Milltek’s stainless steel exhaust system for the latest Audi TTS promises to be one of the firm’s most exciting products to date, with class-leading build quality and impressive performance gains for this enduring sports car legend. The exhaust’s modular design effectively enables prospective customers to construct the system that best suits their car, needs and budget, with a large bore downpipe, hi-flow sports cat and cat-back system forming the bulk of the range.
The TTS is the latest in Audi’s line of high performance TTs, a range that stretches back over fifteen years and has come to define the firm’s design and engineering capabilities. The car’s highly regarded turbocharged inline four develops a scintillating 306bhp, all of it routed through Audi’s legendary quattro four-wheel drive system. This combination of power, control and poise results in a sports car that really can be used in all weathers and in all environments; it’s highly adaptable, forgiving and, when the mood takes you, able to give all but the most powerful of sports cars a run for their money.
The modular construction of the exhaust ensures its utterly adaptable, with TTS owners able to tweak the specifics of their system to best suit their needs and expectations. This means that there are a number of permutations available right away, with the front section consisting of a 76.2mm EU-approved downpipe and hi-flow sports catalytic converter. Those seeking out and out power without compromise or restriction can opt for the same setup without EC-approval, with the resulting pipework promising incredible power gains albeit at the expense of complete legality across the whole of the EU. Both downpipe and cat-back setups can be specified with a number of other sub-options, two of which require owners to have had their cars fitted with a Stage 2 ECU remap to function effectively, two which will only achieve their optimum potential when used in conjunction with an OE system. These can be paired with an array of 76.2mm cat-back options and tailpipes, the former consisting of resonated and un-resonated sections, the latter with a choice of two distinct pipe coatings.
Milltek’s system is the end result of an intensive development programme, the firm’s engineering department having been tasked with creating a system that reflects the balanced qualities embodied by the TTS itself. The exhaust offers tangible increases in both power and torque across the rev range, its mandrel bent construction promoting efficient gas flow characteristics. Power is only part of the equation though, with Milltek’s decades of experience in this highly competitive industry having left them in the enviable position of being able to craft a system that offers tangible performance benefits, without ever sounding brash, overly loud or out of place.
“Milltek’s reputation has been largely built around performance-orientated Audis like the TT, and the latest models are without doubt some of the best yet,” explains Milltek MD Steve Pound. “Our new large bore downpipe, hi-flow sports cat and associated systems reflect the amount of care and effort Audi themselves put into designing the TTS, and this makes them ideally suited to each other.”
Milltek hardware isn’t just inventive and proven to enhance performance, it’s all designed and manufactured in the UK, traits that help ensure the firm’s reputation for excellence is maintained. Not only that, all of Milltek’s exhausts are produced from high quality type-304 aircraft grade stainless steel, a material that’s both anti-magnetic and less prone to discolouration than offerings from rival firms. Mandrel bending ensures optimised gas flow properties across the whole of the Milltek range, while the company’s impressive portfolio of feature and development cars speaks volumes about both the quality of their products and the commitment of its employees.
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 also 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.
Modifying a car as complete and well rounded as the latest TTS isn’t something that Milltek undertook lightly, hence why so much time and so many resources were invested in the development of the company’s latest system for this model. The end result is undoubtedly one of the company’s most complete offerings, one which promises to give TTS owners an unprecedented degree of control over the exhaust properties of their machines, and all for a very competitive price point.
Large Bore Downpipe options start from £798.29
Cat-back options start from £1267.98
For more details, please click to www.millteksport.com