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Best 2016 WRX Exhaust

best-2016-wrx-exhaustDo you want to upgrade your vehicle with the best 2016 WRX exhaust?Well, you have a number of options — from the Agency Power to the Perrin Cat-back — and there are many different reasons you might consider an upgrade. The best WRX exhaust systems, for example, improve performance, they enhance the vehicle’s appearance, and deliver that distinctive aftermarket sound. Yet with so many options though, which system offers the best combination of power, sound profile, and value?

Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiasts or a newbie, we wanted to answer common questions about aftermarket WRX exhaust systems. After reading, you’ll have a solid understanding of why you might upgrade your WRX exhaust, the different parts of exhaust system and some of the top exhaust for your WRX STI. Plus, you’ll get a side-by-side comparison of each exhaust and our choice for the best exhaust for the WRX/STI in 2016.

WHY UPGRADE WRX EXHAUST

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Sound

The sound of an aftermarket exhaust is incomparable to that of a stock system. For example, modified exhausts are designed to deliver racing-inspired, powerful tones that are distinctive. In other words, a modified system will provide a sound that sets your vehicle apart from the competition.

Performance

Aftermarket exhausts deliver an undeniable boost in performance. The reason: They increase airflow, allowing exhaust gases to escape more quickly. In other words, your engine “breathes” better and spent fuel and air exit the combustion chambers faster. Therefore, more fuel and air can burned to create more power.

Aesthetic

Aftermarket exhaust pipes are sleeker, adding a touch of flair to your vehicle’s profile. Whether it’s a carbon fiber-tipped ARK exhaust or the cool blue burnt tips of a Titanium COBB, everyone will recognize you’re not sporting stock tailpipes.

WRX EXHAUST PARTS

There are two common types of WRX exhaust systems: Cat-back and turbo-back exhausts. What’s the difference? The WRX exhaust diagram offers a quick look, plus here’s a quick run down:

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Cat-Back

  • Cat-back exhaust systems run from the catalytic converter back to the exhaust exit.
  • They add up to 10 wheel horsepower (WHP) and 10 ft-lbs of torque depending on vehicle mods.
  • You can adjust the loudness of the exhaust depending on the system you choose.

Turbo-Back

  • Turbo-back exhaust systems include a downpipe that runs from the turbo to the exhaust exit.
  • These systems add up to X WHP and X ft-lbs of torque depending on the vehicle.
  • Turbo-back exhausts allow you to tune for higher HP applications than a cat-back.
  • Necessary for a stage 2 tune.
  • Simply put, you can feel the gains from a turbo-back; you won’t necessarily feel the gains of a cat-back.

TOP EXHAUST FOR A WRX STI REVIEWED

AGENCY

AGENCY CAT-BACK WRX EXHAUST

best-2016-wrx-exhaust-agency-powerAgency Power’s cat-back WRX exhaust is the most budget-friendly option we reviewed, starting at just $800. As such, the system’s sound isn’t as refined as you would expect from other brands. The system delivers an aggressive, deep-toned growl on idle, which maxes out around 100 decibels on acceleration. If you’re shopping for the most cost-effective WRX exhaust, the Agency Power cat-back might be the solution for you. Interested in purchasing this exhaust? Click on either of theses links to buy it – Buy an Agency exhaust.

MaterialsT304 Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel
Installation difficultyEasy installation; easy fitment
HP increaseAbout 10 HP
Torque IncreaseAbout 10 ft-lbs of torque
Price$800.00 Stainless Steel Tips
$1,000.00 Burnt Tips
Technical specs like diameter3.0-inch diameter tubing; 3.5-inch diameter tips
Accessory addonsN/A
Product options and variationsStainless Steel or Burnt Tips
Downpipe compatibilityCompatible with stock and most after-market downpipes
WarrantyLimited Lifetime Warranty (Form needs to be filled out)
Applications2011 WRX & STI
2012 WRX & STI
2013 WRX & STI
2014 WRX & STI
2015 WRX & STI
2016 WRX & STI

Note: Does not fit Hatch versions.

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AGENCY CAT-BACK PICTURES


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AGENCY CAT-BACK SOUND



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ARK GRIP

ARK GRIP CAT-BACK WRX EXHAUST

The ARK Grip exhaust is the industry-leading system for your 2015+ Subaru WRX. From thicker sidewall construction, to signature muffler cores, the ARK GRiP is a step above the competition. These systems are not quite as loud or aggressive as the Invidia N1, but they offer an amazing sound without being overly aggressive. Simply put, it is the best sounding exhaust for WRX that we’ve reviewed. Plus, ARK exhaust WRX systems use signature construction of key components to achieve a truly unique sound. Interested in purchasing this exhaust? Click on either of theses links to buy it – Buy an Ark Grip exhaust.

MaterialsT304 Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel, Burnt Titanium, or Tecno Tips. Thicker sidewalls than comparable systems, meaning more durable construction without significant weight difference.
Installation difficultyMedium install difficulty with hardware included.

Note: Please be advised that for the 2015+ WRX & STI models, longer install time required due to the necessary removal of rear wheel wells to complete installation.
HP increaseAbout 10 HP
Torque IncreaseAbout 10 ft-lbs of torque
Price$1,709.10 (Polished or Burnt Tips)
$1,779.1 (with Tecno Tips)
Technical specs like diameter3.0-inch Diameter Tubing; 3.5-inch Diameter Quad Tips
Accessory addonsN/A
Product options and variationsChoice of Polished or Burnt Tips included in price. If you want Tecno Tips add 70.00 to the cost.
Downpipe compatibilityCompatible with stock and most after-market downpipes
WarrantyOne Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Applications2011 WRX & STI
2012 WRX & STI
2013 WRX & STI
2014 WRX & STI
2015 WRX & STI
2016 WRX & STI

Note: Please be advised that for the 2015+ WRX & STI models, longer install time required due to the necessary removal of rear wheel wells to complete installation.


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ARK GRIP CAT-BACK PICTURES


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COBB SS

COBB SS CAT-BACK WRX EXHAUST

The COBB SS exhaust for WRX is a moderately loud system — yet, it was one of the quietest aftermarket exhaust WRX systems we reviewed — that has more of a stock appearance. This system is a great starting point for upgrading your vehicle, and like most COBB exhaust WRX systems it is very well-built and provides a noticeable sound difference over stock. Interested in purchasing this exhaust? Click on either of theses links to buy it – Buy a COBB exhaust.

MaterialsT304 Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel Double Wall Quad Tips
Installation difficultyEasy install with hardware included; excellent fitment
HP increaseAbout 10 HP
Torque IncreaseAbout 10 ft-lbs of torque
Price$1,295.00
Technical specs like diameter2.5- and 3.0-inch mandrel bent tubing
Accessory addonsN/A
Product options and variationsN/A
Downpipe compatibilityCompatible with stock and most after-market downpipes
WarrantyOne-year warranty
Applications2015 WRX & STI
2016 WRX & STI


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COBB SS CAT-BACK PICTURES


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COBB SS CAT-BACK SOUND

 

COBB SS WRX CAT-BACK SOUND

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CORSA

CORSA CAT-BACK WRX EXHAUST

The CORSA cat-back exhaust for 2015+ WRX and STI delivers a distinctive sound. It’s a loud snarl at idle, and on acceleration you get that high-performance aftermarket zing. One advantage of the CORSA exhaust for WRX STI is that these systems utilize Reflective Sound Cancellation technology, which greatly filters out low-frequency sounds. The result is very low drone. Interested in purchasing this exhaust? Click on either of theses links to buy it – Buy a Corsa exhaust.

MaterialsStainless Steel / Quad Stainless Steel Tips
Installation difficultyEasy installation with hardware included; excellent fitment
HP increaseN/A
Torque IncreaseN/A
Price$1,236.64 (Polished tip)
$1,427.00 (Black tip)
Pipping diameter3.0-inch diameter tubing; 3.5-inch diameter tips
Accessory addonsN/A
Product options and variationsPolished or Black Tips
Downpipe compatibilityCompatible with stock and most after-market downpipes
WarrantyCORSA branded exhaust systems are backed by a Limited LIFETIME warranty for as long as you own your vehicle with proof of purchase. Corsa's warranty documentation
Applications2015-2016 WRX
2015-2016 STI


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CORSA CAT-BACK SOUND

 

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ETS

ETS CAT-BACK MUFFLER & EXTREME WRX EXHAUST

The ETS Cat Back Exhaust System offers great mid-range value, while delivering a refined aftermarket sound with a little pop. The system’s note is comparable to the GReddy Supreme SP when resonated, but it’s raspier and has more backfire. With that said, if you do not add the resonator, it’s possible to achieve a more aggressive sound. The ETS is available with polished tips to keep a stock look or burnt blue tips for that aftermarket appearance. Plus, although this ETS is available in a straight pipe, it’s meant for off-road use only. Interested in purchasing this exhaust? Click on either of theses links to buy it – Buy an ETS exhaust.

MaterialsStainless Steel / Stainless Steel Quad Tips with Polished or Burnt Blue finish.
V-Band Connections For a Leak Proof Seal
Installation difficultyEasy installation with hardware included
HP increaseN/A
Torque IncreaseN/A
Price$1,249.00 (with mufflers)
$1,139.00 (without mufflers - for off road use only)
Pipping diameter3.0-inch diameter tubing; 3.5-inch diameter Double Wall Tips
Accessory addonsResonator available for $94.00
Product options and variationsAvailable without mufflers (straight pipe)
Downpipe compatibilityCompatible with stock and most after-market downpipes
WarrantyLimited Lifetime Warranty
Applications2015 WRX & STI
2016 WRX & STI


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ETS CAT-BACK SOUND

 

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GREDDY SUPREME SP

GREDDY CAT-BACK MUFFLER & EXTREME WRX EXHAUST

The GReddy Supreme SP exhaust system is one of the best aftermarket exhaust for WRX — that will give you a mid- to high-end decibel change from the stock system. While it is not as aggressive as the Invidia N1, it’s comparable to the ARK Grip exhaust in terms of noise and performance. If you’re after a loud 2016 WRX aftermarket exhaust, you should consider the GReddy Supreme SP. Interested in purchasing this exhaust? Click on either of theses links to buy it – Buy an Greddy exhaust.

MaterialsT304 Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel Quad Tips
Installation difficultyEasy install with hardware included
HP increaseN/A
Torque IncreaseN/A
Price$1,040.25
Pipping diameter3.0-inch and 2.5-inch diameter tubing; 3.5-inch diameter tips
Accessory addonsN/A
Product options and variationsN/A
Downpipe compatibilityCompatible with stock and most after-market downpipes
WarrantyLimited Lifetime Warranty
Applications2015 WRX & STI
2016 WRX & STI


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GREDDY CAT-BACK PICTURES

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GREDDY SP  CAT-BACK SOUND

 

GREDDY SP WRX CAT-BACK SOUND


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HKS LEGAMAX

HKS CAT-BACK STI EXHAUST

The HKS Legamax Exhaust is a well-known Japanese brand that produces premium exhaust. This particular system will give your vehicle a nice sport sound and feel. The Legamax exhausts are distinctive in their design: HKS designs their mufflers to be eye-catching with a sleek polished finish. If looks are what you’re after, the HKS legamax premium exhaust WRX STI is one of the best around. Interested in purchasing this exhaust? Click on either of theses links to buy it – Buy an HKS exhaust.

MaterialsSUS304 Stainless Steel (Japanese term for American T304)
Installation difficultyEasy installation; excellent fitment
HP increaseLegamax - 2% to 5% increase
Hi Power - 2% to 5% increase
Torque IncreaseLegamax - 2% to 5% increase
Hi Power - 2% to 5% increase
Price$1,207.50 (HKS Legamax exhaust)
$1,250.00 (HKS Hi-Power exhaust)
Pipping diameter2.7-3.0 Inch Diameter Tubing / 3.5 Inch Diameter Tips
Accessory addonsNo add ons
Product options and variationsThe Legamax and Hi-power exhausts are both compatible on for the WRX and STI.
Downpipe compatibilityCompatible with stock and most after-market downpipes
WarrantyFour years after purchase (The warranty period of the metal catalyzers, front pipes, exhaust manifolds, and center pipes are one year after purchase)
ApplicationsHKS Legamax
2015 - 2016 Subaru STI

HKS HI-Power
2015 - 2016 Subaru WRX


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HKS LEGAMAX CAT-BACK PICTURES


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HKS LEGAMAX CAT-BACK SOUND

 


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INVIDIA N1

INVIDIA N1 CAT-BACK STI EXHAUST

The Invidia N1 Race Exhaust has the most-aggressive sound of the group. It’s a dual-tip as opposed to the others which are quad-tip, and like most Invidia exhaust WRX systems, it offers a solid boost in performance for the value. This Invidia turbo-back exhaust for WRX also has a distinctive look — a marked improvement over stock — with your choice of either Stainless Steel or Burnt Titanium tips. Interested in purchasing this exhaust? Click on either of theses links to buy it – Buy an Invidia exhaust.

MaterialsT304 Stainless Steel / Burnt Titanium Dual Tips
Installation difficultyEasy install with hardware included; excellent fitment
HP increase N/A
Torque IncreaseN/A
Price$727.30 With Burnt Titanium Tips
$704.90 With Stainless Steel Tips
Pipping diameter3.0-inch diameter tubing
Accessory addonsN/A
Product options and variationsChoice of Titanium or Stainless Steel Tips, silencer included
Downpipe compatibilityCompatible with stock and most after-market downpipes
WarrantyOne-year warranty with proof of purchase
Applications2015 - 2016 Subaru WRX 2015 - 2016 Subaru STI


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INVIDIA N1 CAT-BACK PICTURES


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INVIDIA N1 CAT-BACK SOUND

 


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MAGNAFLOW

Engineered to last, MagnaFlow Street & Competition Series Performance Exhaust systems deliver a smooth deep sound you want and the wide-open performance you’ve been seeking. These exhaust systems feature straight-through flow designs for the ultimate in unrestricted horsepower and torque for big power while maintaining exhaust efficiency. These systems are an engineered balance of interior and exterior noise levels and are tested against SAE j1169 standards. Interested in purchasing this exhaust? Click on either of theses links to buy it – Buy the Magnaflow street exhaust or Buy the Magnaflow competition exhaust.
Materials409 Stainless Steel / Quad Brushed Stainless Steel Tips
Installation difficultyEasy install with hardware included; excellent fitment
HP increaseN/A
Torque IncreaseN/A
PriceStreet exhaust - $849.92
Competition exhaust - $894.67
Pipping diameterMain Piping Diameter - 2.5". Tip Diameter - 4".
Accessory addonsN/A
Product options and variationsThis product is available with a 3" main piping diameter.
Downpipe compatibilityCompatible with stock and most after-market downpipes
WarrantyLifetime Construction Warranty
Applications2015 - 2016 Subaru WRX
2015 - 2016 Subaru STI


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MAGNAFLOW CAT-BACK SOUND


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PERRIN

PERRIN CAT-BACK STI EXHAUST

The PERRIN cat-back isn’t much louder than the WRX’s stock exhaust. However it improves the exhaust note on acceleration with a confident purr. The sound is more polished and distinctively aftermarket, albeit subtler than others in the group. In fact, the PERRIN Performance Resonated Cat-Back system is the quietest exhaust we reviewed, yet it provides comparable power gains. Interested in purchasing this exhaust? Click on either of theses links to buy it – Buy a Perrin exhaust.

MaterialsT304 Stainless Steel / Quad Brushed Stainless Steel Tips
Installation difficultyEasy installation with hardware included; excellent fitment
HP increaseup to 8-10 HP gains for both resonated and non resonated
Torque Increasean increase of up to 8-10 FT / Lbs torque for both resonated and non resonated
Price$1,161.00 (resonated)
$1,134.00 (non-resonated)
Pipping diameter3.0-inch tubing and 3.5-inch Slash Cut Tips (Brushed Steel Finish)
Accessory addonsN/A
Product options and variationsThis exhaust is available with a resonated pipe.
Downpipe compatibilityCompatible with stock and most after-market downpipes
WarrantyLifetime Warranty
Applications2011 WRX & STI
2012 WRX & STI
2013 WRX & STI
2014 WRX & STI
2015 WRX & STI
2016 WRX & STI


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PERRIN CAT-BACK SOUND


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WRX EXHAUST COMPARISON


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BEST EXHAUST FOR A WRX STI

THE ARK GRIP PERFORMANCE EXHAUST

So what makes the ARK GRiP the best WRX exhaust in 2016? Each system we reviewed offers a range of benefits, but the ARK GRiP exhaust provides the most comprehensive balance of value, high-quality construction, solid aftermarket sound and increased performance. No other exhaust system we reviewed pulled it off quite as well. Features that helped set the ARK GRiP apart include:

EASY INSTALLATION
Hands down, this was one of the easiest WRX aftermarket exhausts to install.

DURABLE DESIGN
The ARK GRiP might be constructed from the same material — T304 Stainless Steel — but it’s designed unlike the other models. The GRiP exhaust has thicker side walls while staying competitive in terms of weight. The result is a system that is stronger and more durable.

ENGINEERED SOUND
Using its signature Helmholtz technology, ARK has engineered a sound that screams power and performance. How? The GRiP exhaust utilizes ARK Performance mufflers, which have cores optimized for the best sound quality.

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE
The ARK GRiP is comparable to other aftermarket systems in terms of added performance: The system adds of up to 10 HP and 10 ft-lbs of torque to the stock WRX.

PRICING
The GRiP exhaust might be the most expensive, but it does offer exactly what you would expect for the price: Durability, optimized performance and a gnarly growl. The system starts at $1,709.10.

As you can see, enthusiasts looking for something more than the WRX stock exhaust have a range of choices. Yet, the ARK GRiP is our pick for the best WRX exhaust in 2016. It’s competitively priced, built to last, and delivers supreme sound and performance.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Question – Will I get a check engine light when I change my cat-back?
    Answer – No, you won’t get a check engine light. The sensor is before the cat-back exhaust.
  2. Question – Will installing an aftermarket cat-back exhaust void my warranty?
    Answer – Not usually. Most dealerships will only blame a performance mod for loss of warranty if a failure is directly related to the exhaust mod.

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