Ben Przekop Mer­cer Is­land, WA

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996 40th Model An­niver­sary 2004 Year Jan­uary 2018 Ac­quired

I am lit­er­ally fly­ing down the road as I test drive my 996 with the newly in­stalled Fis­ter muf­flers, and I can’t stop laugh­ing with sur­prised de­light. The sound is great, but what I am find­ing to­tally amaz­ing and frankly a bit sur­pris­ing is the very no­tice­able im­prove­ment in the re­spon­sive­ness and power of the en­gine; I al­most can’t be­lieve it’s the same car!

Now I do not have any em­pir­i­cal ev­i­dence such as be­fore-and-af­ter

dy­namome­ter tests to prove that these new muf­flers have brought a mea­sur­able gain in BHP or torque, but be­lieve me when I tell you that I can def­i­nitely feel a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in throt­tle re­sponse and ac­cel­er­a­tion, which is why I ac­tu­ally feel like I am fly­ing down the road!

My 40 AE 911 with the X51 Pow­erkit has never ex­actly felt slow, just the op­po­site, and thanks to its light­weight and typ­i­cal 911 rear-weight bal­ance this car has al­ways im­pressed me with that feel­ing of agility which makes these 996 cars so sub­limely smooth and pleas­ing to drive. But now it feels like all of those sen­sa­tions that were eight out of ten have been di­aled up to a full ten!

This no­tice­able, ap­pre­cia­ble dif­fer­ence in driv­abil­ity is a pleas­ant and very wel­come bonus, but how do I feel about the sound, which is why I got the Fis­ter muf­flers in the first place?

To be per­fectly hon­est, when I first started up the car at Chris’s Ger­man

Car Ser­vice it didn’t sound much dif­fer­ent at all, and just sit­ting there at idle it was down­right quiet. I was a bit wor­ried! But then I blipped the throt­tle and im­me­di­ately no­ticed that the clas­sic Porsche flat six growl was now much louder – I’d say about 30 to 40 per cent – and also deeper, with more char­ac­ter­ful bur­bles and pops. To my ears it isn’t ir­ri­tat­ing or ob­nox­ious in any way, just a well-be­haved, gen­tle­manly Porsche flat six roar that is as loud as it should be.

At high­way cruis­ing speeds around 70mph the car is only min­i­mally louder, which is a good thing be­cause the down­side of many sport ex­hausts is a ‘drone’ or res­o­nance at higher sus­tained speeds that can ac­tu­ally give one a headache! I may know this from pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence… So, for me, the Fis­ter muf­flers are sim­ply per­fect, and I ab­so­lutely love them, es­pe­cially in park­ing garages, tun­nels and tree-lined coun­try roads that are tai­lor-made for low-fly­ing Porsche.

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