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Old 08-12-2014, 06:49 AM   #1
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Does anyone know if the black styling package for the front grate and the trim around the windows will be available in the US? It's not available in the new car build for audi usa and I didn't see it on the order form.

It's available on other country's configurators, such as Australia.

Anyone have any idea? I think the car looks so much better with the black styling.
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It is not on the order guide, so likely not. They may be saving this for an RS version?
In any event I am not fond of it - too shiny. For me shiny=cheap looking.
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It is not on the order guide, so likely not. They may be saving this for an RS version?
In any event I am not fond of it - too shiny. For me shiny=cheap looking.
What do you mean too shiny? It's just the trim around the windows and the color of the front grate. If anything it's less shiny than the normal chrome.

First one standard, second one w/ the black styling package


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that Black styling makes the car look very base, like the base A3 premium without the chrome options.
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that Black styling makes the car look very base, like the base A3 premium without the chrome options.
Everyone has their own tastes, but I happen to agree with you.
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If it looks like the black styling pkg I have seen, the grate (I guess that would be grille in the US) material looks like high-sheen plastic, whereas the chrome looks more like metal.
Depending on the body color I would could go with either option. To me the black styling pkg is too much of a contrast with colors like White or Silver, but I think on a medium-dark color (Gray, Red, Blue or Black) it would look good, if you prefer the blacked-out look.
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that Black styling makes the car look very base, like the base A3 premium without the chrome options.
I can see where you're coming from. I think those pictures don't really do it justice. I just love the way the black looks, especially from the front.


I think it looks great in this video. With dark rims, a black sunroof top, and no license plate in the front so it looks even better blacked out, I think it would look really sharp.

But like everyone's said, we all have our own tastes.
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hopefully they decide to add the black styling option in the US in a few months *fingers crossed* If not there is always the body shop
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Is the ASpec S3 going to have the black paint around the sunroof in the front half of the roof like in the A3?
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Is the ASpec S3 going to have the black paint around the sunroof in the front half of the roof like in the A3?
It should.

Although its not shown in the S3 pic or the S3 video here, but I think that's because its the European A3/S3 displayed which does not have the pan-moonroof. Where moonroof was marketed as a standard feature to the A3/S3 here in the US.

Other things I noticed about the European A3/S3 is the headlights don't have that orange tip on the end, its white.

The European A3s have fog lights.

The D-shape sport wheel is offered up in A3 models with the S-line.

In contrast, the Indian market that just got the A3 has got it the worse. They don't get the round sport wheel that standard here in the US, they get the older A4 style wheel, and their seats don't appear to be complete leather, and their dash has plastic trim instead of the aluminum.

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Ah i see, I didn't know the black roof was only found with the moonroof, thanks.
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Perhaps the roof could be wrapped to achieve that look
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:59 PM   #13
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The gloss black grille comes with the S-Line parts that are standard on the A3 "Prestige" package. (I have one) It will be standard on the S3.

Funny that I thought my sport package would have the steering wheel that is flat bottomed, but it still has the round wheel. (Not a big deal to me) But Audi is bringing some options for these cars over time.

When I bought my "Prestige" I ended up with the 10 spoke optional 18" wheels, that are very nice, but I really wanted the five spoke black and polished sport wheels. No dealer that I contacted had even seen those wheels on a car at the time I bought my car (mid May). Now they are even coming on Premium Plus cars as a simple option. I checked the Audi "build" page and they now are a listed option, yet they were nowhere to be seen on the website when I purchased my car, even though all the print adds and even TV commercials had them on the car. And now the sport package will offer a flat bottomed wheel as it was supposed to from the beginning.

So, as I said earleri, Audi is cranking these things out as they need them for the S3 production coming up soon, and did not really worry too much about them not all being available from the start of basic production. My dealer had A3's on the lot for two months before they even got their first "Prestige" A3. I bought it the day after it arrived at the dealer.

I am not saying this to complain, but rather just to make sense out of how things are being rolled out on this car line. If I had waited and just ordered a car (3 months wait) I could have had both my favorite wheels and the flat bottomed wheel. But they offerred me a great discount and a superb price on my trade in (which was soon about to drop in value on the NADA/Kelley book due to mileage) so I went ahead and pulled the trigger as it is a beautiful car and the wait would not have been worth the cost in the long run.

Bottom line is the car is fantastic, and my wife loves it! Since I own a sports car already, I never really wanted a S3, but something that I could enjoy driving yet offerred different characteristics than an "all out" sports sedan. The 2.0T 220HP Quattro, combined with the sport package and all the S-Line body parts was just perfect for my purposes.

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