Unveiled in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Audi S5 blazed into the luxury performance market without hesitation. Directly marketed against German rival BMW’s M-series, it set to reach out to those seeking “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” Blake Breslin of Toronto, Ontario is one such person that Audi would consider a happy convert.
As a highly successful publisher in Canada, Breslin has had his share of performance luxury machines including his latest, a Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG. When the time came to look for a replacement that would play the dual role of a luxury cruiser and track warrior, his eyes were set on this 2010 Ibis White Audi S5. As Breslin explains, “I wanted a vehicle that would be fun to drive in the summer and be safe during the harsh Canadian winter season, hence the benefit all-wheel-drive!”
From factory the Audi S5 is ideal. Boasting a healthy 354hp from it’s 4.2-litre, V8-engine, all-wheel-drive drivetrain and plenty of lavish goodies in-cabin. However, despite the assortment of exterior and interior colour combinations available, Breslin had his eyes set on the S5 being white on white – clean, to say the least. After weeks of back and forth talks, Audi finally granted the special order of white leather interior making this luxury coupe a true gem.
Fast-forward a few months and the start of this unique project begins. Breslin like any automotive enthusiast (even with the initial $70,000-budget) wanted his freshly broken-in Audi to be even more unique. For such a feat, the team at LLTek Motorsports responded to his requests with a complete Rieger (Germany) aerodynamics package. The factory bumpers and knick-knacks were tossed aside in way of an RS5-style front bumper, single cell mesh front grill (similar to the factory RS5), fog light frills, side skirts, rear valance and lastly an R8-inspired rear spoiler – said to be the only one in North America. Thanks to Luxury Auto Body, the coupe was prepared for fitment and sprayed in factory Audi Ibis White paint.
For additional power and quite possibly the most mesmerizing sound from the throaty V8, is a full Rieger RS5 Quad-Tip cat-back exhaust system finished in stainless steel. Breslin also opted for Audi’s “Drive Select” system (nearly a $5,000-option) that allows for four pre-selected modes that adjusts the settings on the adaptive suspension, dynamic steering, transmission shifts, and throttle response on the fly. After a brief test drive, it is without question a must-have for any S5 allowing for the high-revving V8 to break from its chains and unleash its awesome Autobahn-inspired potential.
Planting the power on this German coupe are a set of 19-inch by 9-inch ETA BETA Jofiel wheels wrapped in sticky Dunlop tires all around. Tucked just behind the upgraded wheels are Audi “S” massive 13.6-inch brakes up front and 13-inch at rear that provide the instant stopping power.
With a touch of class and brute force, Blake Breslin’s Ibis White S5 is a perfect example of balance for a daily driver. The ability to sprint from 0-60mph in 4.8-seconds while retaining luxury creature comforts is exactly what Audi intended with this coupe. After some dress-up tweaks made possible with German-tuner Rieger’s aerodynamics kit and a better rolling package, is it any wonder why the smile still remains? I think not, Blake Breslin has truly created his very own “Ultimate Driving Machine” and we thank him for it!
Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec
Owner: Blake Breslin
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Vehicle: 2010 Audi S5
Horsepower: 354hp @ 7,000rpm
– Rieger Tuning RS5 front bumper
– Rieger Tuning RS5 single cell mesh front grill
– Rieger Tuning RS5 fog light grills
– Rieger Tuning RS5 side skirts
– Rieger Tuning RS5 rear bumper
– Rieger Tuning RS5 rear spoiler
– “Special Order” Audi white leather interior
– Audi “Drive Select” System with 4 Pre-Selected Modes (Auto, Dynamic, Comfort, and Individual)
In Car Entertainment
– Audi OEM in car entertainment system
Wheels | Tires | Brakes | Suspension
– (F) 19” x 9” ETA BETA Jofiel wheel finished in chrome and white
– (R) 19” x 9” ETA BETA Jofiel wheel finished in chrome and white
– Dunlop Tires
– Rieger Tuning RS5 Quad-Tip stainless steel cat-back exhaust system
– LLTek Motorsports
– Luxury Auto Body