When we think about the driving experience, the first thing that comes to mind is the feeling of speed – the world zooming past. But it’s also so much more than that, including the g-forces when taking a turn and being pushed into your seat when coming out of a corner. But for all those sensations, a lackluster exhaust note can ruin even the greatest of cars. That’s the experience of our own Alex Luft with his 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan.
As owners already know, the ATS Sedan looks great and handles just as well, but the exhaust note leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, the ATS’ stock exhaust is almost silent, representing a low point for an otherwise exceptional vehicle. To rectify the problem, Luft added an axle-back Renick Performance exhaust, which adds just the right amount of sound to enhance the driving experience. The new exhaust system better communicates what the engine is doing, making spirited driving that much more enjoyable.
Now, the Renick Performance exhaust for the Cadillac ATS turbo isn’t something meant to help one show off, get noticed on the street, or wake the neighbors. It’s something that’s meant to improve the driving experience of an otherwise perfect machine. The system also has the added benefit of not droning on the highway and not impeding the use of voice recognition or Bluetooth phones. That’s a good thing, since aftermarket exhaust systems can often make four-bangers sound loud and obnoxious, but that’s far from the case here.
RP says that the exhaust adds 15 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque to the ATS, but that’s not something Luft measured. In fact, his goal of getting the exhaust wasn’t to gain more power or performance, but rather to enhance the driving experience.
The Renick Performance exhaust for the ATS retailed for about $500 when he bought it – which is a relatively good deal. Watch the video below for the complete review, and note that the RP exhaust system actually has shiny tips, but those don’t come across in this video because of inclement weather experienced right before the shoot. Those Colorado mountains really have a climate of their own.