I find modern cars too quiet sometimes. Its nice to not be bombarded with wind noise and tire howl and to not have to listen to a symphony of rattles and creaking on your daily drive. However, I do miss a little of the good old fashioned mechanical soundtrack that used to accompany driving a good car. It reminded you that you were being propelled through space by metal and gas and thousands of tiny explosions, all at the command of your right foot. Now a days, everything is whines and whooshes and...holy cow, manufacturers are now having to rig up artificial engine sound generators just to keep us from falling asleep from shear boredom! The Mazda 6 is a great driving car and I felt that it needed a little exhaust note to make the experience perfect.
Racing Beat Power-Pulse Rear Muffler.
I chose the Racing Beat muffler for several reasons...
I liked the idea of a single muffler assembly - as opposed to two smaller mufflers and a Y-pipe, the price was reasonable, it had good reviews, was rumored to be "not too loud," and its Racing Beat after all. What goes better with Mazda than Racing Beat?
The muffler looks well made and sturdy. It was a snap to install and everything lined up perfectly on the first try...definitely the easiest aftermarket exhaust I've ever put on. I ended up painting the big shiny can black because I didn't care for the look of polished stainless, but that was a personal thing.
How does it sound? Its just about perfect for me...a nice mellow hum at cruise, with a nice little growl when you step into it. There is no resonance or drone whatsoever. Its a wonderful system and I'm very pleased with my purchase. Does it make my car feel faster? Probably not, but I don't really care. The Racing Beat looks great and sounds perfect. What's not to love?