Coming to American roads in early 2014, the seventh generation Volkswagen GTI, new for the model year 2015, features a very traditional look that betrays the many advances contained within.
The new GTI will be the first car delivered to America by the German automotive giant that features the new MQB transverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive design. This is a design that allows for both a more modular design and manufacturing process, but also reduces costs…which means VW owners get more technology for their dollar. Read more
The new C7 Corvette is one of the most anticipated cars coming out this year. GM’s financial problems kept a new Corvette off the the table, leaving the C6 in production for nine years, long enough that even Chevy’s own Camaro SS was starting to threaten the Corvette’s dominance. Now with nearly a decade of technological advancement to catch up on, the latest ‘Vette is lighter, faster and more fuel efficient.
Flowmaster’s most recent newsletter mentions that a new Hushpower muffler called the dbX is “set to debut.” This is sort of funny because the dbX has been out at least since SEMA (about 4 months ago, give or take) and probably longer. I guess the public still hasn’t found out about it.
The big benefits to the dbX are:
- They meet strict noise regulation requirements. If you live in a place where loud mufflers are verboten – or you aren’t the kind of guy or gal who digs a loud exhaust system – the dbX should be on your consideration list.
- The external surface runs cooler than most other after-market mufflers, which makes it easier to use them on small cars, run them closer to other components, etc.
- No ‘fast and furious’ fart-can noise that so many sport-compact mufflers and/or mufflers for small displacement engines seem to suffer from. Hushpower doesn’t want your small engine to sound like a lawnmower.
- Price. They’re cost-competitive with anything you’ll find on the market
Here’s a schematic of the new dbX from Flowmaster: Read more
The DynoMax “drone free” VT muffler is now available on a wider variety of vehicles, according to the DynoMax website. We profiled the DynoMax VT muffler a few weeks back, so you should check it out if you haven’t already. The muffler design is conceptually very simple, and based on some testing we found it seems to work.
The list of vehicles that DynoMax has added to their VT muffler line-up is telling – it’s a safe bet that most of the vehicles on this list have some sort of drone problem with a lot of after-market mufflers: Read more
New Product: DynoMax Exhaust System for 2008+ Ford Super Duty
Diesel pickup trucks can benefit a lot from exhaust systems. Part of the reason is that big diesel pickups rely upon turbochargers, and turbochargers spool up quicker when they’re attached to a low-restriction exhaust system.
Another reason that diesels benefit so much from exhaust system upgrades is that they make a lot of exhaust – especially when they’re tuned up with a computer chip or a Banks PowerPack. If you own a 2008-2010 Ford SuperDuty F250 or F350 with a diesel, you want to look into a new exhaust system.
But what if you own a Super Duty with a 5.4L V8 or 6.8L V10? Read more
After-market exhaust system manufacturers will almost always promise that their exhaust systems improve performance, but often time these companies are unwilling or unable to specify a particular performance improvement. That’s why it’s refreshing to see DynoMax offer specific performance improvement estimates for their new 2010 Camaro exhaust system. Read more
New Product: MagnaFlow Announces New Glass Pack Mufflers
There are a few phrases in the world of exhaust systems that automatically conjure up the “I want to go fast and I don’t care how loud” image. They are:
- “straight pipe”
- “cut-outs” and
- “glass packs”
I’ve never thought of a glass pack as a particularly good thing. First of all, they’re notoriously cheap. They don’t do much in the way of “muffling” and the popular perception is that the fiberglass packed stuffing inside them (hence the name “glass pack”) is only going to burn-up and/or blow out.