Oops sorry, I'm new to this forum. Would like some information on the differences between the S-Line & S3 front bumper. Which has a larger side air vent located at the fog lights area? Anybody have pictures for a better comparison? Cheers.
Thanks mate... was contemplating between buying either of the two front bumpers as replacement. Didn't have much information as the cars haven't been launched yet. :icon_thumright:Its obvious the S3 would be bigger than the S-Line anyway cause of the engine & intercoolers.
from what we understand fitting the 2009 front bumper to a pre 09 car will require a new bonnet, a new grille and new headlights as the bumper is a different shape.Thanks mate... was contemplating between buying either of the two front bumpers as replacement. Didn't have much information as the cars haven't been launched yet. :icon_thumright:
By the way, just for opinion's sake... Which bumper do you think looks better?
I've already booked my ride, it's the 2009 A3 sportback (Facelift). But it would only arrive in end Nov and there's no S-line options for the bumpers. My bumper would be similar to the picture below.from what we understand fitting the 2009 front bumper to a pre 09 car will require a new bonnet, a new grille and new headlights as the bumper is a different shape.
Thanks mate, appreciate that. Cheers.When you see them in the flesh, side by side, there's not much in it (there was a clear difference on the pre-facelift S-line/S3).
I agree, the S3 does look better but that's because of the grille
When my new S-line arrives i'll take some measurements of the grille, i'll keep an eye out at my local stealers to see if they get a facelift S3 so I can check my measurements against that.
My ride is the 2009 A3 Sportback, 5 door standard model. Would there still be problems installing the rear bumper? Was told that rear bumer conversion to S3 would not be a problem as long as it's a full bumper replacement and not just the rear valence. Front bumper and side skirts wise, no hassle. Am I getting the correct infomation from my sources?are you looking to fit them to a standard 2009 model, or a pre-post facelift model? if you are fiting them to anything other than a 2009 model then you will more than likely need a new bonnet and headlight cluster too, as well as a new front grille.
The rear diffuser may also not fit properly to a non S3 model as the exhaust pipes are a couple of millimeters further to the right on the S3 than the standard models. You would have to cut the bumper to make it fit.
The facelift 3 door model is also one centimeter longer than the pre-2009 model so you would need to make sure that the additional one centimeter is not in the wheelbase, otherwise the 2009 sideskirts will not fit properly. Having said that, if the extra centimeter is at the front of the car (which it may be for european safety regulations) then you may also need a new front wing since the bumper would be 1cm longer. You may also need a new re-inforcement bar at the front if the bumper is going to be 1cm further forward than the old one.
As you can see from the above it is not clear what is required to do the job and until somebody is brave enough to just go and buy the bits and then buy more bits as needed and then buy more bits until the car is either finished or the money runs out we won't be able to give a definitive answer on what parts are needed or how to do the job.
Cheers mate...still think you'll have problems with the rear diffuser due to the offset of the exhaust pipes, and I suspect you might need a new reinforcement bar for the front.
MattAndrew did a pre-09 S-Line to S3 front bumper upgrade on N8KOW's car last year. He might be able to advise better.