ROUSH Active Exhaust: Freedom of Expression

If you haven’t heard of ROUSH Active Exhaust, where have you been for the past 2.5 years?! Active Exhaust is currently available for 2015-2017 Mustangs, and was an option on 2015-2017 model year ROUSH Mustangs as well.

This powerful “smart system” reads running conditions over the vehicle’s onboard diagnostic data bus and makes adjustments on valve opening and closing positions depending upon the mode selected via the dial installed on the center console. Active Exhaust comes with three pre-loaded exhaust modes and one custom exhaust mode:

• TOURING routes all exhaust gases through the mufflers, keeping output decibels at their absolute minimum.

• SPORT provides more exhaust noise at low accelerator openings and low vehicle speeds, and then closes the valves during normal city driving. This setting is more aggressive than Touring, yet still street legal.

• TRACK keeps the internal muffler bypass fully open at all times when the engine is running for a free-flowing, unrestricted tone. Designed for the track, this mode is not street legal.

• CUSTOM allows unlimited tuning of unique exhaust sounds with volume and tone alterations based on accelerator position and vehicle speed.

“Drivers can select between the neighborhood-friendly touring option for quiet morning startups and switch to sport to open up when the driving becomes more spirited,” said Gary Jurick, president of ROUSH Performance. “Other systems lack smart controls or suffer from premature valve failure. Our original equipment-grade valve offers a system far superior to simple electronic cutouts.”

The Active Exhaust is controlled by the market’s first patent pending Apple iOS application that allows drivers to calibrate the exact tune and volume of their exhaust — based on speed and accelerator position. Drivers can view 3D graphical renderings of calibration on their iPhone or iPad and save multiple settings on their device.

ROUSH Active Exhaust is available for the 2015-2017 Mustang GT and I-4 EcoBoost, in both coupe and convertible body styles. An Active-Ready Quad-Tip Exhaust is also available, and can later be paired to the ROUSH Active Exhaust Upgrade Kit.

To see ROUSH Performance’s Active Exhaust in action, visit Or access the app from the App Store on an iPhone or iPad.

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ROUSH Performance
ROUSH Performance
ROUSH Performance, a division of Roush Enterprises, designs, engineers and manufactures completely assembled pre-titled vehicles, aftermarket performance parts, and superchargers for the global performance enthusiast market. Based in Plymouth Township, Michigan, ROUSH Performance was founded in 1995 by motorsports legend Jack Roush.
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