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Article: 5 Essential Mods for Your 2012-2015 Audi A7

5 Essential Mods for Your 2012-2015 Audi A7

5 Essential Mods for Your 2012-2015 Audi A7

While many have grown tired of the overused term "four-door coupe," Audi manages to avoid indulging in it excessively with the A7, although they still acknowledge the classification.

The A7's styling echoes the original CLS, the concept that astounded the world of sedans almost a decade ago, featuring a sleek roofline that gracefully descends at the rear to cleverly conceal its rear doors. 

Arguably, Audi's interpretation of the four-door coupe genre surpasses all others. This design allows the A7 to maintain sedan proportions while embracing the practicality of a hatchback/wagon, eliminating the need for compromises to accommodate a traditional trunk. Regardless of your stance on this car's approach, one thing is undeniable: it is truly wunderbar.

Now combine a hot car like the C7 Audi A7 with aftermarket parts and you get a masterpiece pumping out supercharged power. Today we will be taking a look at the best mods for your 2012 Audi A7.

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Achilles Heel For The 3.0T Engines: Gutted Catalytic Converters | Replace With CAP Test Pipes

CAP Test Pipes For Audi A7 3.0T

We have talked in detail about the reason a lot of Audis with the 3.0T engine sooner or later will fail their cats. The short answer, poor quality of materials inside those catalytic converters, bad placement backed by the driver persona who likes to floor the 3.0T, no matter what. 

Replacing the cats will set people back $6,000 plus labor service, so replacing them with test pipes is the better solution. Now you might be thinking, why should I buy test pipes when I can just empty the cats and roll with it?

Short answer, sooner or later you will need to sell the car, and modded cars usually go for less. On top of that a lot of states restrict removal of cats, that's why a lot of people either try fitting 02 sensors, or they put back the original cats just to pass inspection.

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Benefits of Installing A Test Pipe On Your 2012-2015 A7

  • Maximize Audi 3.0T Supercharged V6 performance with CAP Test Pipes.
  • Constructed from the world's thickest 304 stainless steel for optimal exhaust flow.
  • Increased horsepower and torque for enhanced vehicle performance.
  • Improved throttle response and a more aggressive exhaust note.
  • Enhanced reliability due to meticulous engineering and minimal welds.
  • Unique three-bracket system designed to minimize vibrations.
  • Available in ceramic-coated and heat shielded options to reduce heat and eliminate rasp.

Compatible with various Audi models, offering bolt-on installation for:

Potential for triggering check engine light, may require software tuning.
Exclusively intended for racing competition use.
A high-quality upgrade to optimize the performance of your Audi A7.

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Honeycomb Grill

Honey Comb Grill For Audi A7 C7

Every  Audi guy starts his journey with something small, yet powerful, like an A3. The first mods for most people are cosmetic and the honeycomb grille is one of the most iconic mods out there. Almost everyone who's in the game for a sexy looking Audi goes with a Honeycomb grill.

While a lot of Audi fans try to replicate the RS Look of their base model car, with things like adding an RS front bumper, spoilers or more carbon fiber parts, the center piece of all attention sticks to the honeycomb grille.

For the Audi A7/S7 we have picked a selection of the highest quality honeycomb grilles which come in different color combos.

audi rs7 conversion c7 2012-2018

Upgrading the front facia of your A7/S7 brings a bold design to your car. You can combine the colors to your liking, with frames coming in black, chrome and carbon fiber. Shop your A7 honeycomb grill here .

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Heat Exchanger

Upgrading the heat exchanger is highly beneficial for Audi vehicles equipped with a 3.0T engine, including the 4.0-Liter S6/S7 models. The reasons for this recommendation are as follows:
  • Performance: Installing an upgraded heat exchanger is crucial, particularly if you're planning on making additional modifications to your Audi 3.0T. This upgrade helps in achieving better performance results.
  • Engine Health: Maintaining lower engine temperatures is essential for the longevity and efficiency of the engine. This is especially important for high-performance engines such as those in Audi 3.0T and 4.0-Liter S6/S7 models, which are prone to generating considerable amounts of heat.
  • Stock Is Not Enough: Standard heat exchangers are not as effective in managing temperatures above 80 degrees Celsius compared to larger, upgraded versions. The principle is straightforward: a larger heat exchanger provides better cooling. Prolonged operation of the stock 3.0T engine at high temperatures can lead to issues like timing cuts and increased strain on the intercooler.
  • A Must For Audi Owners In Hot Climates: Excessive heat is detrimental to engine health over time. Therefore, Audi owners, particularly those residing in warmer climates such as Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, and Australia, often prioritize a heat exchanger upgrade as an initial modification.

This upgrade not only enhances the performance but also significantly contributes to the durability and reliability of the engine in demanding conditions.

Related: Why You Need To Get Rid Of Your Gutted Cats On Your 3.0T

Supercharger Pulley

supercharger pulley for audi a7

If you want things to spin quicker and boost to kick sooner, upgrading your supercharger pulley is the way to go. For those of you who don't know what a supercharger pulley upgrade is, we will break it down to you in 3 simple steps:

What is A Supercharger & How Does It Make Power?


A Supercharger is a mechanical - and more lately electronic air compressor most usually driven by the crankshaft. Unlike its turbo sibling which makes power with respect to the exhaust gasses, causing turbo lag, superchargers compress air before it enters the chamber.

Supercharger setups usually feature twin-scrolled rotors which compress more dense air into the intake. It's this compressed air that makes Dodge Chargers sound like Demons! With this principle in mind, forcing more air is the way to go with these engines. Not to mention the supercharger whining noises.

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As our fellas at Donut Media like to say: More Air = More Powa!

The answer is easy here. Because your supercharger is driven by the crankshaft, replacing your OEM pulley to a smaller diameter pulley would mean that for a full engine rotation your supercharger will spin faster. Faster supercharger spinning equals more air, in turn more power.

This has to be professionally matched with the correct mapping. It's highly recommended to get a supercharger pulley upgrade after having done your software tuning, or both at the same time would be even better.

The most realistic upgrade you will see will be on the throttle responsiveness and torque. The reason behind this is that everyone has a different setup when it comes to intake, software or other mods! A guaranteed increase is definitely the throttle response because the supercharger will output greater boost which is ready to kick in anytime in supercharged cars.

Secondly, the one reason supercharger fans are proud off is torque in high rpm and that supercharger whine. With a smaller pulley going from 3,000 RPM to full throttle is more responsive vs a turbo car. Not to mention that the faster the supercharger spins the nicer the whine becomes.

Crank Pulley

Crank Pulley For Audi A7 C7 3.0T

The Canadian Auto Performance Crank Pulley is the ultimate upgrade for your Audi B8/B8.5 S4/S5 and C7/C7.5 A6/A7, providing the necessary power increase while effectively reducing heat soak compared to larger sizes.

Engineered and rigorously tested, this crank pulley consistently delivers more power than its larger counterparts. It not only enhances performance but also reduces rotational mass and the parasitic loss caused by the stock OEM crank pulley.

While the stock crank pulley in the 3.0T supercharged V6 Audi engines is adequate for Stage 1 or Stage 2 single pulley upgrades, if you're aiming for the highest power levels and optimal daily drivability, a crank pulley upgrade is essential. The Audi 3.0T supercharged V6 engine is renowned for its ability to double power output, making it a true masterpiece.

However, the stock supercharger struggles to efficiently handle excessive heat caused by oversized crank pulleys, leading to heat soak and potential fueling issues.

By replacing your stock crank pulley with the CAP CNC machined billet aluminum pulley, you can prevent power loss and maintain consistent performance. This crank pulley is significantly lighter than the OEM version due to its efficient lightweight design, surpassing other options available in the market.

The CAP Crank Pulley for the B8/B8.5 S4/S5 3.0T V6 Supercharger offers the following benefits:

  • Maximized horsepower output
  • Reduced rotational mass for improved performance
  • Significantly lighter weight than the OEM pulley
  • Anodized black finish for anti-corrosion properties, matching the OEM appearance
  • Direct bolt-on installation for convenience
  • Stringent quality control measures to match OEM tolerances
  • CNC machined from high-quality 6061-T6 billet aluminum
  • Compatible with any dual pulley tune

Customers have praised the exceptional quality of the CAP Crank Pulley. One satisfied customer, Andrei, shared his positive experience, mentioning the significant weight difference compared to other brands and the smooth downshifts he experienced after installation. He highly recommends the CAP Crank Pulley for its superior performance and fast shipping.

Upgrade your Audi with the CAP Crank Pulley and unleash the true potential of your 3.0T supercharged engine while enjoying the benefits of reduced weight and improved drivability.

Related: Benefits Of Adding A High Flowing Turbo Inlet | Audi 3.0T

CAP CAN Auto Performance Audi 3.0T Supercharged Headers

supercharged headers for Audi 3.0T A7

The CAP CAN Auto Performance Audi 3.0T Supercharged Headers are the epitome of performance and quality. Engineered to perfection, these headers boast exceptional features that set them apart from the competition.

Crafted using the thickest stainless steel available on the market, these headers ensure durability and longevity. Their construction from top-quality 304 stainless steel guarantees resistance against corrosion and the ability to withstand high temperatures. The headers are TIG welded and back purged, ensuring precise and strong welds for optimal performance.

Installation is a breeze with the bolt-on design, allowing for a hassle-free upgrade. Once installed, you'll immediately notice an improvement in the exhaust note, which becomes more aggressive and captivating. Furthermore, the exhaust flow is significantly enhanced, resulting in increased horsepower and torque. These headers are compatible with both OEM and CAP 2.5" downpipes, offering flexibility for your Audi 3.0T Supercharged V6.

Carbon Fiber Front Lip

carbon fiber front lip audi a7 c7

Upgrade the appearance of your Audi A7 or S7 with the CAP Carbon Fiber Front Lip. Expertly crafted from high-quality carbon fiber, this front lip adds a touch of sportiness and elegance to your vehicle. Designed specifically for the 2012-2015 C7 Audi A7 S-Line and S7 models, this front lip is tailored to fit seamlessly with your vehicle's existing body lines.

Please note that this front lip is not compatible with the C7.5 Audi S7 or A7 S-Line models. If you own one of these vehicles, we recommend checking out our other carbon front lip options.

For installation, we recommend seeking professional assistance to ensure proper fitment and alignment. The front lip does not come with pre-drilled holes, so you will need to drill the necessary holes before installation. Additionally, please note that no hardware is included with the front lip, so be sure to use the appropriate screws, bolts, and double-sided tape for a secure installation.

Enhance the overall look of your Audi and turn heads wherever you go with the CAP Carbon Fiber Front Lip. Experience the perfect blend of style and sophistication with this high-quality upgrade.

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