It's lighter than stock, it looks better than stock, and it boosts wheel horsepower by a whopping 19.
Lingenfelter Performance, one of the best-known and most highly-regarded GM tuners around, has just released running footage of its brand new performance exhaust upgrade for the Chevrolet Corvette C8, and it sounds absolutely glorious. While it would have been hard to find fault with the LT2 V8's factory sound, Lingenfelter's aftermarket kit is a cut above, boosting the 'Vette's classic small-block growl to an all-out roar.
The system was co-developed with the exhaust wizards at Corsa Performance, and it's a simple bolt-on installation that retains the use of the factory four-valve system to keep drone to a minimum.
As if the bad-ass sound wasn't enough, Lingenfelter's new Extreme-S C8 exhaust also boasts weight savings over the factory plumbing, although exactly how many pounds are shed in the process of upgrading the company didn't say. More importantly, there's the performance; Lingenfelter says its new high-performance exhaust system is good for up to 19 horsepower and 15 lb-ft extra at the wheels, with no changes to the engine mapping.
In the running clip published earlier this week, Lingenfelter includes a snapshot of a dynamometer chart proving those gains, showing a healthy boost in torque not just at the plot's peak, but basically throughout the rpm range.
Besides sounding superb and delivering stout performance, the Lingenfelter Extreme-S exhaust also looks terrific, being rendered in stainless steel and sporting a set of four big, 4.5" Black Chrome tips with Lingenfelter and Corsa emblems subtly laser-etched in at the very ends. Lingenfelter says it's also been designed to be fully compatible with whatever future engine mods the tuning outfit might be cooking up.
The bad news: it's pricey. Sure, no aftermarket performance mod for the C8 Corvette is ever going to be "cheap," but at $3,599 for the kit, we wonder if a number of power-hungry C8 owners won't just go all out and buy an exotic titanium exhaust.