This is Alvin from Borla Performance Industries in California. We have a 2012 Beetle Turbo and have started R&D for a cat-back exhaust.
I'm asking you owners for your input in sound level and design as we begin this project. Some of you may have experienced our cat-back product for the mk6 GTI. We've had positive feedback on our GTI product and are pursuing this direction in our efforts. Any feedback is welcome. Thanks in advance for your interest in Borla for your Beetle turbo!
"...there has to be a balanced design to enhance the maximum engine output, exhaust gas velocity, and sound. If the diameter of the tubing is too large, the exhaust gas velocity will be reduced and rob the exhaust of thermal efficiency."
I'll post R&D video soon and I estimate 4-5 weeks for website release inital pilot build. Thanks for your interest in Borla!
We will have (5)-140485 systems available next week made @ R&D facility in CA. Please check our website for offical product release next week. Full production build estimate is 6-8 weeks @ Borla manufacturing in Tennessee.
These systems carry our limited million-mile-warranty. Thanks.
I would estimate MSRP <$800.
Similar layout (different geometry) to our popular mkVI GTI 140347.
Some development pics of Borla Cat-back 140485:
Larger than stock 4" polished SS tips..
Direct replacement, no cutting or welding. Simple installation.
Super special pricing available NOW for Borla's Turbo Beetle Cat Back Exhaust !
Spoke to Alvin at Borla, Ca. and ordered one of the 5 limited-run pilot units they
have @ $597.39 plus shipping from Ca.. Once these 5 units are gone, you will have
to order the main production from their Tennessee facility and their site shows the
unit (Part # 140485) at an available price of $735.67. You can reach Alvin Tolosa
at the following email address - firstname.lastname@example.org
Loving mine so far! Got a couple of thousand miles into it now and still sounds great!
2012 Platinum Grey Turbo Beetle, S1 & S2 APR Carbonio intake, APR Stage 2 ECU tune, Pioneer nav/dvd, Koni Coilovers, 3" SPM Turbo Back exhaust, Clutch Masters FX400 clutch & flywheel, USP ESP switch, USP SS Brake Lines, SPM Engine/Trans/Dogbone mounts, SPM Intecooler, Diesel Geek Short Shifter, Custom Powdercoated Audi Flat Fives, Custom Leather Interior, more to come.... Build thread
to locate auto retail outlets that are Borla distributors who offer them for sale to the public
and see if they ever have the one for the TB at sale prices of 10 - 20% off. Note also, that
the Borla video is of a TB that is a 'stock' car so you are going to realize somewhat louder
tones if you have a Stage II set-up. The Youtube video of a GLI with the Borla exhaust is a
Stage II set-up and is more indicative of the sound levels you will have in a Stage II equipped
Finally, got mine installed today after being away for a couple of weeks.
Man, this thing sounds sweet.
Mods so far: 20% Tint - Carbonio CAI Stage I & II - APR Stage II ECU - APR 3" Down/Mid Pipe - Borla Cat Back Exhaust SOON TO BE INSTALLED/ORDERED: Forge DV, Podi Boost Gauge, USP Stainless Brake Lines, USP ESP Switch.
Installed my Borla catback on a 2012 Turbo Beetle with a manual six speed last week. For the most part I like it, it's got a nice rumble that resembles the sound I remember hearing from the older air cooled, rear engined Bugs. Exhaust tips a little larger and stick out a little longer than I would prefer, but for me I'd been happy with the stock tips. Definitely feels like a little more power, too.
Unfortunately however, it's annoying at 75+mph in six gear going down the turnpike or interstate. I guess the rpm's are about 2,500 to 3,000 and when the turbo is open, it just gets a tad too annoying in the back. When I was 16 it would have been just fine, but not twenty years later.
Set the cruise on a level road and it's not too bad, but put your foot down or go up a hill and have the cruise adjust upward, it's just a tad too loud for my personal preference. Not sure if there is anything further I can do to squelch that, as I fear a long trip would force me to like it less and less. Could I swap the Borla muffler with a slightly quieter version, perhaps?