This Is What The Ford Explorer ST Should Sound Like

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But can it match a V8?

No matter how loud car companies make their latest performance models, there will always be people who want to make them louder. Borla Performance Industries loves these people, as they help keep the exhaust specialist in business. These days, buyers aren't just looking to make their sports cars louder, they want their trucks and SUVs to be louder too.

Borla will now produce exhaust systems for the 2020 Ford Explorer in its XLT, Limited, and ST trim levels. Sorry, Explorer Hybrid owners, it doesn't look like Borla has an exhaust for you just yet. All of the exhaust systems are made using T-304 Stainless Steel and will fit the Explorer's 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, or the 3.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 used in the ST model.

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Borla has posted two acceleration videos of the more powerful Explorer ST. This performance SUV packs 400 horsepower from its EcoBoost V6, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. 0-60 mph in the ST takes around 5.5 seconds and will now sound a bit better thanks to Borla. The first video shows the company's S-Type Cat-Back system, which is designed for a drone-free experience. In the second video, the Explorer ST is fitted with the ATAK Cat-Back system, which is considerably louder. We prefer the sound of the throatier ATAK system, but neither will likely grab the attention of a Jeep Trackhawk owner.

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Borla Performance Industries

Both systems feature dual 4-inch round rolled angle-cut tips finished in your choice of chrome, black chrome, or carbon fiber. While the sound from the Explorer ST isn't displeasing, with think Borla's exhaust sounded better on the Kia Telluride with its naturally aspirated V6. Turbochargers send to muffle the sound of an engine and because of this, the Explorer ST isn't deafeningly loud even with Borla's ATAK exhaust. We doubt too many people will want to wake up their entire neighborhood every time they start their SUV, so this could be considered a good thing.

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