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    RS5 Exhaust Tone Thread

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    Hi All,

    In my pursuit of a proper exhaust, I'd like to know everybody's opinion on exhaust tones, especially with the introduction of a few new offerings from Velocity and JHM.

    I'm looking for something exotic, loud enough, valved. With this being a 2-4k investment, I would love to get a thread going over the different tones, as it is very hard to pick out over video and I would rather talk to owner's directly.

    Options are:

    Akrapovic
    Armytryix
    Capristo Res
    Capristo Non-Res
    JHM
    VelocityAP
    Gthaus
    Milltek

    New Adds: Remus

    What are you favorites, and kind of rate them 1-10 on loudness, exotic tone, Muscle tone, etc.


    Thanks! And if there is a thread like this, I couldn't find one. Since we are not just bolting on a 300 dollar muffler like my old V8's it would be helpful to me and many other people on the fence.
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    My selection would be Capristo Non-Res for my RS5. With stock DPs, the volume would be 7 of 10, and Non-Res sounds more exotic and interesting with some rasp at the top. It's less expensive and lighter than Res too.... so triple win 😁
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    Honestly I think most of the setups sound pretty similar and exotic sounding.... that is just due to the fact that the RS5 engine produces a high pitched exotic tone already by default.

    I'd say VelAP. capristo, awe track extreme, akra + awe dp, gt haus and armytrix= more high pitched F1

    JHM, capristo res, miltek, awe resonated, akra (stock downpipes)= Deep V8 Rumble
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    This weekend I had 2 RS5s in the garage with two very different exhaust setups. We idled, reved, cruised and went WOT for a few hours. Hereís what I came away with:

    Armytrrix RS5: insane. Simply insane. It sounds like Hellís Soundtrack cranked up to 11. Valved. You can kind of quiet it down a little. Sounds like pure awesome on the freeway at WOT. 9/10-10/10 on the Db scale. I couldnít handle it full time even as much as I like it.

    Akropovic and AWE Non Res (mine): I can only compare it to The Capristo for sound levels. I think itís closer to the Capristo with a more exotic tone because of the titanium. Hellsís Symphony. Valved. Can be quiet. Can be a screamer. 4/10-8.5/10 on the Db scale. Tips the scale $ wise but is 1/2 the weight. I can hear the burbles and pops just barely below the surface with on/off throttle feathering.

    I love this exhaust but the best bang for the buck isnít the Akropovic. Itís stupid $ and you get as good of sounds from the Capristo for 40% less. Akropovic does give the Carbon tips and weight savings though.
    Last edited by s vier; 06-08-2018 at 03:57 AM.
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    haha my mistake, forgot to add that! Akra + AWE NON Res def has a nice exotic tone
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    After trying out several options, I wound up preferring a non-exotic non-valved AWE Track Exhaust with stock OEM downpipes. To each their own but for me its the perfect combination of sound quality and volume as well as balance of engine vs muffler/tailpipe volume. I know you're looking for valved but with the AWE I found all you have to do is drive around in auto-D mode and its very quiet but auto-S mode opens it up nicely while trawling around at 5k rpm in Manual mode is the best. Just saying you may not need to spend $4k - and ofc if you need obscene levels of volume, you can always throw on the non-res DPs and still be under $2k...not to mention the guys at Xpel who drive true exotics every day in and out of their garage bays have all said my car sounds amazing and like a supercar - which is high praise coming from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s vier View Post
    This weekend I had 2 RS5s in the garage with two very different exhaust setups. We idled, reved, cruised and went WOT for a few hours. Hereís what I came away with:

    Armytrrix RS5: insane. Simply insane. It sounds like Hellís Soundtrack cranked up to 11. Valved. You can kind of quiet it down a little. Sounds like pure awesome on the freeway at WOT. 9/10-10/10 on the Db scale. I couldnít handle it full time even as much as I like it.

    Akropovic and AWE Non Res (mine): I can only compare it to The Capristo for sound levels. For Beast to not include it in his ďexoticĒ sounds list has me scratching my head. I think itís closer to the Capristo with a more exotic tone because of the titanium. Hellsís Symphony. Valved. Can be quiet. Can be a screamer. 4/10-8.5/10 on the Db scale. Tips the scale $ wise but is 1/2 the weight. I can hear the burbles and pops just barely below the surface with on/off throttle feathering.

    I love this exhaust but the best bang for the buck isnít the Akropovic. Itís stupid $ and you get as good of sounds from the Capristo for 40% less. Akropovic does give the Carbon tips and weight savings though.
    Was the armytrix valve closed civilized at all? If it's more like the AWE extreme all the time, that would grind on me. Stock DP's on the one?

    Capristo definitely is what I'm leaning towards, akrapovic out of my budget but you are definitely saying what i've heard from others, an awesome piece of work from Akra.

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    You forgot Remus

    Quote Originally Posted by spa View Post
    I have it on my car, very well made system, it sounds amazing. Remus videos are very few and don't sound at all like it does in the flesh. I have their race system, which is no resonators only has mufflers and piping. I had a X put in after the downpipes, sounded insanely good and loud but I couldn't live with it like that (old neighbourhood that is really quiet, couldn't leave early in the morning or late at night with out pissing off everyone, cold start was like a bomb going off). To resolve this, if put in a resonated X-pipe toned it down a lot and made the sound deeper (happy wife and neighbours now) still sounds glorious with valves open but it quiet a few db quieter. I'm blankenberg on instagram.. I don't have much on my car on there but if you scroll down you can find a parking lot snownut video shot by a friend from outside the car that one is with the resonated x pipe and then in a earlier video of a highway pull with is regular X pipe with the windows up from inside the car.
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    If anyone wants to hear the Akropovic with non Resonated DPs on a cold start check the video on my Instagram GERMANBrew. Started in Comfort Mode then popped to Dynamic 10 seconds into the video. I only have (2) videos on there. Itís the one with the steering wheel on top of the car.
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    My consensus is that microphones generally suck, because some videos sound like what I think the OEM Sports sound like, but it's all going through normalization and leveling once you record it, so it's so hard to tell the differences!

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    You really canít go wrong with any option but they certainly are all very different. I have a long thread somewhere after I switched from AWE track (resonated - not track extreme) to Capristo and while both are great, the Capristo is IMO much nicer and refined. The AWE definitely has the more exotic almost Italian sound and is almost unbeatable at 7k+ rpm, but I couldnít handle the drone and 98% of city driving (and long highway) commutes is where the Capristo shines. It sounds amazing almost all the time, much deeper and throatier, with the only downside being a small amount of weedwacker noise on upshifts at higher revs. I can try and find the link if you want. Basically itís been 3 or 4 years of bliss with the Capristo and even driving 4 seasons on our salty roads there is no sign of corrosion or wear on the system.

    One option I would like to try, but donít want to risk the unnecessary expense of it didnít pan out, would be non-res pipes with stock exhaust along with the eventuri intake. Anybody running that?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnhanson View Post
    You really canít go wrong with any option but they certainly are all very different. I have a long thread somewhere after I switched from AWE track (resonated - not track extreme) to Capristo and while both are great, the Capristo is IMO much nicer and refined. The AWE definitely has the more exotic almost Italian sound and is almost unbeatable at 7k+ rpm, but I couldnít handle the drone and 98% of city driving (and long highway) commutes is where the Capristo shines. It sounds amazing almost all the time, much deeper and throatier, with the only downside being a small amount of weedwacker noise on upshifts at higher revs. I can try and find the link if you want. Basically itís been 3 or 4 years of bliss with the Capristo and even driving 4 seasons on our salty roads there is no sign of corrosion or wear on the system.

    One option I would like to try, but donít want to risk the unnecessary expense of it didnít pan out, would be non-res pipes with stock exhaust along with the eventuri intake. Anybody running that?


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    thats what I have currently. It is a great setup but it leaves you itching for more from the exhaust. Definitely not as good as a full exhaust system. That's why I recently picked up the Velocity valved system to finish it off.
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    RS5 Exhaust Tone Thread

    Oh man that will be sick. Post vids indeed. You also have the overrun/burble tune correct?


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    Honestly the AWE with their resonated downpipes are loud enough at WOT to get you arrested and zero drone. No valves to fail, just sounds great all the time no matter what mode youíre in. The same exhaust with non-res, aka track extreme, as others have said is super exotic sounding but just not livable day in and day out. The resonates downpiipes simply move the volume and sound from like its coming from underneath you to out the back at the tailpipes. The tone is the same.

    Money no object, itíd be the Akra but just due to the weight savings. If the JHM system proves to outperform a 2.5Ē system across the rev range, thatís be my choice although from early reports it would probably be too loud (for me).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnhanson View Post
    Oh man that will be sick. Post vids indeed. You also have the overrun/burble tune correct?


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    Yup! I love the overrun feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ape Factory View Post
    Honestly the AWE with their resonated downpipes are loud enough at WOT to get you arrested and zero drone. No valves to fail, just sounds great all the time no matter what mode youíre in. The same exhaust with non-res, aka track extreme, as others have said is super exotic sounding but just not livable day in and day out. The resonates downpiipes simply move the volume and sound from like its coming from underneath you to out the back at the tailpipes. The tone is the same.

    Money no object, itíd be the Akra but just due to the weight savings. If the JHM system proves to outperform a 2.5Ē system across the rev range, thatís be my choice although from early reports it would probably be too loud (for me).
    To each their own, but the JHM system isnít louder than the AWE system, I had the touring setup and non res pipes on my S5. Different car, I know, but the JHM system really suits the car.

    I in no way stand to benefit from other people going JHM (I also think the Velocity is amazing) BUT I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed by going another direction, waiting for data. I do understand the desire for performance figures, but look at JHMs track record and the performance they got out of the RS4ís 2.75Ē system by itself. I believe them when they say if you want the best performing exhaust system, this is it. My gut says with their tune and exhaust weíll see 1/4 mile figures in the high 11ís. I donít have a video of it, but I was able to pull away from a 50km rolling start against my brothers E92 M3, which is almost unheard of unless we were at a stand still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuyTheWarranty View Post
    To each their own, but the JHM system isnít louder than the AWE system, I had the touring setup and non res pipes on my S5. Different car, I know, but the JHM system really suits the car.

    I in no way stand to benefit from other people going JHM (I also think the Velocity is amazing) BUT I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed by going another direction, waiting for data. I do understand the desire for performance figures, but look at JHMs track record and the performance they got out of the RS4ís 2.75Ē system by itself. I believe them when they say if you want the best performing exhaust system, this is it. My gut says with their tune and exhaust weíll see 1/4 mile figures in the high 11ís. I donít have a video of it, but I was able to pull away from a 50km rolling start against my brothers E92 M3, which is almost unheard of unless we were at a stand still.
    My car is bone stock and I beat an M3 from a 50mph roll. 50- 130, it was close like I had about a car length on him by 130 but I won twice. Unless it was a 335I and he put an M badge on it but I'm pretty sure it was an M3. Dunno what gen.
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    hmmm how fo I upload video to the forum, Ive got a video of my set up if you are interested in hearing it

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    How about Kline?

    Edit: just did some light googling, seems they do headers without cats and they can put high flow cats in the downpipes if you still need them, but they do headers and or a downpipe back valved exhaust, in your choice of stainless or full Inconel 625 including the headers.

    I have an email out to them asking for shipped prices to the US but from what I'm seeing the downpipe back in stainless is only about $2800, headers in stainless another $2500-3000. And double that for Inconel.

    https://youtu.be/T-z4uwlLG5M
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pandamonium View Post
    hmmm how fo I upload video to the forum, Ive got a video of my set up if you are interested in hearing it

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    Upload it to youtube or Vimeo then paste the link here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Delasangre4231 View Post
    How about Kline?

    Edit: just did some light googling, seems they do headers without cats and they can put high flow cats in the downpipes if you still need them, but they do headers and or a downpipe back valved exhaust, in your choice of stainless or full Inconel 625 including the headers.

    I have an email out to them asking for shipped prices to the US but from what I'm seeing the downpipe back in stainless is only about $2800, headers in stainless another $2500-3000. And double that for Inconel.

    https://youtu.be/T-z4uwlLG5M

    I think they have discontinued the headers. Let us know what they say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beast View Post
    I think they have discontinued the headers. Let us know what they say.
    They are still listed and pictured on their website, but it might be made to order. I'd only be interested in the down pipes back system because I don't want to pull the motor to install headers, but looking at the Dyno charts from their customers it's a significant gain.
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    I have some emails back from Kline Innovations.

    Quote Originally Posted by Felix@Kline Innovations
    Thank you for your inquiry.

    We have a splendid system for your car. It is very civilized with valves closed and wild on valves open. The system is valvetronic and will work with the factory dash controls.

    We have special pricing on this system.
    Stainless steel is 2500 euro and Inconel is 4850 euro. Shipping to US is 200 euro with UPS.

    We currently need 4 weeks to finish a system.

    The setup contains :

    Downpipes
    Center X pipe section (loud non resonated or resonated) Just 150 euro extra for resonated.
    Rear valvetronic muffler section

    The entire system is 70mm diameter.

    The headers have been discontinued I am afraid.
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