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The Aftermarket Exhaust Leader Continues To Develop An X-Piper For The American Supercar

Ford GT Borla Exhaust SEMA 2019
Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Borla Exhaust is currently developing a titanium X-pipe exhaust kit for the exotic Ford GT, and teased it during the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada last month. Oddly, there wasn’t much information about this exhaust kit, or if was even anything more than a one-off. However, we’re happy to report this is not the case.

“The Ford GT system that we displayed at SEMA is going to be a new product that we will be offering. The product is currently still under development,” Borla told MC&T. Pricing, production timeline, and other estimates are not immediately available. But like other Borla kits, it will feature the brand’s patented Polyphonic Harmonizers.

The system has been in the development phase for a few years now, with some Ford GT customers fitting prototype Borla exhaust kits to their cars, which is said to weigh in around 20-25 pounds less from stock.

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Multimatic is tasked with building 1,350 new Ford GT supercars between 2017 and 2022. The 647-horsepower, 216-mph machine was originally slated for 500 units, but demand for the car doubled production volume to 1,000. Then in October of 2018, Ford again bumped production by another 350 units. More exclusive are the limited “Heritage Edition” models, as well as the Carbon Edition. But the most extreme variant of the GT is the Mk II: a track-only monster that is 200 pounds lighter than the road car, while possessing 200 more horsepower than the WEC and IMSA race cars. The GT Mk II is priced at $1.2 million, and only 45 will be built, making it the most expensive new Ford ever.

Even so, before production wraps up in 2022, Ford may unleash a more powerful version still, in order to solidify the position of the GT above the 760 hp 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 that currently sits atop the horsepower totem pole.

We don’t expect everybody with a Ford GT to upgrade their OEM exhaust to a Borla kit, but just so they know, the temptation is going to be there. We can’t wait to hear how this thing is going to sound.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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