A45 S Aftermarket exhaust system

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  1. 17 Oct 2020 at 5:53 PM #1
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    This is how it should have sounded when they rolled out of Affalterbach

     
  2. 17 Oct 2020 at 9:57 PM #2
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    Sounds too loud & raspy to me.
     
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    I’m probably in the minority but pops and bangs just sound awful and obnoxious
     
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    As they say too much of anything is not a good thing
     
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    They’ve actually done a pretty good job of keeping the pops and bangs to a minimum. They sound fairly organic and not too contrived.

    I love a pop and bang when it’s a bit more natural and just a by-product of a freer flowing exhaust.
     
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    I have a standard a45s in my workshop at present, it sounds fine as stock.
    IMO that vid above is just chav central.
     
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    To be honest we’ve got this idea as car owners (and we’ve all been guilty no doubt) that we need a louder exhaust etc but the manufacturers don’t really do a bad job within their boundaries.

    When you drive a modern, stock performance car you tend to think it’s too quiet, of course it will be from the drivers seat. But if you watch someone drive off in your standard car you’ll see it sounds way better than you thought.

    But we perceive it to be quiet, do an exhaust mod, it sounds ‘good’ from driving yet everyone else hears the racket like the above.

    It’s like decatting, in the 90’s I remember being quite angry at the thought of all cars being strangled by cats (and you’d read it in mags at the time) and thinking no way I’d want that. Nowadays if I get near a car without a cat I hate it! It’s like being round a smoker in regards to you’ll be constantly getting that awful whiff on your clothes. I look after a lot of classic cars and it’s actually quite unpleasant having to be around the exhaust fumes. Makes me realise we must have all been strolling around decades ago unknowingly stinking of exhaust fumes.

    Why on earth anyone would decat a modern car I’ll never know. They make so much power now, it’s not worth the hassle at MOT, potential for a fine or the smell.
     
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    I think a decat on a road car is more trouble than it’s worth. A sports cat although expensive gets you 90% there without the ball aches.

    Modern legislation is making cars quieter and quieter though, stifling engine noise. An E46 M3 would probably unlikely meet the newest noise regulations (ignoring emissions)

    Soon a V12 Lambo can be no louder than a Ford Focus. Which is dull.
     
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    Got to give it to Merc their current AMG interiors are the best designs out there imo love that interior on the A45s puts most luxury saloons to shame from Audi and BMW let alone hatches
     
  10. 19 Oct 2020 at 10:38 PM #10
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    Very wise words.

    The stock f80 isn’t the best sounding car out there, but it’s volume isn’t too bad. Throw a £5k akra on and to me they sound no better, just louder.

    For me now, the quieter the better, as long as it’s purposeful
     
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