Ferrari California Capristo Exhuast Upgrade

My Maserati Granturismo S had the most amazing exhaust sound I had ever had on a car. When I first got it I didn’t realise just how loud it was going to be. When I stopped for some pedestrians to cross the road at a crossing the bangs and pops from the exhaust were that loud that the pedestrians literally jumped off the crossing and I was left red faced with embarrassment.

This amazing sound was missing from the Ferrari California so I decided to fit the Capristo exhaust silencer system that Scuderia Systems, who are based in the UK, could supply.

The Ferrari California Capristo Twin Sound Valve Exhaust System replaces the 2 rear boxes and is meant to have an astounding sound quality. It is far lighter than the standard rear boxes and offers an increase in horsepower and sound due to a more efficient flow through the exhaust system (about 17 to 19hp). It is capable of producing an aggressive exhaust note under acceleration, and a more subdued sound for city driving. At lower engine speeds and during cruise operation the valves are closed and produce a deeper exhaust note. At wide-open throttle the valves open, releasing the full symphony of the engine.

The opening or closing of the valves are controlled by the engine ECU, therefore working in the same way that the original exhaust was designed to function. The OEM vacuum pipes fit directly into the Capristo valve system.

Before making the purchase I contacted my local dealer, Graypaul Birmingham, who advised that my car warranty would be at jeopardy if I fitted an aftermarket exhaust.

After reading about the law regarding fitting an aftermarket exhaust, I decided to write directly to Ferrari UK asking for clarification of the situation. I received a phone call response advising that a common sense approach would be taken and that fitting the exhaust system would not be a problem. Ferrari UK would contact Graypaul to confirm this and a note would be put against my car stating that it was not a problem having the Capristo system fitted. The proviso was that the exhaust would be swapped back to the original system before I sold the car on.

Shortly after the conversation, my dealer called and said that they had received a call from Ferrari UK and that they would now fit the exhaust for me. I placed my order with Scuderia Systems for the exhaust and it was fitted by Graypaul.

I had recently purchased a Ferrari GTO-Style Front Grill for my Ferrari California, whilst the car was at the dealership I also had it fitted to the car.

So after all the expense and hassle does the exhaust sound any better? Well yes it does, but it is not as amazing as Capristo claim. The exhaust is definitely louder and when in Sport mode the crackles and pops on the overrun do sound pretty good. Also, when accelerating hard and shifting up there is a great shotgun type bang. But, the sound is nowhere near as amazing as the Masterati Grantuismo exhaust.

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