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AWE Tuning Performance Exhaust for VW, GTI, MKV

SKU: 3015-32038

Availability: built to order, ships directly from AWE Tuning

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price $735.79

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Our exhausts have earned praise from owners and the press alike, due to their unique "Jekyll and Hyde" personality. We spend considerable time and effort during development to achieve remarkable civility when idling and crusing at part throttle, while also producing a war-cry wail when full throttle is applied. Sophisticated, refined, and powerful, all at once.

GTI owners also see our R32 Style exhaust system.

We spent considerable time examining how to maximize the performance and options of this exhaust system. The factory exhaust consists of a long downpipe with two catalytic converters, and two rather large mufflers in the section after the cats.

Thorough long term street testing has confirmed that our high flow downpipe, whether equipped with with the 400 cell ceramic catalytic converter (for FSI) or the 200 cell metal catalytic converter (for both FSI and TSI), will not set a Check Engine light or any fault codes in the ECU. For FSI customers looking for ultimate power, our HJS German made metal catalytic converter will provide an additional 9hp over our ceramic converter option.


Here are some features of our system. Each feature was chosen for performance and longevity reasons, and when making your exhaust decisions you should settle for nothing less:

  • Fully mandrel bent tubing
  • Thick .065" wall T304 stainless steel tubing
  • Fully lined stainless steel flex joint in downpipe
  • Stainless steel internal muffler and resonator construction
  • Stainless steel MIG and TIG welds
  • Stainless steel T-bolt clamps
  • Double walled exhaust tips to reduce heat discoloration
  • Included OEM turbo to downpipe gasket
  • In house dyno developed


The downpipe features an integrated resonator to keep the exhaust sound volume civilized even with the elimination of the very restrictive factory converters. Our downpipe is the first performance downpipe to be released that will not trigger a Check Engine Light on TSI 2.0T cars, even on factory software.

The catback system is topped off with our signature 3.15" beveled exhaust tips. The tips sport stamped AWE Tuning logos and are double walled to ensure a mirror polish even under hard usage. The system has multiple slip joints with high quality stainless band clamps, to allow optimal adjustment.

Our catback systems will mate up to the stock downpipe, and our downpipe will mate to our catback or any other catback that is designed to mate up to the factory downpipe.


Why did we choose 2.5 inch and not 3.0 inch diameter for our MK5 exhaust?

Our first prototypes of this system were indeed 3.0 inch, but we found that the effort it took to move the large mass of air in the 3.0 inch system at lower rpms resulted in a loss of torque with very little offsetting gain up top. Take a look at our 3.0 inch prototype dyno sheets here and see why a 3.0 inch system is not appropriate for this car.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Weight 30.0000
Box Size (LxWxH): 30" x 20" x 20"
Manufacturer AWE Tuning
Country of Manufacture United States
USA Location Horsham, PA
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Installation Instructions (PDF)

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Rebates (PDF) N/A

Application Guide

Make Model Drivetrain Chassis / Year Engine
Volkswagen GTI FWD MK5 (2006-2009) 2.0T



Customer Reviews (1)

Best exhaust for price, hands down.Review by Matt
The only reason I am doing this review is because there aren't any written reviews for this system and I want to provide some confidence to prospective customers. I got this exhaust a couple weeks ago and since then I've fallen in love with it. I've driven close to 1000 miles with it so far, mixing highway and city and I am thoroughly satisfied. I was worried at first, even though every account I had read said that it was an excellent catback, as is to be expected when spending hundreds of dollars on something that you cannot hear in person. This exhaust is similar to the stock exhaust in that at lower RPMs it is near silent and once you hit 3000 is when it starts to open up - except it opens up a good dealer louder, fuller, and more aggressive than the OEM catback. This system adds a lot of drama to spirited driving, roaring on acceleration and popping and crackling on shifts. Currently, I'm running a stage 1 APR tune on my 07 MT GTI and on highway it does drone a little when driving over 80 miles an hour. In my state, most of my interstate and highway speeds are 55-65, so even while driving a little over the limit it is virtually silent. However, I did take it on a 600 mile round trip a few days ago where I was driving at 80+ mph the entire time and the drone was so benign that it would become like white noise after a little bit.

In fewer words, I believe this is the very best catback out there for a MK5 GTI, bar a few systems that are SIGNIFICANTLY more expensive. This is absolutely the best bang for buck, even if it were a few hundred dollars more. I originally wanted to get a Eurojet catback, but they went out of business and my order was cancelled. I find the AWE to be almost identical in performance and sound and am no longer disappointed in the cancellation of my order. I found the best price here on ESE, but 10/10 would buy again, even though I'm quite stingy with my spending. (Posted on 6/12/2017)

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