The owner has some interesting tastes, to say the least.
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but honestly, we haven’t heard anyone criticize the Audi A5 Sportback. Whether it’s the basic flavor, S, or the spicy RS, the rival to the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is widely regarded as a pretty car. East? Well, you will be the judge of that. We haven’t seen that much carbon fiber in an RS5 before, but there’s a lot more to this wild build than its lightweight treatment.
Our friend Auditography had the opportunity to photograph this impressive five-door Audi in Doha, Qatar, and give us all a virtual tour of the RS5. With a beautiful Viola metallic finish, the V6 powered machine rides on 20-inch HRE wheels with a bronze / gold finish to create a powerful contrast and thus make the car even more eye-catching.
The aftermarket body kit from Australian company Karbel includes front bumpers and a splitter, along with thick side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. Surprisingly, it’s all show without any extra effort, as the 2.9-liter twin-turbo engine produces the same 444 horsepower and 600 Newton-meters (442 pound-feet) of torque.
That extra show continues inside, where even more carbon fiber can be found. However, you won’t notice it right away because the custom steering wheel is the most obvious change. It adopts a yoke-like design with the top edge largely shaved, reminiscent of the Tesla Model S Plaid and Toyota bZ4X.
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We’d say this one is easier to use as it’s more on the steering wheel of a race car than an actual yoke as seen on the two EVs where the entire top half is removed. It is bathed in Alcantara on the sides, combined with carbon fiber for the lower section and the lower radius. It appears to be an original Audi steering wheel with the top of the rim simply removed and the newly created limbs filled with carbon fiber.
We would prefer to dispense with the peculiar “wheel” since nothing can be better than the traditional one, especially when it comes to driving maneuvers at low speeds. As for the other changes, the Porsche-like color is a nice touch, as are the wheels, though not necessarily in this combination. The carbon fiber add-ons accentuate the sporty nature of the Audi RS5 Sportback, although we’d say the tricks are too much.