Audi Black Edition wants you to turn to the dark side
Whether you’re a Jedi or not, Audi seem intent on turning you to the dark side thanks to a large variety of their models being given the Black Edition treatment.
It’s no secret that black remains one of the most popular choices when it comes to car colour, and Audi hope to take that a step further with a more widespread integration of the dark tinted top of the range specification option on their models.
This will include the latest A3 and S3, TT and TT Roadster, S6 and S7 Sportback models. Available from this month, these new variants join the first ever Black Edition version of the recently released Q3 compact SUV.
In the A3 three-door, five-door Sportback and Saloon ranges, Black Edition specification is offered as a step up from the top S line trim.
It brings special 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with a matt titanium finish and darkened privacy glass extending from the B pillar rearwards, plus of course a distinctive black finish for the Single Frame grille surround, air inlets, window cappings and door mirrors. Inside, the ambiance is also enriched by a 10-speaker Audi Sound System.
With the S3 three-door and Sportback, the Black Edition models combine the new colour-coding with 18-inch five-arm Turbine design wheels. The S3 Saloon Black Edition models upgrade to a 19-inch five-arm wing design corresponding in size with the 19-inch wheel used by ‘standard’ S3 Saloon models.
Internally all three variants also benefit from a Bang & Olufsen audio system in place of the Audi Sound System normally included with the S3 spec.
The Black Edition formula is applied in a similar manner to the TT and TTS Coupe and Roadster models, but in these versions 19-inch five-spoke Blade design alloy wheels and Bang & Olufsen audio form part of the package, as does an additional powered wind deflector for the Roadster.
The Q3 range adopts the Black Edition specification for the first time in its production as part of a range of upgrades.
Replacing the S line plus model, it builds on that version’s already extensive specification not only with its black styling package and 19-inch 10-Y-spoke design alloy wheels with their black diamond cut finish, but also with standard metallic paint, privacy glass and a BOSE sound system upgrade.
The S6 and S6 Avant Black Edition models have similar styling additions, combining these with 20-inch five twin spoke alloy wheels, while S7 Sportback Black Edition models move up to a 21-inch five-arm Rotor design.
Inside, in addition to piano black inlays, both models gain a BOSE sound system and a flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel.