It’s not difficult to imagine that a 5.2 V10 that’s frankly dripping in flamboyant Lamborghini and Audi supercar technology already sounds pretty damn good from the factory, but it can be made better… thanks to Milltek. If you truly seek a supercar exhaust note that stirs you from your very loins, then it’s not difficult to see why Milltek Sport have decided to add a much more of the Lamborghini flair to proceedings. Let’s face it, everyone wants a car to sound like a Lambo? So why not awaken the beast within the latest R8 Plus models, let them breathe that little bit easier, and pretend that it’s from Sant’Agata instead of Ingolstadt.
The latest version of Audi's premier supercar, the R8 V10, remains one of the most capable performance cars on sale today. Immense, 535hp levels of performance are paired with classic, sure-footed Quattro handling, all wrapped up in a typically refined and understated body. It's a compelling mix and one that's enabled the R8 V10 to find countless thousands of homes, but there's always room for improvement – hence the expansion of the Milltek range to accommodate it. Rather than re-invent the wheel though, Milltek has simply gone in pursuit of the R8s slightly more extravagant cousin, the Gallardo LP560-4. After all, if you’re going to own a supercar, why not have the loudest one?
Milltek's latest exhaust offering for the R8 can be specified in the firm's customary, open-ended manner, giving buyers the freedom to design the system best suited to their requirements. It begins with a choice of core systems, with cat back race and supercup options available, or for the latest Plus Coupe and Spyder you have the option to retain the Audi drive plus system that incorporates electronic valves within the silencer to alter the exhaust note via the HUD and onboard computer.
While still completely legal to use on the UK's road network, the electronic valves allow you to have the best of both world’s, a mellow cruiser when you require a long haul motorway journey, or a very in your face Lambo-eque V10 wail when the mood grabs a hold. Consisting of left and right hand back connecting pipes, and a rear silencer assembly with HollowTek Technology (one which re-purposes the OE electronic valves), electronic valve motors, wiring adaptors, a pair of trim connecting pipes, and the large bore oval twin tail pipe option
Obviously the Audi R8 is a highly desirable, wonderfully designed and manufactured car, one that demands that any aftermarket product bolted to it be at least as well engineered as the OE equivalent, and the Milltek SuperSport exhaust more than delivers in this respect. Not only is it made from high grade stainless steel and to exhaustive standards, the Milltek silencer reduction system has been proven to offer subtle increases in both power and torque, plus a soundtrack that really does need to be heard to be fully appreciated!
Constantly striving to build the best exhaust systems technically possible has resulted in a number of Milltek firsts and breakthroughs, with one of the most notable being their HollowTek manufacturing technique. This involves the careful placement of shaped silencer casings, reflection plates and varying lengths of solid and perforated internal tubing, all designed to create special chambers within the silencer itself that cancel out resonant frequencies and drone while driving at speed.
HollowTek ensures that no additional under-hang is visible beneath the system, reduces overall weight, permits the use of smaller boxes, results in a deeper sound, and enhances the pops and crackles that characterise the over-run sound of vehicles fitted with electronic exhaust valve control modules.