Nope! It's actually quite quiet. I was admittedly hoping for the current Type-R to be louder, something akin to the sounds emitted from the older models that frequent the local backroads and fly past on late night commutes. However what I recorded was entirely different.
Contemplating the hard life this Press Fleet "R" has had, it was the one loaned to Autocar........
No pops, no crackles decidedly quiet for a car who's body work is so loud. just looking at the car the aggressive front, carbon pack, bucket seats, mahoosive spoiler all suggest a soundtrack to match. However out the 3 pipes comes something different.
I'm not saying the Type R is quiet, its still loud, just to my ears its voice doesn't match its frock. I got the sense the Type R has been restrained, when you rev it you can just about make out muffled pops and crackles, fit an aftermarket exhaust and it would definitely be a lot louder, however Honda have their reasons for muting the mighty R.
The "R sound" in different scenarios...
"Three fully-functional tailpipes are positioned in the centre of the rear diffuser. Main tailpipes on either side deliver exhaust flow from the engine, while a unique, smaller centre tailpipe controls the sonic tone of the engine. The flow rate through the exhaust has improved by 10% compared to the previous Type R, which reduces back pressure within the system. To help generate a more aggressive tone while the engine is building speed, the centre tailpipe acts as another exhaust outflow, resulting in a 2dB increase over the previous model at the same speeds. However, at mid-load engine speed, the pressure in the centre tailpipe becomes negative, sucking in ambient air. This improves NVH characteristics by eliminating the exhaust booming sound that can otherwise permeate the passenger cabin."
You're probably thinking "but he said it was quieter, but Honda say its 2db louder?" Confusing, isn't it!
Basically the R is bit louder when you've got your foot to the floor, however, when you're trundling around town going to the shops, its quiet. Abit disappointing when you see such a loud looking car, but oh well, there's always an aftermarket fix!
So when you're cruising the centre pipe pulls air in to make the exhaust quieter....