_Tribute to the Audi we never liked.

Audi launched the A3 in 1996, and that time it was nothing more than a Golf with the famous rings emblem. First they released the car as a 3-doors, later they added a couple of doors extra, and immediately dumped the little of cool it ever had. Sorry, we don’t really like compact cars with five doors since they are as exciting as watching paint dry.

Mom and dad’s drinking problem. Today we are a few decades later, and Audi pulled it off with their A3 model line. For example, they have this cool sportback, a car that looks like a station wagon, but isn’t one. And there’s the sedan, as shown in the attached images. It’s how we drew cars as a kid. The engine in front, room for mammy and daddy, a rear bench for me and my thick-headed brother and a trunk for dad’s beer, mom’s cleaning products and our football. Or in case you find this to stereotype… mom’s whiskey, dad’s shaving cream and our ballet outfits. 

The speech that never happened. Hairdressers worldwide had an overwhelming moment when Audi launched the A3 convertible in 2008. Although it made also people sick, and Fidel Castro even retired as the president of Cuba. In fact, this became such a pickle in the US, that they even elected a black president to come up with a speech. The fact that he never did was solely an implementation issue in his agenda. Apparently he had a couple of national and international things going on that claimed his priority at that time.

About great minds. It was back in 2013 when Audi released the sedan, and claimed it wasn’t a mini version of the A4 sedan. We all know better. Though for the first time we saw a A3 model with potential. We thought, it would be cool if they decided to release an S3 edition, though it would be cool times two if they smacked the RS3 badge on it. And since great minds think alike, we now stand face to face with an Audi A3 we can actually appreciate and respect. 

As sticky as number two. Here we have a clear case of MC Hammer’s 1990’s hit ‘U can’t touch this’. The owner is just fine with the way that Audi fabricated the RS4, and so he left it as stock as possible. The only room for improvement was found while driving the car. The suspension needed a sportier touch, and so KW automotive came to the rescue with a touch of purple and yellow. We had the pleasure to drive this car through the curving roads of Fichtenberg, and can assure you that this RS3 was as sticky as a fresh load in a babies diaper. 

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Suspension Tech Info: The current Audi RS3 sedan with its 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine is already 25 millimeters lower than a boring normal Audi A3, and is a superfast beast. But even a sports car like the RS3 will benefit from the perfect road handling of a KW Variant 3 coilover suspension kit. The KW Variant 3 is the ideal accessory for performance-oriented drivers who place a high demand on sportiness and ride comfort at their vehicles. The V3 dampers are separately adjustable in rebound (TVR-A Technology) and compression (TVC-A Technology) damping allow an extensive damper setup. So it is easy to directly influence the steering behavior, directional stability, tire grip and handling characteristics for a safe controllability at the limit of driving physics.

// KW Variant 3 coilover suspension kit in detail:

  • TVC-A (Twin Valve Compression-Adjustable) and TVR-A (Twin Valve Rebound-Adjustable) Technology
  • Indpendently adjustable damping technology for rebound and compression stage
  • 16 precise clicks available for individual settings in rebound
  • 12 precise clicks the adjustable compression stage valve settings
  • Made of stainless steel
  • Linear and progressive springs
  • Stepless and approved lowering range (Audi RS3 sedan 8V) 10 – 35 mm on both axles


For more information: https://www.kwsuspensions.net/products/coilovers/variant3

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