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I was looking at this picture and was thinking that the back tail lights don't look quite right to me. I think it would be better if they expanded onto the side of the car instead of being contained to the hatch. Just my 2 cents.
 

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I was looking at this picture and was thinking that the back tail lights don't look quite right to me. I think it would be better if they expanded onto the side of the car instead of being contained to the hatch. Just my 2 cents.
I hear what you're saying but the problem with that is now the tail lamp would need to be a 2 piece affair instead of the single piece. Its not much but it adds a production cost, multiplied by the however many thousands will be sold globally and it adds up to quite the expense...
 

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I like how the rear end looks, no complains aside from the exhaust tips, it might have been better with a squared exhaust tip
 

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Yea I could see how square exhaust pipes would look better. I stand by my original criticism of the tail lights though. I understand why they did it now when you mention cost, but there must be other design options that would have looked better. I think the current taillights don't look very well integrated into the rest of the design. Maybe without the decals it would look slightly better.
 

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yea I hear you Otto, it does look a tad unfinished.



But I think its just because the Clamshell is a relatively unique tail gate design. Although the new MKC also uses a clamshell rear hatch and integrates the lamps in much better...



I think the difference visually is that the Audi pushes its lamps all the way to the edge using the hatch break as its border where as the MKC leave sheet metal between the break and the lamp giving the apperance that its supposed to be that way.

I hope that makes more sense than the rambling pseudo design analysis it looks like, LOL :D
 

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it's just our opinions, not everyone will think about it the same way, some might like it others will dislike it
 

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You have a good point. The MKC without the bar in the middle would look better to me, even very audi-like.
No, I think the light bar is one of the best design features that Lincoln and the MKC have going for it.

I do agree with what was said about making the taillights not go right to the edge of the hatch. Maybe that would fix what I saw as being weird with the taillights. There just seems to be something missing from them from my perspective. Perhaps more use of the light tube stuff that they have in the headlights could also help.
 

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No, I think the light bar is one of the best design features that Lincoln and the MKC have going for it.

I do agree with what was said about making the taillights not go right to the edge of the hatch. Maybe that would fix what I saw as being weird with the taillights. There just seems to be something missing from them from my perspective. Perhaps more use of the light tube stuff that they have in the headlights could also help.
absolutely. Yea its the line break that really does in the look, there is not a smooth visual transition to the tail lights. Your sightline is interupted by thr clamshell break and is never allowed to recover before having the tail lights shoved down your throat.

Its a minor point of contention, by no means a deal breaker, but in all fairness the germans have never been known for their use of form...
 

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It would.
Maybe it's something they will change as the years go on, if not an aftermarket parts maker might fill in.
 

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Audi doesn't really do dual tips.. I mean the RSQ5 has quad tips



But not even the RS Q3 has twin tips...



the concept RS Q3 did have them however, i wonder why they decided against it for production?

 

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Okay guys...next fix for the old girl is exhaust tips... I need to find something with a 3 1/2" diameter... Any suggestions? I love the square ones that jet out. I think I want them to stick out more from the rear fender or just trim the fender to make the hole just a bit larger... Saw some way cool black powder coated ones too.... I'd love to hear some opinions...
 

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Okay guys...next fix for the old girl is exhaust tips... I need to find something with a 3 1/2" diameter... Any suggestions? I love the square ones that jet out. I think I want them to stick out more from the rear fender or just trim the fender to make the hole just a bit larger... Saw some way cool black powder coated ones too.... I'd love to hear some opinions...
What makes you fixated on 3-1/2"? And how far "out" do you mean "jet out?" The stock ones jet out now if you mean just poke beyond the trim panel. I'm not sure having them jet out more would look particularly good. As for square ones, Audi does not typically do those although the newer high line cars (A7, S7, A8, S8, R8) are beginning to show up with single rectangular sort-of shaped tips, but not quads, just one per side following BMW and Mercedes recent exhaust styling - I prefer the sportier ones that Audi previously championed, and still have on the A3-A6.

I like black chrome (have them on my S5 - 80mm - 3-1/4") and actually have a quad set (though they're round and only 70mm - 2-3/4") that was part of a mod I wanted to do awhile back but never followed up on. The stock rear muffler has plenty of room to add a couple simple pipes on the right rear side - even drew a mock up for a muffler shop. I also contemplated a GTI cat-back exhaust figuring it would fit or almost so, since the platform is so similar.

Btw, the facelift will have dual exhausts - one round 70mm tip per side, ala S-line. I'm sure you could retro fit most of those parts but $$$$$...
 
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