This is... exactly what it looks like: a soundbar made from a 911 GT3’s exhaust

By topgear, 06 November 2022

This is... exactly what it looks like: a soundbar made from a 911 GT3’s exhaust

It’s hardly a secret that Porsche 911s sound good. It’s a hefty part of the not-so-secret sauce, after all: the fact that at a certain part in the rev range – near the top, naturally – the flat-six engine in the back actually starts to sound musical.

And the most talented aural performer is, coincidentally enough, generally the most talented... well, performer: the GT3.

So you can rather see the A to B of building a TV room soundbar using the actual exhaust from a 992 GT3.

It’s certainly not the lines we’d think along – or even attempt to sell as a good idea to a spouse – but you could definitely accuse it of having logic in there somewhere.

And of course, being a modern audio device, it has all the necessary neologisms, initialisms and decimal-pointed numbers to work as more than an automotive art installation: 2.1.2 virtual surround sound, Atmos DTS-HD, Bluetooth 5.0, AirPlay 2 and 4K compatibility.

And if all this made as much sense to you as ‘Y2K compatible’, then a) hello, fellow old person – hope your knees are in better shape than ours, and b) you’ll be able to plug this into your new fancy TV and get 300 watts of Michael Bay booms and Hans Zimmer bwaaaaahs.

You’ll also be able to play music from pretty much any music-playing device you have around the house, either over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. 

But then you’d rather want to be able to, if you’re paying Porsche Design almost S$20k for a soundbar that looks like the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey with a GT3 muffler stuck to it.

In fact, that price might be the only thing heftier than the soundbar itself – it’s a full 1.5 metres wide, nearly 50cm tall and just as deep, and weighs a combined 65kg.

Which, unless we’re mistaken, is actually heavier than the exhaust system on a GT3.

We suppose the real question (aside from who on earth would buy it, of course) is this: could it possibly sound as good as a 911?

STORY Craig Jamieson

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