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      11-24-2012, 04:55 PM   #1
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EVOLVE E-tronic Exhaust Review

Before I go ahead and get into my review, I will talk a little bit of how I came to the conclusion of purchasing this exhaust system. Before I even purchased my E92 M3 I knew I wanted a exhaust. It was very hard to find an exhaust I liked, I would watch endless videos and reviews about exhaust and decided to RPI GT Muffler (did not think I would like the full system) From that point I went through several different setups:

-RPI GT with Full RPI X-Pipe
-OEM Exhaust Mod Performed By VS Motorsports (Ended up being way to raspy with RPI X-Pipe and way to pingy for stock x-pipe)
-AE Exhaust with Stock X-Pipe (liked it but kinda quite)
-AE Exhaust with Challenge Street (liked it, but as time went on it got quite ha)
-AE Exhaust with Challenge Race+ (sounded great, but way too loud)

So back to the topic of the Evolve E-Tronic Exhaust. When I first saw the thread that Evolve posted I was very anxious about what they were going to come up with. I have seen many of there older threads about the E60 setup and was very excited.

At first, when videos came out I was not sure if I would like the exhaust, I am pretty sure many feel the same way, but the videos seemed to make the exhaust sound much different than it actually is. So instead of purchasing the Evolve unit first, I went ahead and purchased the Challenge Race+ X-Pipe from a friend (it was a great deal, trust me) It sounded okay for a while, but it ended up being way to loud for me and I have many complaints from my neighbors (haha) I regretted doing so haha

So this is where VS Motorsports and Evolve come into play. I went into to VS to get a Evolve Stage II tune for my car, which ended up both companies giving me a great deal on the Evolve E-Tronic Exhaust.

INSTALLATION
When it came time to install the unit, it was very easy and no modifications were needed (I mean I personally did not do the install, but watched VS Motorsports isntall it haha) Everything seemed to bolt on and fit like the stock exhaust. Evolve even supplied more bolts and screws then needed, which made it easier if something did happen down the road.


BREAKING IN THE EXHAUST
Sal@EVOLVE told me that once the exhaust is broken in the exhaust with the valve open is much louder then the initial startup. Even without a full break in of the exhaust it sounded amazing. It was indeed quite at first, but once you put on the miles the exhaust note changed and oh boy did it change!

AFTER BREAK IN
WOW!!!
There is no other way to describe it! It is a much deeper, smoother tone. When the valve was closed it sounded similar to the AE exhaust with stock x-pipe, but much deeper and louder. IT wasn't too loud, which was perfect! When you open the valve the exhaust note changes and has a very nice rumble. I would compare it to a full Dinan Exhaust, but with a deeper noise.
When the valve is open with the sport button! Boom thats when all hell breaks loss and it sounds like something that is very hard to explain. I hope the VS Motorsports/Unscene video does this exhaust justice.
When Sal and Imran were trying to sell me there exhaust, there selling point was "You get two exhausts for the price of one" and this is very correct. But honestly, you get four exhausts! When you press the Sport/M button holy crap the exhaust screams!!! Even when the valve is closed!


RUNNING WITH STOCK XPIPE

Sal asked me to run it with stock xpipe, and I was surprised at how well the unit sounded. The tone was nice with the valve closed and loud when it needed to be (open sounded like my old RPI unit) This was very surprising seeing that the unit had the stock primary cats. I thought it would be too quite, but really sounded just as nice with a full system.

CONCLUSION
This is overall a great exhaust, it is perfect for the people who don't want a loud exhaust in the morning (valve closed) and for the person who wants to whomp on the car to hear the beautiful BMW V8 sound! The only negatives I have is that it is hard to tell if the valve is completely open or closed, but you can tell when you rev it. The last negative is the sound is so good that you go through so much gas haha. I have a bigger lead foot now with the new exhaust! If you are planning on running this unit, I would suggest to run this unit with the Evolve tune, it works so well together and Sal does a great job to tune the car accordingly with the mods you have.
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      11-24-2012, 11:16 PM   #2
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Very nice sound OP! I have been hearing Evolve videos at youtube. Its definitely one of the best sounding exhaust for the M3 in the market. I have not heard it in person though. My setup is OEM GTS exhaust with custom Akra front and middle section. Sound is also epic. Will post videos when I have the chance.
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Thanks for the review!
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Thanks for the review. I'm looking forward to the black exhaust.
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      11-25-2012, 06:06 AM   #5
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Looks like an amazing piece of work!
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Why would the exhaust note be different in power mode? Does their tune change something else than throttle response in that mode? If I'm not mistaken that's the only difference in sports mode with the stock tuning.
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Why would the exhaust note be different in power mode? Does their tune change something else than throttle response in that mode? If I'm not mistaken that's the only difference in sports mode with the stock tuning.
I've noticed the same thing on my exhaust. I'm running a full system from the headers back and it does sound louder and more agressive in Sport or Sport+. Even my wife can tell the difference.
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I've noticed the same thing on my exhaust. I'm running a full system from the headers back and it does sound louder and more agressive in Sport or Sport+. Even my wife can tell the difference.
yeah not sure what it is, but it sounds different, you can notice the sound difference for sure, could be my ears playing games with me but could tell a difference with my old setup as well. Evolve does a great job with adjusting both sport mode and non sport job and did a great job when I asked for a adjusted tune with the E-Tronic Exhaust
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      11-25-2012, 01:58 PM   #9
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Sounds great! Sal, sent you an email, I have a customer interested in it.
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The change in note has nothing to do with the exhaust.

It's the throttle map in Sport and Sport + (which again, does not provide more power, just more gas, more quickly)... Benvo has some maps around here somewhere



I still want this exhaust. 'C'mon Santa, help me out!!
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The change in note has nothing to do with the exhaust.

It's the throttle map in Sport and Sport + (which again, does not provide more power, just more gas, more quickly)... Benvo has some maps around here somewhere



I still want this exhaust. 'C'mon Santa, help me out!!
I would love to hear it in person.. Anyone in the LA area?

If I like it too much I might have to sell my akra
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I would love to hear it in person.. Anyone in the LA area?

If I like it too much I might have to sell my akra
come to chicago and you can hear mine

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The change in note has nothing to do with the exhaust.

It's the throttle map in Sport and Sport + (which again, does not provide more power, just more gas, more quickly)... Benvo has some maps around here somewhere



I still want this exhaust. 'C'mon Santa, help me out!!
I agree with you, if i stated it was the exhaust my bad, but i agree it has to do with the map
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...I agree with you, if i stated it was the exhaust my bad, but i agree it has to do with the map
Don't think you did. I was trying to answer someone's question about why it sounds like you have 4 exhausts.

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Awesome review man! I can't wait to see the video that UMG puts together. Hopefully he was able to capture the exhaust note as accurate as possible.

I can't wait to hear this beast!
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Don't think you did. I was trying to answer someone's question about why it sounds like you have 4 exhausts.

BTW: Jealous of you.

LOLOL
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sounds pretty damn good. congrats
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Congrats, Enjoy! If you want, think about adding the Evolve X-pipe. Got my full system in August and still love it.
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yeah, i heard this exhaust on kitw's car. sounds great. a bit quieter with valve closed would be even better from my perspective. but sounds great anyhow.
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Congrats, Enjoy! If you want, think about adding the Evolve X-pipe. Got my full system in August and still love it.
I am currently running the full exhaust and LOVE IT! wish the weather in Chicago was nicer to drive it
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great review! sounds raw as fuck
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great review! sounds raw as fuck
I heard this beast last night....honestly, it is so much better than I expected. I knew it was going to sound incredible, but this exhaust has definitely surpassed my expectation! I can't wait to hear it at full throttle hopefully in the near future!

With the valves closed, the tone is very clean, strongly stated, and aggressive. Volume is no doubt very street compliant!

With the valve opened, huge difference! The true voice of the V8 really starts to show it's presence. It has a slight crisp burble to it and the volume is clearly increased.

Thanks for showing us some nice blips of the throttle last night!
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I heard this beast last night....honestly, it is so much better than I expected. I knew it was going to sound incredible, but this exhaust has definitely surpassed my expectation! I can't wait to hear it at full throttle hopefully in the near future!

With the valves closed, the tone is very clean, strongly stated, and aggressive. Volume is no doubt very street compliant!

With the valve opened, huge difference! The true voice of the V8 really starts to show it's presence. It has a slight crisp burble to it and the volume is clearly increased.

Thanks for showing us some nice blips of the throttle last night!
No problem Alex, too bad the weather sucks.. but hopefully stuff gets going this winter
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