Video: First-gen Audi R8 with Capristo exhaust and Messer wheels is not an ordinary supercar

This rather controversial first-gen Audi R8 has been caught on camera recently in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

You probably have seen your fair share of modified R8s, but this one certainly takes the cake, not necessarily in a good way. Besides the multi-colored body livery, the supercar has also received a lower suspension which makes it borderline unusable on slightly bumpy roads while the stock exhaust system has been replaced with a Capristo setup which as you can hear, it’s extremely loud and we are sure that for some of you it doesn’t sound good either.

That being said, the most controversial modification this first-gen Audi R8 has gone through is of course the alloy wheel set. Gone are the attractive stock rims as these have been replaced by a very peculiar all-white set from Messer which in our humble opinion doesn’t fit the supercar at all as it just makes it look plain weird. Moreover, the protruding layout makes them hugely unpractical since it’s very easy to scratch them in a crowded city and it won’t be long until the wheel will be dented.

We did a little bit of research and we found out these are forged three-piece wheels available in size from 17 to 20 inches. It takes 6 to 12 weeks to make just one wheel and pricing varies depending on its size, with the 17-inch wheel available for €1,450 while the 20-inch rim costs €1,750. Messer offers these “ME03-3 Turbo-Fan” wheels in a wide variety of colors and styles along with flat, medium and deep concave profiles.

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Adrian Padeanu

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