The multi-award winning Audi A3 and S3 8L pre-facelift models are renowned for their trademark quality construction and driving dynamics. Audi A3 remained in production 1996-1999; Audi S3, 1999-2000. The lighting technology used in both models is however more than 20 years old today.
Factory-fitted options for the Audi A3 included H7 / H1 halogen and H4 halogen. The S3 came with a D2S / H7 single-xenon headlight. All headlights were made by Hella.
The halogen Audi A3 versions feature an old reflector-type headlight with fluted lenses, producing an average light beam. In many cases, the light output has been further compromised as a cause of aging and the reflective layer to peel off.
An Audi A3 projector retrofit will produce a somewhat distorted beam, but it will still be better than with a plug-and-play xenon kit.
The S3 single- xenon setup feature a 2.5-inch projector, designed in the late 90s. These projectors are known to lose their reflective layer, where they become black inside, causing dangerously low light output.
Needless to say, buying new or used original headlights for your Audi A3 8L is not recommended. But there is fortunately no need for that. Whether your car was factory-fitted with H7 / H1, H4 halo or D2S / H7 single-xenon headlights, there are upgrade kits that will fit inside your existing headlights.
These complete retrofit kits not only provide you with superior brightness and durability; they are also more affordable than average Audi A3 8L xenon headlights with bulbs and ballasts, and since all components are brand new, they come with a 2-year warranty. Additional benefits over OEM headlights include Canbus-proof designs and effortless halogen-to-xenon conversions. What’s more, the levelling systems will work without any adjustments to the headlight connectors, and you can use any ballasts that you might already own to save further on xenon upgrades.
No matter which retrofit upgrade kit you pick, you will improve the light output considerably, making for safer and more enjoyable driving. And, of course, your Audi A3 8L will look awesome with the luxurious bright light of the latest xenon technology.