Many of you will have, no doubt, been travelling in a car, and heard the distant sound of a loud, roaring exhaust, and as it got closer, you were ready to spot an amazing car. But what you get is a Nissan Pulsar, full throttle, struggling to overtake you. If this has ever happened to you, you will know the disappointment.
Now, first of all, if you are going to put an exhaust on a car, make it a good one. Far too many times the exhaust is a cheap mod with a low humming noise and a few pops, which is not only irritating, but it really doesn’t make your car sound any better.
The kind of exhaust you really want is a loud, but not Harley Davidson loud, growling exhaust. Like a Jaguar F-Type. Even if the growl is subtle, it still sounds better than that low-pitched humming noise which makes you want to drift off to sleep.
Alternatively, if you own a car with a very high-revving engine, then you could fit it with a high-pitched growl like a Lamborghini or Ferrari. The kind of exhaust which sounds like a Formula One car.
But most importantly, don’t try to fit your car with an exhaust if it doesn’t match. The last thing people want to see when they hear the high-pitched whirring if a supercar go past, is a Toyota Camry sitting two inches off the ground with black alloys and a wing that serves no purpose.
Another reasonable option is to fit no aftermarket exhaust at all. For all you people out there with loud exhausts, why do you install these exhausts in the first place? I can pretty much guarantee it’s either because a) you think it sounds really cool or 2) you want everyone to turn around and look at your car. Now this is perfectly good if you’ve got a nice, appropriate car, but if you don’t, then most people will just look for a brief second or two, think you’re a yob, then look away again.
Not only that, but a lot of cars that are fitted with loud exhausts from production are fitted with these often for engineering purposes. Many supercars come with high-performance exhausts to increase driving performance. There’s a good reason for it.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, what purpose does a loud exhaust serve on a car where it doesn’t belong? Is it worth spending extra money on an inferior exhaust (your car is usually fitted with the one it really needs) which doesn’t actually change anything? Is it worth it?
Bearing in mind this is just my humble opinion – No.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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