S3 Ara Blue - Black edition or not?

samo26

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Well after been let down by Huddersfield Audi on a Navarra blue S3 I'm over the moon to see Ara blue introduced!

Got to let the garage know my final choice tomorrow soooo black edition or not? Pic attached!
 

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Audi Bairn

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Personally I don't like the BE wheels much, so I'd go for the non-BE unless I was changing the wheel choice.
 

GSB

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I prefer the chrome. The chrome grill in particular is really very good looking.
 

SpeedyFrog

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If BE change the wheels! They sure don't look good...
 

Flying Scotsman

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I went with standard finish...did not like the wheels, rear diffuser or blacked out chrome grill surround. My chariot is supposed to be built in the next week or so. Then a 10 week wait for shipping etc.
Actually those wheels are marginally better than the Canadian choice, which looks awful in my opinion, also note my S3 is a saloon and the diffuser is different also
 
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samo26

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I went with standard finish...did not like the wheels, rear diffuser or blacked out chrome grill surround. My chariot is supposed to be built in the next week or so. Then a 10 week wait for shipping etc.
When did you order ? what have they quoted for build as Iv asked to wait till 1st March.

Apparently factory shuts for two week at Christmas.
 

Flying Scotsman

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I ordered on September 1st and build date week 45 (November 5th). Ara Blue was available to order here way back in July but the start of production of that colour would be week 45.
 

samo26

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I ordered on September 1st and build date week 45 (November 5th). Ara Blue was available to order here way back in July but the start of production of that colour would be week 45.
Oh I see so when my build gets submitted tomorrow March delivery will be around right? Don't want it sat for weeks waiting!
 

samo26

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BE alloys similar to RS3? or am I forcing myself to like arghh!
 

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samo26

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S3 BE and RS3 compared the rs3 are 19's.
 

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VWNCC

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1) I can't stand the BE 18" wheels.

2) I can't stand the S3 standard chrome grille and window trims, unless the car is black.

Wheels are easy to change, trims are not. I'd take the BE anyday. You can just get the optional wheels for the BE.
 

AudiNutta

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Aluminium pack only!! Don't even consider the black!!

Those wheels are horrendous, get the 19's on it.. well worth it.
 

samo26

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talked myself out of black edition tonight can't risk it with the alloys i don't think!...

Bang and olfusen is it worth the extra ££?
 

AudiNutta

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Bang and olfusen is it worth the extra ££?

YES!!!!!! Please don't order one without! The Audi system is c**p. I had the basic system in my A3 which wasn't bad, the next up Audi system in my S3 with the sub and it's absolute nonsense. There is no bass whatsoever and when you turn it right up, you get 1/4 up through the volume and the speakers started to back off to protect themselves. Even on 0 bass, after 1/2 the speakers are protecting themselves and it's so disappointing.

I'm holding onto the hope of being able to retrofit B&O, regardless of cost.

Buy it!!
 

samo26

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YES!!!!!! Please don't order one without! The Audi system is c**p. I had the basic system in my A3 which wasn't bad, the next up Audi system in my S3 with the sub and it's absolute nonsense. There is no bass whatsoever and when you turn it right up, you get 1/4 up through the volume and the speakers started to back off to protect themselves. Even on 0 bass, after 1/2 the speakers are protecting themselves and it's so disappointing.

I'm holding onto the hope of being able to retrofit B&O, regardless of cost.

Buy it!!
Looks like you have made my mind up!! B and O it is!
 

Simon L

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Chrome and B&O for sure. You can get shot of the window trims easily enough if they bother you but as said above chrome grill is where it's at :)

The BE wheels are bad news.........they make the RS3 ones look like the design triumph of the century in comparison lol
 

SpeedyFrog

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Chrome grille looks very ugly and dated...

Black optics all the way, unless your car is black!
Nah the chrome grill does not look ugly and dated. On darker colours it's the dogs ******** mate!
Plus if it's so fugly why would you even want it on a black car?!? :blink:
The window trims yeah it's 50/50...
 
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Gordo77

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Nah the chrome grill does not look ugly and dated. On darker colours it's the dogs ******** mate!
Plus if it's so fugly why would you even want it on a black car?!? :blink:
The window trims yeah it's 50/50...

I reckon the chrome grill sets the S3 apart, in a subtle classy way. Agree about the contrast on darker colours.
 

batch

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I'll be speccing different wheels if I get a BE next. Hideous. But I love the BSP styling.
 

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T-Cut King !
Only a opinion of a black edition and it's alloys can be made by seeing one in the metal....and l am sure we will all like once someone posts a BE,l like me BSP etc etc,and l am sure the larger new front grille will look even better with more impact, the chrome grille looks uber classy full stop.....STUNNING infact
 

ice_cube99

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Defo silver at the moment (only because of the wheels) but like jassy says can't really decide on the BE wheels until we see one properly.

I have always tended to favour the BE but for some reason not now. Maybe getting older has something to do with it.
 

VWNCC

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Nah the chrome grill does not look ugly and dated. On darker colours it's the dogs ******** mate!
Plus if it's so fugly why would you even want it on a black car?!? :blink:
The window trims yeah it's 50/50...

I never said fugly. Maybe The chrome just doesn't look good unless it is on a black car or very dark colours like Navarrra blue for example.

I reckon the chrome grill sets the S3 apart, in a subtle classy way. Agree about the contrast on darker colours.

Oh, I agree that it sets the S3 apart, but from the "look and style" perspective, a blacked out grill looks far better unless the car is dark so that contrast is desired. Setting it apart as being cheesy and old fashioned is not ideal in my books.

Notice how the RS3 doesn't have chrome girlle. Even the non black optics version has blacked out honey-comb grille with matte silver surrounds. That looks far better than S3's chrome grille.
 

Simon L

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I never said fugly. Maybe The chrome just doesn't look good unless it is on a black car or very dark colours like Navarrra blue for example.



Oh, I agree that it sets the S3 apart, but from the "look and style" perspective, a blacked out grill looks far better unless the car is dark so that contrast is desired. Setting it apart as being cheesy and old fashioned is not ideal in my books.

Notice how the RS3 doesn't have chrome girlle. Even the non black optics version has blacked out honey-comb grille with matte silver surrounds. That looks far better than S3's chrome grille.

The 'two-tone' RS3 grill doesn't look right in my book either!

If you prefer black fine, but have one or the other lol

This is how you do an RS grill properly...................:whistle2:

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or this..........................



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Flying Scotsman

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As, I have said before the BE or "black optics" on the S3 does nothing for me. The standard chrome makes it stand out as an S3. Now the RS3 is a different matter love the front and rear black package...I have always been partial to looking at a nice rear end not as obvious as looking at the headlights :whistle2:
 
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Gordo77

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The 'two-tone' RS3 grill doesn't look right in my book either!

If you prefer black fine, but have one or the other lol

This is how you do an RS grill properly...................:whistle2:

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or this..........................



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You mean honeycomb? Yeah, I like that!
 

VWNCC

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As, I have said before the BE or "black optics" on the S3 does nothing for me. The standard chrome makes it stand out as an S3. Now the RS3 is a different matter love the front and rear black package...I have always been partial to looking at a nice rear end not as obvious as looking at the headlights :whistle2:

Maybe I am more subtle, I am not getting an S3 to stand out. Also, standing out in a bad way is pointless to me.
 

VWNCC

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i disagree its defo not ugly and dated at all
the more i look at the black grill it reminds me of a standard a3

To each their own, but the blacked out S3 is a lot more stylish than a non S-line A3. The non S-line A3 grille is not even black. It is a grey plastic.

I reckon that the S-line A3 grille with the glossy black looks even better than the S3 chrome grille.

Let's just accept that people have different preference and different taste.
 

ammo-mcr

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To each their own, but the blacked out S3 is a lot more stylish than a non S-line A3. The non S-line A3 grille is not even black. It is a grey plastic.

I reckon that the S-line A3 grille with the glossy black looks even better than the S3 chrome grille.

Let's just accept that people have different preference and different taste.

i might plastic dip it to gloss black just to see if it grows on me if not ill rip it off and bring it back to chrome
 

SW14NY'S

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YES!!!!!! Please don't order one without! The Audi system is c**p. I had the basic system in my A3 which wasn't bad, the next up Audi system in my S3 with the sub and it's absolute nonsense. There is no bass whatsoever and when you turn it right up, you get 1/4 up through the volume and the speakers started to back off to protect themselves. Even on 0 bass, after 1/2 the speakers are protecting themselves and it's so disappointing.

I'm holding onto the hope of being able to retrofit B&O, regardless of cost.

Buy it!!

I have the Audi Sound System fitted in my Pre-FL S3 and once configured there is tons of bass & volume???....sound has to be configured for every selection though.....Radio/Media/SDCard etc......one configuration doesn't do all...if that makes sense ....but I'm well chuffed
 

GSB

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