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The sound and the fury

The sound and the fury

An education in automotive acoustics

Some things are worth making a bit of noise over

Akrapovič is globally recognised as a highly innovative materials technology company, synonymous with the highest level of design and performance enhancement with an unmistakable deep, resonant exhaust sound. With over 25 years of experience, the company’s products are designed for performance cars by a highly-skilled workforce of over 900 employees using the latest technology, processes and finest materials.


If you’re the sort of driver that seeks the next level when it comes to speccing-up your super car, Akrapovič is definitely on your radar. The problem comes when you speak to your dealership about taking delivery of your pride and joy with your loud bits included. It can seem like the one thing that nobody wants to hear as you attempt to explain that the systems lovingly created by the engineers at Lamborghini or Porsche don’t quite mesh with your acoustic sensibilities.

Because at XL we're drivers, we recognise that car sound is as important and defining as an individual’s voice. By partnering with Akrapovič we bring that distinction to our clients.

Clear as a bell

All vehicles from within the XL Luxe stable come with a level of specification befitting their status. But sometimes, whether you’re at a meet or cruising round the byways of Cheshire, it’s nice to stand out from the crowd. Now with XL’s links with Akrapovič it’s possible to take delivery of your car with a custom exhaust system already fitted – providing a biblical soundtrack to an already thrilling experience.

In the past, you may may have worried about warrantee issues, insurers raising aftermarket concerns or a finance company regarding car and system as essentially two separate funding requests. When you request your Akrapovič through XL, our team sets to work ensuring that your new sonic landscape arrives free from interference, meaning that, from your perspective, the exhaust was always a feature on the car.

To mark the start of the partnership between XL and Akrapovič we’ve taken three cars from our stable to act as experimental subjects for the very best minds in the lab. We were eager to see what the boffins in Slovenia could do with an AMG G63, a Lamborghini Huracan and a Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Anyone who’s spent any time around cars knows that each of the above isn’t exactly a shrinking violet when it comes to speaking it’s mind at the traffic lights. Expect a new standard barking, bellowing, flames and increased horsepower as the our partner cars come out of the lab over the coming months.


If you’re interested in working with the very best in exhaust systems technology, when you start the search for your next supercar, get in touch. Let’s make a song and dance out of it.

How we're responding to COVID-19.

At XL we've introduced several measures to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. Our head office is open for drop-offs and collections and all our vehicles are fully valeted and sterilised. Collections and drop-off staff all have full PPE including face masks, sanitising spray and hand cleaning fluid.

Our procedures for customers collecting vehicles:
  • New vehicles will be cleaned, sanitised and disinfected by our staff member, who will then place the keys on the windscreen and then go 2 metres away whilst the client goes to the vehicle to inspect it. Once our customer has checked and is happy with the vehicle a copy of the inspection report is emailed straight to them.
  • The handover is complete, and no contact is made between the customer and staff member. Spare gloves and sanitising wipes are available for our customers to use should they be required.
Our procedures for customers returning vehicles:
  • When a customer arrives with the vehicle our staff member will direct you to park the vehicle in a dedicated parking area and ask you to leave the vehicle, locking it and placing the keys on the windscreen. Once our customer has done this and is the required 2 metres away our staff member will approach the vehicle to disperse the sanitising/disinfecting fluid on the keys unlock and enter the vehicle sanitising the dashboard, steering wheel, handbrake, door and window controls, seat adjustment controls. Our staff member will then perform the initial visual checks inside the vehicle, such as mileage, servicing and fuel levels. A full external check of the vehicle is performed, along with tyres, under to bonnet and boot. Any new damage is noted. Once the inspection is complete a copy of the inspection will be emailed straight to the client.

Keep on keeping on... and stay safe!