Limited Edition

What Makes The America-Only Audi S3 Exclusive Edition So Damn Exclusive?

Audi announces a limited run model, but is it worth the extra cash?

It's always nice to feel special. And now that Audi has finally given us the higher-performance S3 version of its successful A3 sedan, the company has decided to do the American market one better by offering a limited edition, 25 unit run of the S3 which will be named the S3 Exclusive Edition. With such a promising name, what does the company have in store for 25 lucky Americans who'll be willing to shell out $16,000-18,000 over the S3's $41,000 base price? Well, it turns out the exclusivity is mostly just a matter of color.

The 25 cars will be given unique paint jobs in Misano Red, Sepang Blue, Vegas Yellow, Viper Green and Glut orange. The first two will cost $57,250, while the yellow, orange and green sedans will set buyers back $59,900. With five units of each to be produced, buyers will also get the Prestige pack, a $9,000 option on the regular S3 that includes 19-inch wheels, sports seats, contrast stitching and colored inlays. No performance upgrades complement the exclusivity, but you can still enjoy the standard 2.0-liter turbo, 286 hp and 0-60 mph times of 4.8 seconds for no extra charge. Is the unique paint worth the extra cash? We're guessing that 25 buyers will say 'yes'.

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