Aftcatalytic Converter Mail

If there s one upgrade many of us consider for our cars it's an exhaust and filter swap So when the UK importer for Remus exhausts (www.remusuk.com) offered a cat-back fully stainless system and a Pipercross replacement filter, along with a befcre-and-after rolling road run to chart any gains in power and torque, I jumped at the chance.

I've heard good things about Remus from a few mates who have systems fitted to their cars, and since they have to pass stringent TUV tests, you know they're built to a very Ngh standard. I was also encouraged by the fact that the Remus system (£506 plus an hour's fitting) not enly retains the Megane's standard catalytic converter and doesn't mess with the tailpipe finisher, but it also has a pair of silencers, so it wouldn't be stupidly noisy. The standard system is a one-piece item so you need to cut it aft of the catalyst downpipe. The two-piece Remus system then attaches with a snug, sleeved joint and clamp. It uses all the standard mounts and fits like a glove.

Running on regular 95 octane fuel, the standard Megane achieved 244. Ibhp, just a few horsepower down on Renault's factory claim of

246.7bhp (250PS). With the Remus system fitted, it develops a peak of 253.8bhp, with useful gains from 4000rpm upwards. Likewise, torque output increases by anywhere between 4 and 81b ft from 4000rpm through to the 7400rpm limiter.

On the road those gains are tangible, with a little added in-gear urgency and a sweeter, freer-breathing top-end Aurally there's little difference, save a very subtle deepening of the exhaust note. That it could pass as an OE system, but with greater performance, is perhaps the best compliment we can pay.

Richard Meaden

The two-piece stainless Remus exhaust, about to be bolted to Meaden's Megane

GIVE HOT HATCHES A GOOD DRUBBING'

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