When you search the internet for different exhaust you’ll typically find the same 4 brands mentioned: Corsa, Borla, Magnaflow, and Flowmaster. They all bring something different to the table whether its a different sound or a more efficient flow. The main result you can expect from aftermarket exhaust is sound. However, some will also yield a gain in horsepower (5-10%) although it’s not usually enough of an increase that you’d be able to feel.
Corsa began manufacturing exhaust for racing boats. The boat owners liked the sound so much that the demand for automotive exhaust from Corsa grew. Today, Corsa makes complete exhaust systems from the headers to the tips. Corsas are known for their loud and raspy growl. It’s intimidating and instantly recognized.
Borla has been in the game for nearly 40 years. You can tell a Borla exhaust from a Corsa exhaust by the pitch. Borlas typically have a lower and deeper tone. They can be raspy as well but most systems have that deep and rich rumble that many people crave.
A low and deep growl is Magnaflow’s signature sound. The tone remains a deep rumble at idle and cruising, but when you stomp on the gas the Magnaflows roar. Magnaflows are a popular choice for the budget-conscious customer that is looking for a deep tone.
If you’re looking for a loud exhaust that’s easy on the wallet, Flowmaster is a great choice. Flowmasters aren’t particular about the tone. They’re really made to be loud and aggressive no matter what vehicle you put them on.
How does the pricing compare?
In terms of exhaust systems, Corsa and Borla are what would be considered the leaders of the pack. They are very close in price, but are more expensive than Magnaflow and Flowmaster. Some people consider Magnaflow and Flowmaster to be the cost-effective versions of Corsa and Borla. All are great choices so it just depends on what sound you’re looking for.
Verse of the Week
“They will follow the Lord;
he will roar like a lion.
When he roars,
his children will come trembling from the west.” - Hosea 11:10