: Back in a CTS-V; Corsa Touring axle backs?



Corvillac
06-05-13, 04:30 PM
Our '11 V was totaled late March '12 by an inattentive SUV driver. It was my wife's DD and she loved that car. We thought we could save some money with a '12 BMW 335i Sport, and it was less expensive and got better fuel economy. And it was pretty peppy at about 4.6 0-60. But she hated it. Last month I traded it (ouch, don't ask) for a new '13 V, Silver/Platinum, Recaros, roof. My wife actually giggled when I told her I bought a V, and she loves it. She is still having back/neck issues from the accident, and it is worth every dime I paid to see her get such pleasure from driving a car she really enjoys.

The '11 was leased and I was not inclined to spend the cash for Corsa Touring mufflers. Seriously considering them for the '13. Comments from those who have the Touring mufflers would be appreciated.

David

GM-4-LIFE
06-05-13, 04:48 PM
David,

Glad your wife is ok. That is all that matters. I hope she is still treating with a doctor. I can only imagine the bath you took trading in the BMW on the V. Surprised you actually did it.

Congrats on your (her) new car! I had Borlas on my 2010 V Sedan and 2011 V Coupe and it had the best sound compared to anything else out there. Look into the Borlas.

Corvillac
06-05-13, 05:45 PM
David,

Glad your wife is ok. That is all that matters. I hope she is still treating with a doctor. I can only imagine the bath you took trading in the BMW on the V. Surprised you actually did it.

Congrats on your (her) new car! I had Borlas on my 2010 V Sedan and 2011 V Coupe and it had the best sound compared to anything else out there. Look into the Borlas.

Thank you, and yes she is still under treatment. I believe the CTS-V and the Recaros saved her from more serious injury.

Are you Dr. V-Twin? I have a '13 FLHX, Stage 1.

As for Borlas, I had horrible drone issues with Borlas on my '08 Mustang GT. Sounded great but I could not stand to ride in that car at 65-70 mph in 5th. Any drone with the Borla CTS-V axle backs?

GM-4-LIFE
06-05-13, 06:11 PM
I used to work at Dr. V-Twin until the company closed it's doors last July.

I have an 09 FLHX with about $20K+ dumped in it from Stage 4 SE heads, 103", automatic compression release, high flow oil pump, everything Performance Machine on it, the works. The entire bike is beyond done and more chrome than anything I have ever seen. I can never sell it cause I would lose my ass on it! LOL!

ZERO drone on Borla's new products, especially their Cadillac line. I had the full system on both my Vs and they never had any drone. They are not as loud as their Mustang setups.

vagondr
06-05-13, 06:16 PM
Corsa touring is too much like stock. Don't believe those that say Corsa Sport is too loud. I sometimes think it's not loud enough. With no other exhaust mod it's about perfect. Pleasing burble and pop on decel. Turns heads but won't disturb the neighbors. Easy installation.

Rule12b
06-05-13, 06:58 PM
I had the Touring on my sedan (after trying others) and flat out LOVED it. Quieter than stock at cruise, wails like mad when you punch it. Now, I had headers and needed supplementals to tone them down a touch, on a sedan. If you aren't doing headers, and on a coupe, I've heard good things about the Sport. Overall though, I think the Corsa is the best choice out there for our cars. (Yes they do sponsor my racing efforts, but if I thought they sucked, I wouldn't let 'em).

musclecar6
06-05-13, 07:24 PM
I totally agree with your thoughts on the Corsa Sport. As others have said, if one is doing headers, get the Corsa Touring. If no headers, get the Corsa Sport. I did a write up recently on this topic recently on the "other" forum.

09SRT8
06-05-13, 09:19 PM
Corsa touring is too much like stock. Don't believe those that say Corsa Sport is too loud. I sometimes think it's not loud enough. With no other exhaust mod it's about perfect. Pleasing burble and pop on decel. Turns heads but won't disturb the neighbors. Easy installation.

I have to agree with vagondr. I have the Corsa touring on my 2011 Sedan with automatic trans and love it. No drone, sounds very throaty at start up, quiet when driving regular and has a nice note when you open her up. When you switch to paddle shifts it has a nice pop and rumble on decel. Plus they look nice and exit out of the stock bumper cut outs like stock. I had the Corsa exhaust on my 2009 SRT8 Challenger and loved it very impressed with quality and sound which is why I picked them again. One thing I wish Corsa did for Cadillac was make the V logo on the exhaust tips. You could order the Corsa system with a laser etched Mopar logo which looked really nice for car shows. The mufflers for the Cadillac come with the Corsa logo only plus I think they now make the exhasut tips in black. The proto type stealth blue they had on display at the V-Lab events had laser etched exhaust tips but I called Corsa and they do not offer it. Here's a photo of the muffler with the V logo and one with Corsa.


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thebigjimsho
06-05-13, 11:36 PM
I personally loved headers and stock mufflers. Good increase in sound levels and attitude, but keeps in character with the V's mission.

Very sorry to hear about your wife's issues. How does she like the Recaros with the back problems? I badly pulled my lower back a couple years ago and the Recaros actually made my back feel better. That support is awesome....

dennych
06-06-13, 04:05 AM
Man... after looking at the corsa sport exhausts I'm totally tempted to make the upgrade on my wagon now since it doesn't affect the warranty.... Anyone recommend any good installers in SoCal area? Might as well get that separate air-raid that came with my car when I bought it installed too.

Corvillac
06-06-13, 09:26 AM
Very sorry to hear about your wife's issues. How does she like the Recaros with the back problems? I badly pulled my lower back a couple years ago and the Recaros actually made my back feel better. That support is awesome....

We had Recaros in the '11, and she loves them. She is very petite, and they adjust perfectly to suit her. The sport seats in the 335i are very good, but the Recaros are better. I believe the Recaros were a major factor in limiting her injuries. It was a pretty violent hit from behind. The trunk lid was pushed nearly to the back seat, both sail panels distorted into the roof, back doors jammed. She was pushed into the car ahead hard enough to heavily damage the front and deploy the driver air bags.

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thebigjimsho
06-06-13, 04:40 PM
Wow! The Vs are very stout. I've seen pics of Vs t-boned and barrel rolled and am amazed at how well they take it...

As for the Recaros, I'm far from petite. I am the anti-petite. I loved those Recaros...

GMX322V S/C
06-11-13, 01:23 AM
...Comments from those who have the Touring mufflers would be appreciated...
Will a sound clip do (sedan)?


http://youtu.be/1Ji9b5Od-bQ

I ran them very briefly with only 2 cats and it was way out of character for this class of car, IMO.

Hope your wife makes a full recovery!

taken
06-11-13, 06:43 AM
What I can't figure out is, in EVERY sound clip I hear, the touring sounds exactly like the sport. Is the difference bigger in person??

GMX322V S/C
06-11-13, 01:47 PM
^^ Yes. In sound clips you're typically limited by the recorder's auto volume level control. But what you've observed is kind of a testament to Corsa technology--same characteristic sound, different volume levels :D

taken
06-11-13, 02:05 PM
I wish there was someone in New England I could meet up with and hear their system. Better yet two owners. One with sport and one with touring! :thumbsup:

lheimann
06-12-13, 12:40 AM
Our '11 V was totaled late March '12 by an inattentive SUV driver. It was my wife's DD and she loved that car. We thought we could save some money with a '12 BMW 335i Sport, and it was less expensive and got better fuel economy. And it was pretty peppy at about 4.6 0-60. But she hated it. Last month I traded it (ouch, don't ask) for a new '13 V, Silver/Platinum, Recaros, roof. My wife actually giggled when I told her I bought a V, and she loves it. She is still having back/neck issues from the accident, and it is worth every dime I paid to see her get such pleasure from driving a car she really enjoys.

The '11 was leased and I was not inclined to spend the cash for Corsa Touring mufflers. considering them for the '13. Comments from those who have the Touring mufflers would be appreciated.

David

Hi David-
I have an '11 V coupe with the corsa sport exhaust. A a female owner I can tell you it turns heads by most (my hubby loves it, he's a chipped out chevy diesel guy, who likes the nice low rumble sounds) but most importantly it sounds fantastic from the outside and is still quiet enough on the inside not to even notice it's there unless windows are down and radio low. Looking originally into the touring I was extremely happy I went with the sport as there is a noticeable difference. I found the you tube videos did not help me much so I had the shop put the touring on first and then the sport (I'm friends with the owner and since its such a easy install he didn't mind). Hands down in my opinion sport is the way to go ;) I'd bet ya she'll be more than happy with it ;) good luck and glad she's ok from the accident ;)

taken
06-12-13, 07:06 AM
Great info lheimann. I'm guessing it will help the OP and I know it clears things up for me...

thebigjimsho
06-12-13, 09:09 AM
I wish there was someone in New England I could meet up with and hear their system. Better yet two owners. One with sport and one with touring! :thumbsup:

I just sold my V. I would love to show anyone, in person, the awesomeness of Kooks headers and stock muffs...

taken
06-12-13, 12:30 PM
I just sold my V. I would love to show anyone, in person, the awesomeness of Kooks headers and stock muffs...

Would have loved to hear it too. As well as the awesomeness of meeting the bigjimsho in person... ;)

musclecar6
06-12-13, 01:32 PM
I couldn't agree more. I went with the Corsa Sport ( everything else is completely stock), & I like others, was concerned that it might be too loud under light throttle or cruising. DO NOT worry about that at all. The Corsa Sport is perfect & should have come with the car. If you put your significant other in the car ( or anyone else who rode in it stock before you changed to the Corsa Sport) & didn't tell them you had changed it & tooled around at normal light throttle around town or highway Caddy cruising, they'd never know the difference. Course when you get on it, it's a different story, but never overwhelming or unpleasant. It's perfect. You'll love it.

RogersV
06-12-13, 02:25 PM
I couldn't agree more. I went with the Corsa Sport ( everything else is completely stock), & I like others, was concerned that it might be too loud under light throttle or cruising. DO NOT worry about that at all. The Corsa Sport is perfect & should have come with the car. If you put your significant other in the car ( or anyone else who rode in it stock before you changed to the Corsa Sport) & didn't tell them you had changed it & tooled around at normal light throttle around town or highway Caddy cruising, they'd never know the difference. Course when you get on it, it's a different story, but never overwhelming or unpleasant. It's perfect. You'll love it.

We are still talking axle backs, is this correct? TIA.

thebigjimsho
06-12-13, 06:22 PM
Would have loved to hear it too. As well as the awesomeness of meeting the bigjimsho in person... ;)

I am fattered, I mean flattered!

spearfish25
06-12-13, 06:34 PM
Would have loved to hear it too. As well as the awesomeness of meeting the bigjimsho in person... ;)

If I could trust some random shop to install the headers correctly without damaging anything and not rape me on the installation price, I'd do it. The simplicity of installing the Corsa's myself is very appealing.

rgp6373
06-12-13, 06:45 PM
From my experience both on the v and my silverado ss , both modded and run corsa.If you plan on staying mostly stock then corsa sport sounds great, if you plan on doing headers then use touring as the sport will very loud with headers ( for most tastes) and if you are going to end up where I am having to take your cats out then save the money and stay with stock mufflers as it will be outrageously loud with either touring or sport if you have headers and no cats.

I am putting qtp cutouts on mine to make it outrageous when I want to be lol

Corvillac
06-15-13, 10:42 AM
Thanks all for the great feedback. I am now leaning more toward the Corsa Sport ABs since we will not be doing headers or cat delete.

And I really appreciate the kind comments about my wife's recovery. She is not yet 100%, but is getting better. The V has helped her attitude; she grins every time she cranks it up.

MSS400
06-15-13, 06:24 PM
I just installed the Corsa Sport with my 16 yr old daughter. Great sound. Not too loud. Everything you all said was correct about it.