Engines are nothing more than big air pumps. Atmosphere is sucked in, mixed with fuel, ignited, and then forced out through the exhaust system. Making this process as efficient as possible is one way to bring more power to the table. Now, if all we cared about was getting the exhaust out of the car efficiently, then things would be much simpler. But on a street car, and many race cars, the raucous noise from the engine needs to be toned down a bit through the use of mufflers. If designed right, a pair of mufflers can knock the decibels down, give the engine a nice tone, and not hurt performance.
When the OEs design an exhaust system for a new car they typically err on the side of caution by going towards quiet. This is fine for most folks, but it typically leaves some power on the table. Chances are if you’re reading this magazine, then you prefer your cars with a bit more rumble. The fifth-gen SS Camaro comes from GM way too quiet for our tastes, and others agreed, which is why there’s a plethora of aftermarket exhaust systems on the market today. But why should the V-8s get all the love? Many Camaro lovers snatched up the V-6 version for its better mileage and lower cost, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care about sound or performance.
MBRP Performance Exhaust saw this demand and developed a kit in their XP Series specifically tailored to Camaros running the 3.6L V-6 mill. This cat-back system is made from T-409 stainless and features thick 16-gauge construction. Best of all, it was developed on their dyno to ensure that it’s more than just a good-looking part. MBRP also boasts that the system is crazy easy to install. To test out this claim we borrowed Ryan Foss’ new ’12 Camaro, ordered up a complete system, grabbed a few common hand tools, and scheduled some rack time at our Source Interlink Tech Center.