Aftermarket Exhaust Looks Loud but Isn't - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Aftermarket Exhaust Looks Loud but Isn't

June 18, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

For awhile, I was of a mind that the aftermarket muffler on our 2013 Scion FR-S made no difference in noise over the stock setup. Mostly what you hear in this car is engine.

Then I drove our 2013 Subaru BRZ and the FR-S on back-to-back nights and realized, yes, the big-honkus outlets do make a difference, small as it may be.

It's actually most apparent on start-up, when there's a nice, immediate rasp before it settles down to idle.

But while the system is a bit louder when driving, too, I wish it had more bark. Because you can barely notice the extra noise from inside the car.

Then I happened to be following Dan Frio out of our palatial office parking garage one night, he in the FR-S, and I heard some actual snarl from the exhaust.

Apparently, that's the key with this system. If you want to hear it, you gotta be outside the car.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 18,355 miles


Comments

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Expensive catback with absolutely no performance impact. Total rice.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    The sound upgrade is nice. But it's horribly expensive for no performance gains and marginal weight savings. Should have saved the pennies for a header.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    I do hope tuners buy this, so at least *I* can here the upgraded noise from outside. Still, I hope someone can work out a pleasing interior growl at high rpm.

  • +1 Fordson. Hopefully this is quieter than the dual fart-cans that a guy on my street has on his decrepit 1995 300ZX, which I have to listen to while he trolls up & down the street looking for parking for a half-hour (because he refuses to park it mo

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