Hey guys, I wanted to share with you my newest modification added to my R, a Borla catback exhaust system. Borla's been around for quite some time and they have a fine reputation for building high quality stainless-steel exhaust systems. When I was confronted with the possibility for them to use my R32 to proto-type a catback exhaust system, I jumped at the opportunity. To say the least, I'm very pleased with the results.
Borla has exceeded all my expectations. This catback has it all, sound, looks, performance, fitment, and quality.
The system consists of two 4.25 inch chrome exhaust tips, one rear mounted specifically R32-designed muffler, and a center mounted resanator. I don't have the exact weight but, it saved a few pounds over the surprisingly light factory VW catback system.
The Borla catback has a very mellow and smooth sound at idle. This system does not drone like many other systems and it is not annoying or loud in the cabin. You can easily listen to the radio at low sound levels or have a conversation on the phone or with other passengers without any difficulty. Even at full throttle the exhaust tone is controlled and enjoyable. There is only a slight bit of typical R32 raspyness. On the race track, my R was boasting a really nice tune compared with many other cars on the track. I am very pleased with the sound.
I can't comment on pricing yet but, I imagine that it will be similar or cheaper than many of the catbacks currently offered.
Modified by Turn8 at 9:54 PM 4-2-2009