While many await the arrival of the 2023 Corvette Z06, the C8 Corvette Stingray has plenty of aftermarket equipment to play with to keep us entertained until then. YouTuber Carspotter Jeroen recently took a video at a cars and coffee event in Luxembourg of a C8 Stingray equipped with an Akrapovic exhaust system that bests anything else we’ve heard on the streets. Also, how often does one come across a C8 Corvette Stingray in Luxembourg?
C8 Corvette Stingray Akrapovic Exhaust Kit: Details
The Akrapovic exhaust system provides a deep growl at low RPM and idle, as well as a NASCAR like acceleration sound, it’s music to any car enthusiast’s ears. Akrapovic’s website shares the stock versus aftermarket difference in sound should you be interested in hearing it. It isn’t cheap though, some aftermarket online dealers have the performance exhaust system listed at nearly $10,000 ($9,750.37). In comparison Borla offers an exhaust system straight from Chevrolet for around $4,000 according to Corvette Blogger.
You get what you pay for though, the Akrapovic exhaust system supplies an uptick of 4.6 horsepower and 6 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the Akrapovic lightweight titanium construction allows for a whopping 47.2% reduction in vehicle weight. The exhaust comes in at only 33 pounds where the stock exhaust weighs 71.2 pounds on its own. don’t let lightweight construction fool you though, the pipes are coated for scratch resistance and durability and are insulated as well in order to keep heat from ruining other nearby parts. It’s important to note Akrapovic’s website states the exhaust system is intended for track use only as it is not emissions compliant.
Ironically enough however the video shows the growling C8 Corvette Stingray on regular city streets. This may be due to the fact that this particular C8 is a European spec. The European C8’s feature a gasoline particulate filter that is part of the corner-mounted exhaust system. American spec C8 Stingrays feature a center mounted exhaust system. You’ll find a re-imagined center mounted exhaust system in the upcoming Z06 ,which is supposed to begin production later this summer.