You may have seen the recently-released video of the new ROUSH Performance Axle-Back Exhaust for the 2015 2.3L EcoBoost Mustang. This video was met with a lot of mixed reviews – many of them voicing a less than positive opinion of the new exhaust’s tone. We know from experience that if you aren’t happy with a ROUSH product (or any product for that matter), you’re going to speak your mind. Allow us to offer a counterpoint to the discussion, and explain why we think you should consider giving the new EcoBoost Mustang (and its ROUSH exhaust) a second look.
The 2015 EcoBoost Mustang is a platform capable of producing very real power. Ford expanded the Mustang lineup this year to satisfy the needs of a wider and more diverse audience – with the 5.0L V8 clearly remaining in its spot at the top of enthusiast food chain. It seems that many have the opinion that if it isn’t a V8, it doesn’t belong under the hood of a Mustang. This is the purist’s way of looking at it. Consider this, it’s 2015 and an EcoBoost Mustang is a less expensive option for enthusiasts on a budget, with lower insurance rates, and better fuel mileage. The technology offered by the turbocharged 2.3L engine (which is now more powerful than the V6, by the way), is an effective base for a robust build. The auto industry inevitably changes with evolving technology (though you might not agree with it), and by creating a four-cylinder Mustang, Fords are able to compete on a totally new playing field.
You might not love the sound of the new ROUSH axle-back exhaust for the 2015 2.3L Mustang – but then, you probably don’t enjoy the sound of any 4-cylinder car if you’re a die-hard V8 fan.
Food for thought: Think back to the Mustang SVO. Offered from 1984-1986, the SVO was powered by a 2.3L turbocharged engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. While the SVO put down horsepower ratings in the same ballpark as the 5.0L, did it still face the same opposition that the current generation’s 2.3L has? Were enthusiasts up in arms that the Foxbody Mustang had a 4-cylinder turbo under the hood? We’d like to think they probably weren’t, but then again, the internet had yet to be created, there was no comment section, so we can’t just scroll on back to read the rants and raves.
The ROUSH axle-back exhaust for the 2015 EcoBoost Mustang is constructed with the same attention to detail and OEM level quality control as the rest of ROUSH’s products. The same High quality materials, T-304 stainless steel and constant diameter mandrel bends that maintain high flow and reduce backpressure in our GT exhaust are at play in this one. Rest assured, even though the engine option is down on cylinders, our commitment to creating the best possible parts for it hasn’t been diminished.
Here’s the thing: we weren’t trying to make the I-4 Mustang sound like a V8 with our new axle-back exhaust (as so many of the aforementioned comments seem to suggest). We simply took what Ford created and added a high-performance ROUSH-infused twist to it. There is no way to make an engine sound as if it is packing twice the number of cylinders it is, and that was never the intention. What we hoped to create is something that EcoBoost drivers will enjoy, with tones that express what the EcoBoost Mustang truly is – a powerful, four-cylinder turbocharged engine.