Goodridge’s Phantom range of performance brake hoses is already very comprehensive indeed, with the latest addition aimed at those fortunate enough to own one of the finest performance cars of the last decade, the Audi A7, and, for those seeking truly earth-spinning performance, the RS7. Blending everyday usability, comfort, road-holding and power in one classy package, the A7 and RS7 quickly established themselves at the very top of the ‘uber saloon’ pecking order, sending the boffins at Mercedes and BMW scurrying back to the drawing board.
The kit in question boats a number of highly significant design features and adaptations, all of which make it perfectly suited for fitment to this fully paid up German powerhouse. Supplied with a selection of carefully designed brackets to ensure perfect fitment, the kit contains both square and banjo type fittings, one at either end of the line. These have been chosen as together they form an incredibly secure fitment and can be used to mimic the route of the OEM lines, thus ensuring swift and simple fitment. That these fixings can be relied upon for years to come is highly significant for a kit of this nature, as there’s nothing worse (or indeed more unsafe) than a weak link in a performance car’s brake system. Also included with the kit are a number of bolts, washers and other retaining hardware, again, all specially designed and manufactured in order for the resulting brake line to be the best and most complete on the market.
There are myriad benefits associated with fitting braided Goodridge brake lines, all of which are doubly relevant when discussing a performance orientated models like the A7 and RS7. Chief among these are the huge improvements in braking efficiency offered by modern braided hoses, unrivaled reliability and longevity, and a complete absence of that most irritating and potentially dangerous of traits, brake pedal sponginess.
Goodridge’s position as the world’s leading manufacturer of performance fluid transfer systems means that they’re perfectly placed to push brake line development on and drive innovation, but this hasn’t come at he expense of quality or careful product design. The firm’s reputation for technical excellence and dependability has been cemented by superb attention to detail and customer care. A good example of this in action is the fact that each and every brake line is comprehensively pressure tested before it leaves Goodridge’s state of the art factory so that customers can have absolute confidence in its functioning. Little wonder Goodridge brake lines are TUV, DOT, ADR and ISO approved.
With the earliest examples of Audi’s remarkable supercar-baiter now approaching their fourth birthday, spending some time and money overhauling their brake systems makes a great deal of sense, and there are few better (or indeed more affordable) ways of doing this than with a Goodridge brake line kit. Those Audi owners seeking to improve the braking capabilities of their car would be well advised to take the time to peruse Goodridge’s latest lines, the benefits they offer are simply too important to overlook.
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Audi’s reputation for identifying, naming and creating automotive niches is fairly well-known by now, and the firm’s recent history is littered with examples of them striving to create new model segments and types, some unqualified successes, others less well received (the all aluminium A2 being a case in point). One of the more recent examples is the RS7, something of a cross between a traditional, three-box executive saloon, and a coupe. Niche-busting styling aside, the RS7 is a stonkingly good, phenomenally capable car, particularly when you factor in its supercar-bashing V8, a combination which results in an executive express that’s able to mix it with the very best from the likes of Mercedes, BWW and Jaguar. Despite its undoubted capabilities and potential, modified RS7s remain a rare sight, making Milltek Sport’s example, the car you see here, all the more special and worthy of closer inspection.
“The market for big, plush executive cars with equally big, powerful engines has never been bigger or more competitive, and this means that there’s a correspondingly healthy demand for tuning packages to take these cars to the next level,” explains the MD of Milltek Sport, Steve Pound. “We bought this car standard a few years ago with the intention of adding a few minor bits and pieces, and it’s evolved steadily since then.”
Key to the RS7’s ability to cover ground in a manner that makes anything short of a fully paid up supercar blush, is its quattro drivetrain and a thumping great twin-turbo V8 engine. Both are very much known quantities and both are now part and parcel of the Audi lexicon, the former having been instrumental in the firm’s breathtaking transformation from maker of slightly quirky saloons, to a genuine Merc and Beemer rival. Pairing the two was always destined to produce something a bit special then, but the effect is only heightened when the car in question looks so restrained stylistically. What’s been created is something close to a football hooligan in a Savile Row suit and some ultra high end cologne; all the latent aggression is still there and undiluted, it’s just been squeezed into a respectable, stylish package.
“We started off by removing the factory system to get a good look at what we had to work with and how much space there was under the car, from that we devised how best to go about building a replacement.”
The Milltek boys are no stranger to this aftermarket exhaust lark, indeed, their exhausts have graced the undersides of some of the most exotic and complex cars of the last thirty years, so actually drawing up a system for the RS7 didn’t post too much of a problem. Deciding what form that system would take though, that was somewhat trickier. In the end Steve and the gang plumped for a pair of 3in Cerakote semi-gloss coated downpipes and 100CPSI under-car cats, leading to a Milltek Sport 2.75in non-resonated cat-back exhaust, the latter utilising the OE Audi Drive Select-controlled valve assembly system to give a note that’s utterly menacing and perfectly suited to such a big, purposeful car. It’s a setup that, like the vast majority of Milltek systems, manages the trick of being aggressive without ever becoming too loud, annoying or a pain to live with on a daily basis. Again, this is something which sounds like it’d be a relative doddle to achieve (on paper at least) but the reality is rather different. Go too far, pick a pipe with too wide a diameter or otherwise get carried away, and you’ll be left with a system that wouldn’t sound out of place blatting away down Southend seafront circa 1999. That might well be fun for all of half an hour or so, but the reality of living with it on a daily basis would soon hit home and would very quickly become more than a little annoying, possibly even a tad embarrassing.
Milltek Sport demo cars have always been more involved and better realised than a simple bolt-on exhaust job though, and the RS7 is no different. The big Audi’s force-fed 4.0 V8 now breathes deeply through an aftermarket induction setup from the inlet specialists at ITG, while a Revo Technik Stage 2 remap re-jigs its parameters and allows it to fully exploit the newly bolted on go faster hardware. These carefully chosen tweaks and changes work together in a fashion that’s nothing short of OEM standard, and the result is that Milltek’s RS7 can belt out 664bhp and an earth-rotating 904nm of torque, hefty, hefty numbers.
“The aim with this car was to get it to make big power without detracting from its executive origins,” muses Steve. “I think we’ve pretty much succeeded, it’s hugely powerful by anyone’s standards and there’s scope for even more if we feel the need, but it’s still a perfectly composed, completely useable car.”
Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system has long been a byword for sure-footed, stable traction (handy when cars like the RS put out such biblical power figures in factory fettle), but it’s only relatively recently that the boffins at Ingolstadt have managed to pair this with handling that’s also genuinely involving, and this is most certainly the case with this particular autobahn stormer. Of course there’s always room to improve upon a factory fitted suspension setup though, and the guys at Milltek wasted no time in getting to grips with the H&R suspension range, eventually opting to order and fit a set of their excellent lowering springs. This explains the uber Audi’s subtly aggressive stance, the nose 30mm closer to the ground, the rump a mere 20mm. The stiffer, shorter springs also help to lower the centre of gravity, sharpening the RS7’s already impressive handling and generally blurring the line between executive cruiser and supercar-baiter yet further.
Achieving a degree of balance is probably more important in the executive car sector than any other, and it’s a balance that Milltek have struck perfectly with their RS7. Yes, it helps that the RS7’s styling is so crisp and well resolved straight from the factory, but there’s also no denying that Milltek’s careful, complementary approach to tuning has paid dividends. The result is a car that’s staggeringly powerful by anyone’s standards, yet still manages to retain the stock car’s understated, sleek appearance. Fancy building your own big-power executive bruiser? Best act fast, the market has never been better suited and your choice has never been better – happy hunting!
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Milltek Audi RS7
3993cc TFSI V8 with OE turbo and intercooler setup, Milltek Sport 3in Cerakote semi-gloss coated black downpipes and 100CPSI under-car cats, Milltek Sport 2.75in non-resonated cat-back exhaust with Audi Drive Select valve control functionality, ITG air filter, Revo Technik Stage 2 ECU remap
Eight-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox, Audi quattro four-wheel drive system
Dynamic steering, Sport Suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, H&R lowering springs 25-30mm (front), 20mm (rear), Audi 9x21in five spoke ‘blade’ alloys in gloss black with Eibach 12mm front 20mm rear wheel spacers, 275/30×21 tyres
Full Black Valcona leather honeycomb-quilted design with RS7 embossing on the front seats with rock grey stitching, HUD
Audi RS7 in Nogaro Blue Audi Exclusive paint, carbon styling pack, red brake calipers
BILSTEIN, the respected German manufacturer of dampers and suspension systems has released details of its beautifully engineered enhancement package for Audi’s fire-breathing RS7 super-saloon. As the impressive flagship of the A7 range, this is a car that responds very well to a little chassis tuning and this all-new kit from the German manufacturer provides the ideal way to give the big Audi the grip and poise to match its epic power, without compromising its ride comfort.
The BILSTEIN B16 kit represents the pinnacle of suspension performance, allowing the owner to fine-tune the ride height and stance to suit their own needs. Each damper unit has ten steps of adjustment, with bump and rebound being changed together in a carefully pre-set ratio to ensure that the car retains impeccable manners. With a damping range that offers either limo smoothness, track control or indeed, anything in-between. The B16 kit offers OEM levels of fit, finish and ride quality, coupled with significant improvements in handling. Everything included in the kit has been designed and produced entirely in-house in BILSTEIN’s cutting-edge German production facilities.
Thanks to precision-machined threaded steel bodies, the BILSTEIN kits offer 20mm of ride height adjustment from a lower starting point, which equates to a drop of between -15mm and -35mm. This is regarded by most engineers to be the most that it is possible to lower the RS7 before handling becomes adversely affected and safety is compromised.
As with all BILSTEIN performance products, this kit has been extensively proven. Not only in BILSTEIN’s extensive laboratory set-up, but more importantly, at the Papenburg test facility, where BILSTEIN have their unparalleled research centre. Here, the kit was ‘shaken down’ by real, live test drivers, to ensure that these upgrades don’t just work well in a computer simulation, but can offer ride quality and peerless handling whether fully loaded or on the poorest of surfaces.
As you might expect from the World’s leading original equipment manufacturer, these kits carry full TUV approval and 12 months warranty. The complete B16 kit for the Audi RS7 is priced at £1500 + VAT. Incredible value for a peerless chassis upgrade.
Respected exhaust manufacturer Milltek has released details of its latest Audi system. The recipient car in question this time is the superb Audi S7 Sportback in its sonorous – and powerful – 4.0 TFSI guise. Milltek invested in acquiring one of the first cars delivered in the UK to allow them to spend many months developing and honing their new system to achieve the perfect balance between improved power and an enhanced soundtrack.
This new S7 system can be ordered with Milltek’s innovative new ‘ValveSonic’ rear silencer technology, with integrates seamlessly with the factory ECU to open and close valves in the exhaust to give owners the chance to drive two cars in one, effectively. Quiet and refined for the commute to work, and when bimbling around town, with a more edgier, competition-inspired tone when the throttle is mashed into the carpet.
The system is based around 2.76mm (70.00mm) stainless steel pipework. Milltek uses only the finest non-magnetic stainless steel in the construction of all of its systems, which carry a lifetime guarantee for the original owner.
As with most Milltek designs, an impressive array of options and configurations are available, in order to allow owners to either order systems piecemeal, to suit their budgets, or to allow a differing range of sound improvements and power increases to be effected.
At the top of the range is the HJS sports cat system, featuring a primary catalyst bypass pipe for maximum flow and power, followed by a secondary High-Flow 200 cell sports catalyst which mounts under the vehicle floor. To achieve the best results with this option, Milltek’s engineers recommend the use of a software upgrade to truly obtain the maximum power gains. Cat-back systems are also available in either resonated or non-resonated formats, with either Polished, Black Velvet or Titanium quad 100mm GT100 trims.
The system is not only easy on the eye, but also hugely effective. On Milltek’s own demo vehicle, which runs performance aftermarket software and a full sports cat system, power has been raised from the factory’s 420bhp to an altogether more impressive 500bhp.
Whether you want look, sounds or performance, this latest Milltek system clearly ticks all of the boxes.
One trend in German Audi aftermarket is to improve aesthetics based on OEM-like quality products. Carbon fiber seems to be a trend too. One of the most amazing works is the one done by German tuner Pretos.
As you can see, the conversion of the RS 7′s interior is significant. Additional carbon fiber elements have been added like the individualized RS7 steering wheel outfitted with custom Audi exclusive leather, seat bodies and rear center console, finished with a gloss finish.
The car also features a unique dashboard with black leather and red stitching to match the steering wheels. The final changes include similarly finished door panels while on the outside there are carbon fiber wing mirror caps and the automatic raising and lowering rear spoiler finished in carbon fiber.
Of course the changes aren’t only on the inside. We also see changes to the outside like the carbon fiber rear decklid spoiler, rearview mirrors and a refinishing of the RS 7′s calipers in its carbon ceramic brake system.
PRETOS states on their website that their specialty centers around small series and individual pieces for interiors and produced in a quality that matches that of the OEM. Check out more at PRETOS.de. Photos by Snabshod Photography.
TAG Motorsport releases their brand new modded A7 with TAG Motorsports Blackout Package. It looks just menacing in person. Everything turned out excellent and now this A7 really turns heads!
It includes HRE Performance Wheels in 20″ All Around finished in Satin Black. Also it includes semi-gloss emblems, semi-gloss window trims, gloss black frontgrill and medium smoke tail lamps and reflectors. It also includes some VAG-COM Mods.