If you’re an avid car enthusiast, you’ve probably already tried your hand at modifying your own vehicles, and upgraded them with common aftermarket parts. If you’re thinking about investing in exhaust tips, you might be wondering whether these simply represent a cosmetic upgrade, or whether they actually change or alter the sound or performance of your exhaust?
The answer is simple: no. Exhaust tips can’t alter the performance of your engine, nor can they change the sound of your exhaust. The role of exhaust tips is simply to add an aesthetic modification to the exterior of your car, making your vehicle a unique and stand-out model.
In the following guide, we’re going to take a look at exhaust tips in more detail: what they are, how they work, and how to choose exhaust tips for your BMW. Let’s take a look!
What are exhaust tips?
Before we take a look at exhaust tips, it’s important to understand the function of the vehicle’s tailpipe: the tailpipe plays an important role in releasing exhaust gas, which is typically a mix of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapour. Depending on whether or not your car has a single or double-engine system, one or two exhaust tailpipes are typically visible at the rear of the vehicle.
So, what are exhaust tips? Popular with petrolheads and regular motorists alike, exhaust tips are separate car parts that can be fitted to your car’s exhaust tailpipe to add some flair and style to your vehicle. However, it’s important to note that exhaust tips are uniquely a cosmetic accessory: they don’t impact the performance of your engine itself, nor can they give you a more powerful-sounding rev engine. They also won’t be able to make your vehicle quieter, so they’re not the best option if you’re looking to make functional changes to the sound of your car.
How do exhaust tips work?
To understand how exhaust tips work, it’s important to consider the interior structure that connects your exhaust pipes to your car’s engine. What connects a vehicle’s tailpipe to the engine is the back box, resonator, and secondary cats – and modifying these parts can contribute to a change in the sound or rev engine of your car.
However, as exhaust tips are only fitted to your car’s existing exhaust pipes, they don’t interfere with the engine nor the interior function of the vehicle itself. The tips are simply slid over the vehicle’s tailpipe themselves, meaning they won’t change how your vehicle sounds when it’s on the road.
In short, fitting exhaust tips to your vehicle will mean that your car will be visually upgraded, but won’t be changed sonically.
What are the benefits of fitting exhaust tips to a vehicle?
The main benefit of fitting exhaust tips to your car is to give your vehicle a unique, stand-out aesthetic, without making your engine muffled or giving it a loud, blaring engine that won’t exactly make you popular amongst your neighbours.
Plus, as they’re a minimal modification, exhaust tips allow you to upgrade your vehicle visually without changing how it functions or impacting its sound; you can simply make it look sleeker and more luxe with titanium, stainless steel, or carbon fibre exhaust tips. And if you match your exhaust tips to the colour and finish of your vehicle, you’re guaranteed to impress fellow petrolheads while out on the road.
How to Choose Exhaust Tips for BMW
When it comes to choosing exhaust tips for BMW, here are a few important factors to consider:
Before settling on your chosen exhaust tips, you’ll want to take their aesthetic appeal into consideration – after all, you want your BMW to look as eye-catching and sleek as possible. Choose from a range of finishes – titanium, matte or steel – as well as design options such as curved and straight exhaust tips, and make sure to consult with a professional if you’re unsure about your options. At Kezr Automotive, we offer BMW exhaust tips made with stainless steel, carbon fibre and titanium, and we’ll be happy to help guide you in the right direction if you’re looking for recommendations.