- Akrapovic: Porsche 991
- TechArt 981 Boxster introduction
- Akrapovic: BMW M5 (F10)
- TechArt Introduces 991 Chassis Upgrades
- 32' Roadster Pt. ? (it's back from paint)
Akrapovic: Cayenne 958 chassis
2nd Apr 2012
For the current Cayenne chassis, pickings have been a bit slim to-date for high-quality Tuning accessories. In the case of sport exhausts, specifically, there hasn't been much out there yet that's floated our boat for this model. One option about to hit the market that we're excited about is the Akrapovic Evolution system.
For those of you active with us, you know how highly we speak of the Akrapovic brand. We've been nothing but impressed with the fit, finish, workmanship, and service from them, so we're always pleased to promote new gear coming in from that direction. In this case, their solution for the Cayenne Turbo is an "Evolution" system, meaning it is a true cat-back design. There is also a "Slip On" version for Cayenne S that we're expecting.
Those of you following the trendline will recognize that Akrapovic's competitive engineering advantage has to do with expertise in working with titanium. Titanium has always been a bit overly "exotic" to make practical sense for use on most vehicles. Titanium is quite difficult to work with (it's very difficult to bend properly, for example), and special techniques and alloys are necessary to really use it properly for sport exhaust parts. Akrapovic has developed an almost singularly unique expertise with this material, and we've been impressed with their work from the beginning of their car program.
Until someone figures out how to instantly "beam" us from home-to-work every morning, "light weight" is going to figure very highly on the Manufacturers' Priority List. Use of titanium, carbon-fiber, and other composites have been almost exclusively used in the aerospace and defense industries, up to this point. As fuel efficiency at the power source starts to hit a brick wall, lowering the weight of vehicles is goign to become more and more important. Materials that didn't "pay" to use before are now getting more regular use, and titanium is one of them. Case in point, we don't have the weight savings and HP figures yet on the Akrapovic system for Cayenne, but we're guessing it'll be in the range of 50-60lbs (which is significant in automotive-speak).
So, stay tuned. We'll announce when these new Cayenne systems hit our shores. More to follow...