So you've just bought a Corvette, and like most hobbyists, you've already got your eyes and your ears focused on the exhaust system. Sure, the factory pipes are fine for the no-mod crowd, but you've heard the fantastic rumble of Vettes at the dragstrips and show fields, and you're ready to give yours an exhaust that delivers both the ultimate in performance and the most stellar sound on planet Earth.
But where do you start? How can you tell one exhaust system from another without spending hours of research at car shows and on the internet? To make this formidable task less of a challenge, we've compiled a list of the best systems available in today's marketplace. Limiting our selections to parts that are sold in the USA, we asked 16 manufacturers to tell us about their Corvette exhaust systems, including how they're constructed, what benefits they offer, how they sound, and what their warranties include.
Because choosing an exhaust system is based largely upon personal likes and dislikes, we didn't favor one of these exhaust manufacturers over another. Instead, we listed them all and allowed them to state their case. All that's left is for you to decide which of these systems is right for your Corvette.
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Brief Description: West Coast Corvette (WCC) has joined forces with Bassani Manufacturing to bring you the all-new Dominator GT Performance Series exhaust systems for C5, C6, Z06, and ZR1 Corvettes. If you're looking for superior performance, killer sound, and stunning good looks, your search is over. With a "performance first" motto, Bassani spends countless hours on research and development to squeeze out the most horsepower possible while maintaining a smooth, resonance-free sound.
Bassani products have been proven to make more horsepower and torque than any other manufacturer in direct comparison tests conducted by many major magazines. The C6 Z06 aft-cat exhaust system has shown increases of 23 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque. The C5 systems have shown increases of 14 hp and 11 lb-ft of torque.
Trademark Features: All Dominator GT systems are constructed of 100 percent stainless steel, mandrel-bent tubing, are made in the USA, and come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Quote from the Company:"Bassani has been recognized as a leader in specialized exhaust components for more than 40 years, and when you add in West Coast Corvettes' 24 years, there's no question that together we can bring you the ultimate exhaust systems."
Billy Boat Performance Exhaust
Brief Description: Since 1989, Billy Boat Performance Exhaust has designed, tested, and manufactured the highest-quality stainless steel Corvette exhaust systems. Each system incorporates three generations of fabrication skill and racing experience. Every muffler is tuned and designed for a specific application and sound level, to achieve the best possible performance gain and sound quality.
With up to three different sound levels, Billy Boat Performance Exhaust can meet the needs of all customers. Whether you're looking for a system with a little more sound and a great look, like the Route 66, or you want the muscle and aggressive sound of the Bullet system, Billy Boat offers a selection for everyone.
All Billy Boat products are made of the highest-quality 304 stainless steel, are precision-built in rugged fixtures and completely TIG welded, and are a direct replacement for your Vette's stock exhaust system. They come complete with all hardware and gaskets. No machining, no cutting, and no welding means easy installation. We provide the perfect mix of performance, sound, and style for your Corvette.
Trademark Features: Billy Boat Performance Exhaust is the only Corvette exhaust manufacturer to offer a "bi-modal" exhaust system, similar to the Z06 and NPP C6 system. The Fusion system uses a vacuum valve and butterfly assembly to allow the driver to choose the sound level. You can have a comfortable "Dr. Jekyll" cruising sound, then release the "Mr. Hyde" monster sound at your fingertips. It's now available for the C4, C5, and the C6/Z06.
Quote from the Company:"A moment of adrenaline . . . a lifetime of performance."