2017 Raptor: Borla Unveils New High-Performance Exhaust System
Borla offers two levels of sound and performance for the already brawny 3.5-liter EcoBoost in the 2017 Ford Raptor.
Ford Truck Enthusiasts has had the pleasure of spending lots of quality time behind the wheel of the newest F-150 Raptor this year. As you read on our recent Off-Road Adventure story, we didn’t exactly take it easy, either.
Despite the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine being better than the outgoing 6.2-liter V8 in just about every measurable way, there’s one area that could be improved. What are we talking about? The exhaust note, of course. Thankfully, the good folks at Borla have taken care of that.
Earlier this year, the “Sound of Power” engineers at Borla spent months developing a specific exhaust solution for the off-road superstar. As with every one of their exhaust systems, the team fabricated numerous prototypes, experimenting with internal muffler construction and shape, pipe diameter and routing before they found the perfect two packages.
The Tennessee-based company gives owners the option of how they wish to hear the EcoBoost V6 engine. The S-Type mufflers – which offer a deep, sporty sound – or the Atak – with a snarling, aggressive sound that’s bound to be loved by Raptor enthusiasts throughout.
As if getting the best sound and performance gains out of a world-class exhaust system wasn’t enough, Borla has included heat shields on all their tailpipes. These were developed in cooperation with ECI in Australia, and feature a proprietary composite sandwich material to protect the spare tire from heat damage under extreme driving conditions. Not only do these systems perform good, but they also protect your very, very pricey BF Goodrich KO2 spare under the bed!
“We knew the 2017 Raptor would be a game-changer, and it has certainly lived up to the hype. We had already developed our patented multicore and Atak technology to be used on other EcoBoost motors. It allows us to do things differently and this technology happens to work well on the Raptor. We saw our competitors rush to market and miss the mark, so we took our time with a more detailed approach because our patents give us unlimited options to control sound at such a high level that we need to go through every configuration possible to ensure we spotlight all the right frequencies and harmonics while eliminating anything and everything objectionable. Since sound is subjective, we decided to offer two distinctly different sound levels, with each giving the 2017 Raptor a different character and driving experience. Ultimately we wanted to provide a quality exhaust note without restricting power, and we’re confident we’ve achieved those goals with the new exhaust systems,” said David Borla, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Borla.
As you can see in the photos provided by the manufacturer, there are several configurations and tip designs available. According to Borla, the Mid Section with X-pipe and either S-Type or Atak mufflers can be purchased for $1,176.99. The Tailpipes with either carbon fiber, chrome or black chrome tips can be purchased for $821.99 to $1,246.99.
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