It might be the most F1-sounding road car we've ever heard.
When it comes to exotic sports car exhausts, Fabspeed has proven time and again that it's a company that should be on everyone's radar. The US-based performance exhaust manufacturer already makes one of the best exhausts around for the new mid-engine Corvette, delivering weight savings of 20 pounds and up to 11 extra horsepower while sounding absolutely ferocious.
But even long-discontinued exotics deserve some love, and Fabspeed is happy to oblige with its Ferrari F430 Race Performance Exhaust package. Fabspeed recently put out a video demonstrating the exhaust note of the system installed on an F430 with the available gated six-speed manual transmission, and it's the best-sounding thing you'll hear all day.
Demonstrated side-by-side with the Ferrari F430's stock exhaust system, Fabspeed's race exhaust makes it clear just how "tame" the factory exhaust is, the 4.3-liter flat-plane-crank V8 absolutely wailing as it approaches its 8,500-rpm redline. In testing the car on public roads, the folks at Fabspeed may or may not have had the cops called on them by some irritated neighbors.
The reason it's so loud? Fabspeed's F430 race exhaust is essentially a "straight-pipe" exhaust, with no mufflers to dull the noise. An X-pipe junction balances the V8's two cylinder banks, and the system can be run either with or without catalysts, but apart from that, it's a straight shot from the merge collectors to the exhaust tips.
Fabspeed's race system adds 20 wheel horsepower and 13 lb-ft of torque to the F430's already impressive output, shedding a full 22 pounds of excess mass in the process. Fashioned from beautifully polished 14- to 16-gauge T304L stainless steel, it's available with a trio of exhaust tip finish options: satin black, carbon fiber, or polished stainless.
The price for such a system? The Fabspeed F430 Supersport X-Pipe RaceLine Exhaust system is priced from $3,195.95 before tax or shipping - by no means an excessive price for one of the best-sounding exhausts we've ever heard. Of course, if you don't already have an F430 to put it on, you should anticipate dropping another $100k to $250k for a good used example.
Or just play the Fabspeed video above on repeat.