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    RS3 Without Tech package/virtual cockpit

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    Hello all. One of my first posts to the forums but have been a long time lurker gathering info on the rs3. I just placed a deposit at my local Audi dealer, just waiting anxiously waiting on an allocation. I've been going back and forth on getting the tech package or not. For some reason I just prefer the old fashioned physical needles and dashboard. I don't need navigation either and can use my phone with google maps. Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm assuming the RS3 has android auto and apple car play even without the tech package? If so I can just use my phones nav like i said if needed. Are there any disadvantges to not getting the virtual cockpit? I know its kind of the future and will most likely help resale value etc but idk for sure. I'm just wondering if there's something other major ill be missing other than it being cool and having a gforce meter... Is there anyone here who ordered an rs3 without it? Will i regret it if I don't get it? Thoughts amd opinions are appreciated. Thanks!

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    RS3 Without Tech package/virtual cockpit

    I have not seen so far anyone order one without it, Iím sure that speaks for itself lol. The tach is pretty useful as it changes redline etc when engine is cold etc, plus all the info you get on the screen etc. Plus the better speakers and all the other good stuff the package brings. Im about 90% sure that apple car plays and android auto is part of that package, read it somewhere when i too was researching.

    I rather sacrifice other packages over the tech package thats for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noswalz View Post
    Hello all. One of my first posts to the forums but have been a long time lurker gathering info on the rs3. I just placed a deposit at my local Audi dealer, just waiting anxiously waiting on an allocation. I've been going back and forth on getting the tech package or not. For some reason I just prefer the old fashioned physical needles and dashboard. I don't need navigation either and can use my phone with google maps. Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm assuming the RS3 has android auto and apple car play even without the tech package? If so I can just use my phones nav like i said if needed. Are there any disadvantges to not getting the virtual cockpit? I know its kind of the future and will most likely help resale value etc but idk for sure. I'm just wondering if there's something other major ill be missing other than it being cool and having a gforce meter... Is there anyone here who ordered an rs3 without it? Will i regret it if I don't get it? Thoughts amd opinions are appreciated. Thanks!
    I too didnt care for the Virtual cockpit when I spec'ed my RS3 out but I had to have the B&O sound system so I ended up getting the technology package. Seeing the VC in person I'm glad I got it. I don't think Android Auto and Apple car play are included without the tech package. I've only seen one rs3 for sale online without the tech package and I've looked a lot. That being safe trade-in or resale will take hit without it IMO. I think GPS is still standard minus Google maps, but don't quote me. If Android auto/Car play is not standard, a big regret at least for me would be the inability to run WAZE on the HUD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emokeff View Post
    I too didnt care for the Virtual cockpit when I spec'ed my RS3 out but I had to have the B&O sound system so I ended up getting the technology package. Seeing the VC in person I'm glad I got it. I don't think Android Auto and Apple car play are included without the tech package. I've only seen one rs3 for sale online without the tech package and I've looked a lot. That being safe trade-in or resale will take hit without it IMO. I think GPS is still standard minus Google maps, but don't quote me. If Android auto/Car play is not standard, a big regret at least for me would be the inability to run WAZE on the HUD.
    The RS3 has a HUD?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!????????!!?????????

    To the OP - though I am in a TT-RS, and also don't need a Navi, the Tech/Virtual Cockpit is definitely worth it. I would have regretted it if I hadn't gotten it. It would be a mistake not to get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spawn350 View Post
    The RS3 has a HUD?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!????????!!?????????

    To the OP - though I am in a TT-RS, and also don't need a Navi, the Tech/Virtual Cockpit is definitely worth it. I would have regretted it if I hadn't gotten it. It would be a mistake not to get it.
    Sorry I misspoke,I meant the pop-up display.

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    No problem in getting it without. It is definitely kool to have, but not a deal breaker for me. If I could pickup a base rs3 for a decent discount I would do it. The way i see it, you can use the $$$ saved for mods. (Wheels, suspension, exhaust,tune).

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    Thanks for the feedback so far - I did forget about the B&O sound system... however the real sound system is under the hood! haha :)

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    Get it, you will regret it if you don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clod View Post
    Get it, you will regret it if you don't.
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    It would be a mistake to not get it...sure base is $54k. But most can get an RS3 for 57-59 so really not too much for an epic package.
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    I would be surprised if the dealer allowed you to order it without the popular packages (tech/dynamic). It would be a mistake to cheap out on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OE2 View Post
    I would be surprised if the dealer allowed you to order it without the popular packages (tech/dynamic). It would be a mistake to cheap out on it.
    Dealer can't prevent you from ordering it the way you want it.

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    Are you saying you can run Waze on the pop up display? Is that from an Android phone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerStroke View Post
    Are you saying you can run Waze on the pop up display? Is that from an Android phone?
    Yes I can and do daily since radar detectors are illegal in Virginia (even though I run my Uniden R1 sometimes) I have the Android auto app on my phone and just download the Waze up and plug in your phone (phone has to be plugged in for now).
    I believe iPhones can do it too via Car play.

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    Checked the specs on audiusa. Base rs3 comes with android auto and apple car play. It all comes down to if you must have B&O and VC.

    Ttrs comes with VC even on base model. Maybe they will make it default for rs3 in 2019.

    I am seeing some rs3 just sitting on lots now past a month. I feel like dealers will be making some more fair deals soon. So it may be a moot point. If you can get a few grand off, then I'd just get the tech package.

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    This is Kool and now you got me thinking if I can make this work on my s3....

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    Quote Originally Posted by shivaswrath View Post
    It would be a mistake to not get it...sure base is $54k. But most can get an RS3 for 57-59 so really not too much for an epic package.
    agreed to the max! when you see it in action you won't want the old school cluster trust me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shivaswrath View Post
    It would be a mistake to not get it...sure base is $54k. But most can get an RS3 for 57-59 so really not too much for an epic package.
    With tech, dynamic, and black optic pack I got a bottom line price of 60500 for my order. This was after a 3% discount. You really think I should ask for more off and could get it to 57-59ish? The dealer profit number i saw on my sales guys computer at my price above was only around 1500. I seemed pretty set on that price too so asking more off now may have him rolling his eyes after a deposit etc.

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    Also thanks for all the input. I think you have all convinced me to get it lol. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by noswalz View Post
    Also thanks for all the input. I think you have all convinced me to get it lol. :)
    I think it's one of the cooler features of the car (motor aside). Had the pleasure of playing with it after an RS3 test drive the other day and was really impressed.

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    how hard is it to upgrade sound system in a new rs3? im sure you can just go aftermarket if you must have the B & O sound system...

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