Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Stephanie with americanmuscle.com, here with my review of the Borla ATAK cat-back exhaust system fitting all 2015 and up V6 Mustangs. There is no doubt in my mind that the Borla ATAK cat-back is going to be for the V6 owner out there that's looking for a high-quality system that's going to deliver a ton of sound. The ATAK is by far the loudest and most aggressive muffler in the Borla lineup, which also includes the Touring and the S-type. Borla says that ATAK stands for Acoustically-Tuned Applied Kinetics, which is basically Borla's fancy way of saying that this muffler is going to be loud but it's not going to get distorted or sloppy.
So a cat-back is obviously going to replace the factory resonator mid-pipe, and Borla does it with their own midpipe resonator, as you can see right here. Now, this is a two-and-a-quarter-inch system, which is the same as the factory system. And this is manual Benz stainless steel tubing. The system is made from T304 stainless steel, which is the highest-quality material that you can get. And it's also been proven to be the best material for exhaust components. Finally, Borla finishes this system with the ATAK mufflers, which we have already sort of discussed.
They're one of the loudest options out there and they're paired with four-inch chrome stainless steel tips that have the Borla logo embossed on them, which gives them a nice look under the rear of the car. There also isn't any of that high-end extortion that you normally hear with loud systems. And I think that makes for a very attractive-sounding system for the V6. The system does have some raspiness to it and a crackle or gurgle on diesel as, well as some pops, but it really just reminds me of a GT sound. This is loud, but I think the tuning of the mufflers keeps the loudness from being just noise. And as you guys already heard at the beginning of the video, the sound is certainly aggressive.
If you compare the ATAK system to the Touring and even the S-Type, in my opinion, it's more of a higher-pitch tone. I'd say that the Borla S-Type muffler produces a slightly deeper tone. Now, with all of that being said, I'm going to give this a four and half out of five on the loudness scale - with one being a very quiet system and five being your neighbors are leaving notes on your car asking you to only start it during waking hours. Keep in mind that if you ever change your headers down the road, this could open up even more noise for you. So if your biggest deciding factor when shopping for a cat-back is loud, I'd say that the ATAK from Borla is probably going to be the top choice here at AM. If you aren't looking for that loud, then Borla does have other options that I mentioned already.
Currently Borla is the only company producing high-end cat-backs for the V6 and naturally they're going to be the highest-priced. All of Borla's cat-backs are in the same price range for the V6, which is right in between $1200 and $1300. There are other options from companies like Mark and Gibson that are available, and on average, those are costing in the price range of $800 and $900. So if the Borla is a little highly priced for you, you can check those out as well, but just know that the quality, engineering, and fitment of those brands is probably not going to be on the same level as Borla, if that matters to you.
When it comes to the installer, you're going to be looking at an easy one out of three wrenches on the scale when we look at difficulty. This is considered a direct built-on item, so you won't need to cut anything or modify anything to get it installed. All that you're really going to need is a socket set, and a lift would certainly make things easier, but the job can be done on stands as well. You're going to be removing the exhaust from your resonator back, so an extra set of hands can make things easier for you here. You'll be moving the rear hangers to the new cat-back, so I'd recommend just taking them off with the factory exhaust when you drop that. It'll just make the swap a little bit easier.
The only other thing you'll need to reuse are the front cleanse off of the resonator for the front of the new resonator. When you go to install your new set-up, as usual, it's probably going to a little bit easier if you started by hanging the mufflers first. And just in case you're wondering, the cat-back does come with two new sets of clamps for the rest of the system. You can figure on spending about an hour or two from start to finish to get all of this done.
To wrap things up with the ATAK cat-back, this is a very loud system, the loudest of the series of three systems that Borla produces, and it doesn't have a drone or any type of sound distortion even in the higher RPMs. It's also a high-quality system that's easy to install and finishes with orange polish tips to give a mean look to go with the mean sound that it produces.
I'm Stephanie, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.
Loud Aggressive Sound.
Add a touch of Borla excellence to your V6 powered S550 Mustang with an "ATAK" catback exhaust system. A Borla "ATAK" catback system will significantly increase exhaust flow over the restrictive factory exhaust system for a dramatic increase in rear wheel horsepower and an aggressive muscle car sound that is not for the faint of heart. ATAK.
Acoustically-Tuned Applied Kinetics, is Borla's newest technology that produces the highest available dB (decibel) levels to pump the volume while retaining clarity of sound, avoiding distortion typically found in louder exhausts. High Quality Construction.
Manufactured from ultra smooth mandrel bent 2.25" diameter T-304 stainless steel tubing to improve exhaust flow, this Borla catback exhaust system includes a Mid Pipe resonator and features (2) race inspired "ATAK" mufflers with 4" chromed stainless steel tips that are embossed with the Borla logo for both impressive looks and great sound. Application.
This Borla ATAK Cat-Back exhaust system is designed as a direct bolt on replacement for the 2015-2017 Fastback Mustangs equipped with the 3.7L V6 engine. Not compatible on convertible models.
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- What's in the Box
- (1) Right muffler assembly
- (1) Left muffler assembly
- (1) Mid-pipe resonator muffler
- (1) Right intermediate pipe
- (1) Left intermediate pipe
- Installation Info
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Tech Specs
Cat-Back Exhaust Specifications
||Tip Material :
||Chromed Stainless Steel |
- Will it fit my Mustang?
Not Compatible on Convertible Models.