Here's How To Make The Subaru BRZ Sound Like A WRX

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That's either a good or bad thing, depending on who you ask.

This was pretty much inevitable. Over the last several years, both the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ have become the poster children of cheap tuner cars. There's a slew of aftermarket parts available for both, from turbo kits all the way down to little stuff like shift knobs. AWE Tuning out of Philly makes a lot of that stuff. Now, it makes a little more.

The tuning house recently released a pair of new exhaust systems for the refreshed pair of affordable sports cars. One, the Touring Edition, is more for street use, and shouldn't be "my-neighbors-hate-me-for-some-weird-reason" loud. The other will. That one is fittingly called the Track Edition, and both make use of some neat technology to make them better at being louder.

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One of the biggest issues folks run into with aftermarket exhausts is drone. Basically, your car's stock exhaust has sections in it called resonators. Those resonators cancel specific vibrations and noises at specific frequencies, leading to a quieter, more pleasant sound, especially on the highway. In the name of noise, those often get ditched. AWE has a special resonator in the Touring exhaust that gives you the best of both worlds: more volume without the noisy drone.

The Track exhaust is much more straightforward. That one is all about performance, simply removing exhaust gasses from the car as fast and efficiently as possible. Should you opt for one exhaust and decide to go for another, AWE also sells conversion kits for easy back and forth between the two.

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Both of these exhausts sound pretty solid. Of course, through a computer's speakers, the Track sounds the best. However, you've got to be all about the boxer sound. Both the 86 and BRZ use Subaru's boxer-four engine, and that's either a plus or a minus for you. Both cars also sound a lot like a Subaru WRX with any sort of exhaust on them - AWE-made or not.

Swapping for a performance exhaust can have some real benefits, as long as you know what you're in for sound-wise. Of course, you get more volume and tone, and AWE's exhausts are made from stainless steel, which should further help cut down on weight. For the DIY-ers, AWE says these are direct bolt-on systems, meaning no fabrication is necessary. Pricing is set at $1,245-$1,295 for the Touring Edition, with the Track Edition set at $945-$995. The only upcharge there is for the black exhaust tips. Just read the directions and you'll be making Boxer noises in no time.

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