After hearing a stock Elise at the track, I knew I wanted to upgrade the exhaust. Well, Ferrari of Denver finally received a demo and promptly installed a stage II exhaust on the car. I took the car out for a test drive and loved the sound. The true test, however, was the wife. She drove the car and thought it sounded like a sports car should. I don't have any sound clips, but there are a few floating around the board which is a pretty fair representation.
At idle, it's very unobtrusive. You really can't tell it creates additional noise. A blip of the throttle and deep growl is emitted. I wouldn't say it was deep like a male lion, more like a leopard or a cat not as big. It certainly isn't rice. It's also not as deep as the APR on my TT. Unlike the TT, there is no boomyness or resonance under engine braking or throttle lift.
Under power, the note is strong and authoritative without being obnoxious. Late night drives in quite neighborhoods might require short shifting to keep the noise down a bit. I guess it just depends on how well you like your neighbors.
As one accelerates through the gears, there is a slight gurgle and muffled backfire at throttle lift between shifts. It actually sounds very cool and menacing. Rev-matched down shift are also musical. There is excellent aural feedback and, like I mentioned, it sounds very wicked.
All-in-all, I think the sound of the exhaust fits nicely with the car. It doesn't sound out of place or strange. It's not so loud that people can hear you coming for blocks, but when you pass them, there will be no doubt.
I put the exhaust on my postal scale and it came in at 18lbs 4oz.
Now all I need is my car so I can get this thing installed.
Exhaust in the trunk of my TT
Shiny SS can with brushed tips