Made famous by Rolls-Royce, the starlight headliner has since trickled down to less glitzy vehicles courtesy of the aftermarket scene. A quick search on Google shows there are companies specialized in giving just about any car you can think of this feature, and it won’t cost you $12,925. This was the original price of the optional feature introduced by BMW’s ultra-luxury brand for the Wraith back in 2013.
It’s now the A7 Sportback’s turn to receive the shiny and colorful headliner courtesy of UK-based Audi Retrofits. As the name of the company implies, its area of expertise is upgrading cars with features it originally didn’t have when it left the assembly line. Audi owners can retrofit reversing cameras, electric folding and dimming mirrors, along with newer MMI navigation systems with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other services offered by Audi Retrofits include xenon and LED headlights, LED taillights, front and rear parking sensors, and even cruise control.
While Audi doesn’t have a starlight headliner option for the second-gen A7, this right-hand-drive example has been pampered with the Rolls-Royce-esque setup. Details about the upgrade have not been provided, but it’s usually a combination of hundreds of fiber optics and LEDs. Understandably, it doesn’t look as intricate as RR’s version, but it does nicely complement the standard ambient lighting.
The A7 is far from being the first Audi to get the starlight headliner from Audi Retrofits. The company’s YouTube account has similar videos showing the feature installed on a variety of models, including the A4 Sedan and A5 Coupe as well as models from other brands. It would seem people are really into this nifty feature since there are even DIY kits available on eBay. Perhaps Audi is missing out on some extra profits by not offering a similar star-studded headliner.