we even crossed over in to Scotland - then down in Wiltshire this weekend just gone.
 

jassyo06

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Cheers mate, that's from last year but she hasn't really changed lol

Done a fair bit of mileage (for me anyway over the past couple of weeks) was in Northumberland week before last - we even crossed over in to Scotland - then down in Wiltshire this weekend just gone.
The engine should be well run in now mate, them exhaust trims look the nuts mate, Audi should give you this option free, my wee mums A1 black edition has black exhaust trims but they ain't up to the standard of yours
 

Tom.H

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The engine should be well run in now mate, them exhaust trims look the nuts mate, Audi should give you this option free, my wee mums A1 black edition has black exhaust trims but they ain't up to the standard of yours

They're the chrome ones in that pic, just look very dark mate. Actually keep toying with the idea of getting chrome ones again lol I do miss the look of those every time I see a car with them.
 

jassyo06

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They're the chrome ones in that pic, just look very dark mate. Actually keep toying with the idea of getting chrome ones again lol I do miss the look of those every time I see a car with them.
Black chrome lol we all think the grass is greener at times mate
 
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