Ben Przekop Mercer Island, WA
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.