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I love European cars of the German variety. I have for as long as I can remember. And within German cars, I've always been partial to Volkswagen and Audi - there's something oddly familiar about them.

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RS5 Steering Wheel Upgrade

08 8 2011

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I have to admit, one of the few things that disappointed me about the S4 the second I sat behind the wheel, was precisely, the steering wheel. Coming form a MkV GLI and its amazing flat bottom sport steering wheel, it felt like a ridiculous downgrade, which was a bit surprising when you consider the S4 is not only supposed to be Audi’s flagship sports sedan, but is also a more expensive car. While the steering wheel was very easy to overlook all things considered, I knew I’d want to upgrade it whenever the opportunity presented itself.

Shortly after I purchased the car, I started frequenting Audi discussion forums and saw that adding a better steering wheel would be very easy to do. In fact, the options were limitless thanks to places like Europrice.us and a few others. Note that easy doesn’t mean cheap. At an average price of around $1,800.00 for a flat bottom sports steering wheel, this is not a cheap purchase by any stretch of the imagination. I quickly realized that the sky was the limit as far as options, such as alcantara re-wrapping, perforated sports leather, smooth leather or a combination or both, different color stitching, different size padding, carbon fiber replacements, etc, etc. One could quickly configure a steering wheel in the $4,000.00 price range if so desired. I quickly put those dreams to rest.

One day not long ago, while perusing auction sites, I came across a seller in Poland that sells brand new OEM Audi steering wheels. While the sportier options like the R8 steering wheel (flat bottom with sports padding) are still astronomically expensive, options like the TTS steering wheel (flat bottom, thinner padding and smooth leather) or the RS5 (no flat bottom, sports padding and perforated leather throughout) were surprisingly more affordable. This really made me think about purchasing one provided that I could use my existing steering wheel airbag and no disruption in the steering wheel controls was caused. A bit of research proved this would be the case and the order was placed. I chose the RS5 steering wheel over the TTS wheel because between flat bottom and sports padding (thicker wheel and more bolstered 10-2 positions) I had to choose the thicker wheel. Flat bottom would have been nice to have, but not nicer or better than a true thicker sports wheel. To make it more enticing, the wheel is covered in its entirety in perforated charcoal leather, which to me is flat out unbeatable (I admit I have a fetish for perforated leather).

A few days later, surprisingly fast coming from Europe, I received the steering wheel and quickly got to work. The installation process was very straight forward: disconnect the battery, undo the screws that secure the airbag to the wheel, undo the wiring harness for the airbag and steering wheel controls, unscrew the steering wheel and install new wheel reversing the same steps.

Once it was all said and done, I had to go for a drive to get a feel for the new addition.

It is surprising how something so simple can make such a difference. The steering wheel is by all accounts the part through which we control the vehicle; the single part of the car which we are constantly in contact with, physically touching. It’s no surprise then that it instantly changes the way the car feels in your hands. To make it even better, the Polish seller put the correct S4 badge on the wheel at no extra cost. Very pleased with the upgrade; not only does it look better, it feels amazing in the hand.

 

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Discuss this entry - (2 comments so far)

  1. Jalil Majluf wrote on August 28 2012 at 10:29 am

    Hi,
    As a GLI owner and been more than 20 years as a petrolhead, Ive been following your websites for some years. Good taste and high level on your proyect edition I can see and value.

    Would you please be so kind to give me the website address of this Polish steering wheel supplier?

    Thanks in advance,

    Jalil
    City of Lima, Peru.

  2. svander wrote on August 28 2012 at 11:38 am

    Jalil,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    The Polish supplier is on eBay. Here is the link to his listings: http://www.ebay.com/sch/vw_audi_motorsports/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25&_trksid=p3686

    Cheers!

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