Is it time to change the discs on your Audi A3?

6/6/2016

Smooth, perforated, slotted or sport. These are the four different Brembo solutions to choose from for your Audi A3.

​It seems like yesterday that you were driving away from the dealership in your brand new Audi A3. A car that we are sure gives you great satisfaction. That much is clear from the miles you've driven since the first time you placed your hands on its steering wheel. So many that it is now time to replace the discs and pads so you can return the braking system to full efficiency.


 

Only a seemingly simple choice, because it is not true that all discs are the same and it is especially not true that all brands are the same. For example, no one can boast the experience (and wins) that Brembo has matured over more than 40 years of Formula 1. Experience that has been transferred over into production of the systems made for factory cars. Brembo has dipped into its production range to offer you 4 different solutions to replace your system. Four alternatives just like the 4 suits in a deck of cards. Make your selection. But remember to change the pads as well, because using worn friction material could ruin your new discs quickly.


 

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Brembo Classic: the brake disc equivalent to the original

Even those without exceedingly high expectations cannot forget a simple principle: the quality of a brake disc is synonymous with safety and reliable performance. On the other hand, using only price as your criteria for choosing would be a serious mistake in assessment for which only later would you realise the consequences. Brembo discs are fully equivalent to the discs that your Audi A3 mounted when it rolled out of the factory.


 

Depending on the car model, discs can have a few advantages, such as the special “High Carbon” composition, pillar ventilation or UV painting. High Carbon (HC) material, thanks to the high percentage of carbon in the chemical composition of the cast iron, reduces vibrations and noise during braking providing superior driving comfort. Pillar ventilation, on the other hand, increases the disc's cooling capacity and improves resistance to thermal cracks by 40% compared to fin-ventilation.


 

Finally, UV painting treatment, thanks to the exclusive metallic finish, provides an attractive aesthetic impact and high corrosion resistance, not to mention being environmentally friendly. In any case, the recommended pads to use with them come from the Brembo range. Born out of racing experience and collaboration with car manufacturers, Brembo pads always guarantee the best solutions in terms of performance, comfort and long life for all cars

 

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Brembo Xtra: the perforated disc for more efficient braking

 

If for you change means improvement, you can't help but take Brembo perforated discs into consideration. Christened Brembo Xtra, they stand out for their attractive aesthetic effect and their brilliant and efficient performance in any braking conditions. Credit for this goes to the holes on the braking surface that increase grip, especially in the initial braking phases, even at high temperatures and even on wet surfaces. Also, thanks to the holes there is a scraping effect that cleans the surface of the pad, removing dangerous material deposits. And the holes also guarantee heat and gas dispersion, all to the benefit of performance. No small advantages that go hand in hand with a sporty look, enhanced by the UV painting.

 

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Brembo Max: the slotted disc for more decisive braking

 

Another solution to benefit from superior braking response is provided by slotted discs. Known as Brembo Max, they guarantee higher performance than standard discs in the initial phases of braking. The particular grooving designed by Brembo also ensures constant renewal of the friction material preventing the phenomenon of pad glazing.

        

More than anything, Brembo Max stands out for the presence of grooving which, when it disappears, indicates that you have reached the minimum recommended disc thickness. This is a guarantee for those users who like to keep an eye on things for themselves in order to change the discs only when they have confirmed wear

 

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Brembo Sport: the brake disc (slotted or perforated) for sport use

 

For those, on the other hand, who alternate use of their A3 between the road and the track, the ideal solution is the Brembo Sport disc line. Available both perforated and grooved, they are designed to minimise thermal distortion and deformation of the disc in conditions of sever use.

        

All without sacrificing the benefits of long life and comfort provided by the best road discs, as long as they are combined with pads from the same line.

        

All Brembo Sport discs are subjected to a zinc plating treatment that makes them more resistant to corrosion and gives the Audi A3 a more aggressive look. There is also no problem for installation because they are the same size as factory original discs and they are fully compatible with the factory calipers and wheels.

        

We recommend using Brembo Sport discs with Brembo Sport pads, designed and tested for primarily sport road use to provide excellent performance even without preheating at low speeds, thanks to a specific material that ensures constant friction at the entire temperature range.

 

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Here are the Audi A3 models and package versions that Brembo Classic, Brembo Xtra and Brembo Max discs are available for, as well as all the other products in the Brembo range such as brake pads, remanufactured brake calipers and hydraulic components.

 

AUDI A3 (8L1) dal 1996 – al 2003 (1.6, 1.8, 1.8 T, 1.8 T quattro, 1.9 TDI, 1.9 TDI quattro, S3 quattro)

AUDI A3 (8P1) dal 2003 – al 2012 (1.2 TSI, 1.4 TFSI, 1.6, 1.6 E-Power, 1.6 FSI, 1.6 TDI, 1.8 T, 1.8 TFSI, 1.8 TFSI quattro, 1.9 TDI, 2.0, 2.0 FSI, 2.0 TDI, 2.0 TDI 16V, 2.0 TDI 16V quattro, 2.0 TDI quattro, 2.0 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI quattro)

AUDI A3 (8V2) dal 2012 (1,2 TFSI, 1,4 TFSI, 1.6 TFSI, 1.8 TFSI, 1.8 TFSI quattro, 2.0 TDI, 2.0 TDI quattro)

AUDI  A3 Convertible (8P7) dal 2008 – al 2013 (1.2 TFSI, 1.4 TFSI, 1.6, 1.6 TDI1.8 TFSI, 1.9 TDI, 2.0 TDI, 2.0 TFSI)

AUDI  A3 Convertible (8V7) dal 2013 (1.4 TFSI, 1.6 TDI, 1.8 TFSI, 1.8 TFSI quattro, 2.0 TDI, 2.0 TDI quattro, S3 quattro)

AUDI  A3 Limousine (8VS) dal 2013 (1.2 TFSI, 1.4 TFSI, 1.6 TDI, 1.6 TDI quattro, 1.8 TFSI, 1.8 TFSI quattro, 2.0 TDI, 2.0 TDI quattro)

AUDI  A3 Sportback (8PA) dal 2004 – al 2013 (1.2 TSI, 1.4 TFSI, 1.6, 1.6 E-Power, 1.6 FSI, 1.6 TDI, 1.8 TFSI, 1.8 TFSI quattro, 1.9 TDI, 2.0, 2.0 FSI,
2.0 TDI, 2.0 TDI 16V, 2.0 TDI 16V quattro, 2.0 TDI quattro, 2.0 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI quattro)

AUDI A3 Sportback (8VA) dal 2012 (1.2 TFSI, 1.4 TFSI, 1.4 TFSI e-tron, 1.6 TDI, 1.6 TDI quattro, 1.8 TFSI, 1.8 TFSI quattro, 2.0 TDI, 2.0 TDI quattro)


 


 

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