New Exhaust Kit Unleashes Ford Explorer's Inner Mustang

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Even crossovers deserve to sound ferocious.

It used to be that if you wanted to motivate a vehicle as large as the full-size Ford Explorer crossover utility vehicle, you needed a whole lot more than 2.3 liters of displacement. But in the modern era, downsizing and turbocharging is the new norm, as in the Ford Mustang's base turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine - a mill that makes a V6-like 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

That same engine is the beating heart of much of the 2020 Ford Explorer lineup, albeit down-tuned to avoid cramping the Mustang's performance-oriented style. But if you want to unleash your Explorer's inner Mustang, Borla Performance is here to help.

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Borla has released a new cat-back exhaust kit for the 2020 Ford Explorer XLT and Limited with the 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder, based on the company's S-Type mufflers. Those mufflers are designed for a moderate sound level - not too loud, but not too quiet - with no drone. The rest of the system employs 2.25-inch-diameter T-304 stainless steel plumbing for great looks that last, with all the corrosion resistance a properly good exhaust kit should have.

The cat-back exhaust kit comes standard with a pair of bright chrome exhaust tips, but black chrome is available as an option on the Ford Explorer Limited, and Borla says that a modest increase in power output can be expected thanks to the system's freer-flowing design.

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But the selling point, hands down, is the sound. It's much more gruff and aggressive than the factory system, which is tuned to minimize the sound level to appease Ford's choosiest customers. Just watch the clip above to hear Borla's 2020 Ford Explorer 2.3 cat-back exhaust in action.

Naturally, Borla also makes exhaust kits for the performance-oriented Ford Explorer ST, in two different sound levels and with available carbon-fiber exhaust tips. We don't imagine there's any measurable performance advantage to those tips, but if you could get carbon-fiber exhaust outlets on your car, wouldn't you?


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