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      04-29-2013, 06:33 PM   #1
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My Akra Evo Review

After much deliberation, I finally decided to get the much celebrated Akra Evo system.

BIG THANKS goes out to Auto Couture Motoring for flawless installs, A+ customer service. Lalit, Tom, Rob, and Sal really have a true passion for these cars and it clearly shows in their work and expertise. Also, thanks to Sonic MS for the competitive pricing on the Akra, and forum members like Golffrr, Ortho281, FormulaMMM, Uber ///M3 for feedback on their Akra experiences.

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The Sound
In a word…Stupendous. The professional videos from Akra / EAS really do capture the sound accurately (sans cabin sound / effect). The overall sound is best described as refined, with a deep engineered howl-n-growl that melodically builds in octaves as revs rise. There’s slight tinge of rasp as the right moments and at blips at the beginning of each gear are particularly entertaining to hear. The duality of the exhaust is great since the car is a daily driver, it’s subtle with an exotic-burble when I want it to be, but at a flick of the ankle, the beastly V8 can howl with gusto (especially at the top of the rev – heavenly exotic sound - see clip).



The sounds are mostly whole with notes of burble crackle vs. crackling w/ lots of rasp (neither is better – comes down to your preference). The only good surprise was this exhaust was louder than I thought it would be, it’s actually pretty loud outside and there’s a deep growl in the cabin you can’t really capture in the videos , especially at the blips and low rpms.

Here's another video inside the car, but I do have an external mic set-up here.


Design / Look
Picture speaks for itself, and you can see the design, fit, and finish are perfect to a tee. There’s no inkling of something missing from looks or build quality. The tip adjustability is great and can be fine tuned for a non-diffuser, diffuser, and etc. car. Also, glad I went with Ti Tips for the contrast, but if I had an AW/light colored car, probably would of gone CF for similar reasons.

I’d love to lower the car one day, but admittedly enjoy the OEM duality of the EDC way too much Maybe I'll get some coils in the future.


The Power

Undeniable increase in hp/tq, and I came from an ESS Tune only set-up as a comparison. Net net, the car now lunges with even more urgency up to redline. I also feel the lower rpms are livelier starting from 3k. The ESS Tune certainly brings all the bolt-ons together very nicely!

On Track
On the track, the exhaust is even more in its element as you get to hear all the different octaves at varying revs. Laying down the power and tracking out of turns has noticeably been improved. My times that day were better ofcourse , but that could be a variety of factors really- maybe I was just “on it” that day.

While the exhaust is not inexpensive (although I paid well, well below MSRP), you do get what you pay for. The power, sound, looks, weight, and materials all came into play when I made the decision on the Akra, and it has definitely exceeded expectations.

Hope this helps others in their potential investment of the Akra Evo + ESS Tune.

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After several track days, the tips inside turn blue - pretty cool!

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      04-29-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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Nice. But no carbon fibre tips. .
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      04-29-2013, 06:43 PM   #3
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Nice. But no carbon fibre tips. .
Thanks bro, but on a black car, it wasn't working for me. Way too hidden. Plus Titanium is more bad ass of a material than CF IMHO
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Nice. But no carbon fibre tips. .
i like the originals better.
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I'm interested in Sound differences between Evo and gt 4 akra. Have you heard it in real life by any chance
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Nice !!! Got the Akra muffler on the way. Debating doing the mid pipe as well. Had it on my old m3. Great exhaust!

Also mine is coming with cf tips. I think the titanium is bad ass and a cooler material as well btw.
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Nice !!! Got the Akra muffler on the way. Debating doing the mid pipe as well. Had it on my old m3. Great exhaust!

Also mine is coming with cf tips. I think the titanium is bad ass and a cooler material as well btw.
Thx! and I would have gone CF like you with a AW car for sure, you can't beat that bad ass contrast. You're going to love the Akra set-up without a doubt
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Need to hear this sucka in person! Just because F1 didn't come to NJ doesn't mean we can't use those roads =) Battle of the ESS + Full Exhausts haha
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MONSTER WFO sound!!! Love your video! Post up more if you have some. This is better than the price discussion threads..... Evo is beastly. I'm not big fan of the akra exhaust videos usually (just my taste, no offense to everyone), but yours definitely the business going full tilt. I'm a believer now! I think the problem is too many of our videos are of a car sitting with the parking brake on with someone tapping the gas a few times....it's good to hear the roar under full load.

Keep up the nice work!
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Sounds awesome, louder than I thought it was going to be actually (in a good way, I'm all about louder exhausts). And +1 on Tiag tips, way better than CF I think! Beautiful car.

If I remember correctly, yours is an 08 right?
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Nice review! Love the fly by video.
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I'm interested in Sound differences between Evo and gt 4 akra. Have you heard it in real life by any chance
I have, too loud for my tastes and intended use. Do a search, you'll find some example vids for sure here.

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MONSTER WFO sound!!! Love your video! Post up more if you have some. This is better than the price discussion threads..... Evo is beastly. I'm not big fan of the akra exhaust videos usually (just my taste, no offense to everyone), but yours definitely the business going full tilt. I'm a believer now! I think the problem is too many of our videos are of a car sitting with the parking brake on with someone tapping the gas a few times....it's good to hear the roar under full load.

Keep up the nice work!
Thanks! true on vid examples, very few have it warmed up and ready to roar or have it roaring down a strip.

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Sounds awesome, louder than I thought it was going to be actually (in a good way, I'm all about louder exhausts). And +1 on Tiag tips, way better than CF I think! Beautiful car.

If I remember correctly, yours is an 08 right?
Thanks! I had an '08 and loved that car. Sold her and got a new one w/ ZCP.

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Nice review! Love the fly by video.
Thanks bro, and for the advice you gave on the Akra, much appreciated.
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well played as you know I am think the Akra Evo is the best all around set up! congrats again buddy and enjoy!
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Great write-up, such a sublime exhaust. Great to hear it flat out at the track.
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Great write-up, such a sublime exhaust. Great to hear it flat out at the track.
Thanks! It's been a great set-up thus far and it certainly has me driving the "long way" to every destination, there's nothing like the Akrapovic exhaust wail at 8,600 rpm in a tunnel or driving near walled stretch of highway. Just plain heaven.
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Nice !!! Got the Akra muffler on the way. Debating doing the mid pipe as well. Had it on my old m3. Great exhaust!

Also mine is coming with cf tips. I think the titanium is bad ass and a cooler material as well btw.
I must hear yours in person when you get it!
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