When it comes to evaluating rides, we often talk about horsepower, torque, lateral grip, and zero to sixty times. But another metric can be just as important to the driver: how the ride sounds. Exhaust tone provides aural feedback. A mellow gurgle when idling turns into a throaty rumble as the ride accelerates and ends with a wild scream at wide-open throttle. Drivers like vehicles that talk to them, and some drivers like rides that talk really loud!
Loud exhaust systems are not a priority for car and truck manufacturers, and that's why so many enthusiasts turn to aftermarket exhaust kits to get the roar and tone that they want. It can be a tricky exercise. An exhaust system doesn't make the noise; the engine does. An exhaust system can alter engine noise and change how it sounds when it leaves the tips. The trick is finding a loud exhaust system that is compatible with your specific engine type that is engineered to optimize its incredibly loud natural noise and still manage to keep you street legal.
Of course, if you don't plan on using your ride on the street but exclusively on the track, straight pipes without mufflers or emission control will deliver the loudest tone and an increase in power. Straight pipes, as described above, are illegal in virtually every state for street use.