Installation Time: Shop Install
Installation Cost: 0-$100
June 05, 2013
I've been a flowmaster guy for over 20 years...always 40 and 50 series type stuff. I still love the sound, and consider it the benchmark musclecar tone for comparison. That said, I recently picked up an '11 GT, and like most of us with hotrod running through our veins, looked to upgrade the sound along with improving airflow as a platform for future mods.
I had nearly made up my mind to get a set of hushpowers (based on sound clips and reviews), but then I just happened to run into a dude with a '12 GT at a local convenience store. I heard him fire that thing up and I nearly dropped a load in my pants...so good I needed a private moment, if you know what I mean. I ran over and asked...he had the Borla ATAK cat-back installed. When this guy pulled out, every head in the parking lot turned to see the low flying jet; it was that loud and angry.
It wasn't the volume that really got my attention, but the tone. Fierce and deep and just plain mean. I thought that if I could get that tone and drop the sound output by a few bazillion decibels, that would be perfect...at least for me...we all have our preferences.
I did some research on Borla's offerings and decided on the stinger s-type. I've had them installed for about 2 weeks and have honestly not bothered turning on the stereo. I can't get enough of listening to them. The tone is rich and low; not as mean and loud as the ATAK, but still aggressive and throaty when you get in it. My gas mileage has dropped about 1 mpg simply because I want to put my foot in it all the time. It's a beautiful thing.
The bottom line: Yes, it's a bit expensive compared with many others, but the first time you fire it up, you'll cease to care about that ever again. Ever. The tone is great without being ridiculously loud, and can be quite tame if you can control your right foot. Fit and finish is pristine. Cruising through residential neighborhoods isn't a problem...again...if you can control yourself.
There is NO DRONE at highway cruising RPM, which for me is worth the extra cash (I've got a manual with 3:73's and cruise at around 70 if you'd like a frame of reference...probably about 2100 rpm or so).
So, if you're like me and love a rich, aggressive sound that (mostly) won't put you in bad with your neighbors, you'll be thrilled with this exhaust.
Have fun out there.