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Fabspeed Exhaust Installation on a Porsche

One of the most balanced, best handling cars on the market today is the mid-engined Porsche Cayman. But, like every car coming out of a factory, it can be improved. Thanks to worldwide noise regulations, the stock exhaust stifles the glorious flat six cylinder engine note just a bit too much. Enter Fabspeed.

Fabspeed is a US company producing high performance components for BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Bentley. Straight out of the box, the Maxflo system we ordered for our customer's Cayman looked impressive. The welds were clean and the all stainless steel construction polished. But the test is always how it fits and how it sounds.

The stock exhaust system is chunky and not very pretty.


The Fabspeed system eliminates the secondary catalytic converters (which are unmonitored by the car's ECU, so no dash lights are triggered by dropping them), and replaces the large stock mufflers with two small section mufflers.


The new system bolted directly to the stock header flanges-- which were much corroded considering the low mileage and young age of the car. We took extra care removing the nuts from the flange studs so that we would not break them. Exhaust systems see so much heat cycling that it’s always tough to remove the hardware cleanly. Time and experience helps!

The end result was perfect. The engine note is now deeper and more classic Porsche-like without the drone you get from kits that are not properly engineered. And we've eliminated the chunky look of the stock muffler and replaced it with a race car inspired polished mufflers that look all business peaking out from under the bumper valence.