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An exhilarating Audi S3 Quattro with 13 Audi services and 52,693 miles.
Fully zinc galvanised body, Xenon headlights, colour keyed side rubbing strips, colour coded heated door mirrors, heated windscreen washer jets, power steering, remote control central locking, Driver Information System (DIS), electronic climate control, adjustable red instrument illumination, leather sports steering wheel, lights on warning buzzer, electric windows. Factory options: Acoustic parking system, heated front seats, BOSE sound system, CD autochanger.
This very early Audi S3 is finished in desirable Imola Yellow, (Code LY1C), which has a commanding presence and striking appearance. The lowered sports chassis and short overhangs give the car a muscular look that defy the 1999 production date. A scuff to the very lower front bumper and evidence of some remedial paint do not detract from the amazing condition. Distinguishing features such as the special grille, deep apron, large air intake and integrated roof spoiler combined with the ‘S’ badges and large double exhaust inform all this is a very rare and special car. Clearly pampered.
Opening the doors to this special vehicle immediately greets the owner with aluminium sill trims with the S3 emblem and the visual delights continue from then on. The electric Recaro sports seats with Ergomatic lumber support are finished in Black Silk Nappa leather, (Code N1U/AE), are in fantastic preserved condition. The leather rimmed sports steering wheel with the S3 emblem and the ‘quattro’ badge on the glove box remind both the driver and passenger of the impressive performance and safety enjoyed by this model. All controls function perfectly and the DIS information screen shows all red digits with no leakage. Door shuts are spotless and the boot area contains the identification sticker matched to the service book. A very clean and unspoilt interior and Quattro heaven!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The advanced high-torque 1.8 litre 4-cylinder 210bhp turbo 20-valve engine is free-revving all the way up to an electronically limited 6800rpm and with regular Audi Main Dealer servicing, performs faultlessly. A timing belt, water bump and Haldex filter change were all carried at 51,348 miles in September 2016 and the latest service at Warrington Audi was at 52,289 miles in January 2018. The 6-speed close ratio gearbox features an ultra-light magnesium casing combined with a short travel clutch allowing fast accurate gear changing and exhilarating performance. Top speed is quoted at 148mph and 0-60mph in 6.8 seconds. The engine bay is detailed.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Stunning Avus 17 inch alloy wheels standard to the S3 are unmarked and shod in matching Firestone 225/45 R17 tyres with ample even tread. Powerful ventilated discs all round using Anti-lock Brake System, (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) provides low fade high performance stopping power. A great look and formidable combination.
The ‘S’ Quattro models have built a loyal following with enthusiasts and are specialist cars built in relatively small numbers and this example represents a very early S3 having been registered by Audi Main Dealers Loders in Somerset on the 28th July 1999. The service history gives a clear indication how impeccably maintained this Audi is with no less than 13 Main Dealer entries and two specialist services. The last visit was at Warrington Audi in January 2018 at 52,289 miles and the mileage is warranted. The vehicle is supplied with all handbooks including a fully stamped service book which makes impressive reading. Two sets of keys are present and even the original sales brochure. Look no further for an unspoilt, preserved and fastidiously maintained Audi S3 Quattro already confirmed as a modern classic.
MOT September 2019, HPI Clear.
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