2013 Scion FR-S: Aftermarket Exhaust Looks Loud but Isn't
June 18, 2013
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