If I say the word Kooks to you, two things will probably pop into your head. Indie rock band, The Kooks, and more importantly exhaust header supremo’s Kooks. Now we’re not talking music here at Grand Tour Nation so let’s focus on the exhaust header side of the word Kooks.
Since 1962, Kooks has built a huge following and an even more impressive reputation for some of the best high-performance exhaust headers in the business. Thankfully for fans, the company has something new on the way and if we do say ourselves, it sounds absolutely savage. What is it you ask? Headers for the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette.
The new mid-engined, 6.2-litre LT2 V8 isn’t all too dissimilar to the LT1 and the now discontinued C7, but certain aspects certainly are – for example, trying to squeeze in long tube headers into a very crowded modern mid-engine chassis certainly doesn’t come without its difficulties but thankfully it appears Kooks have worked it out. They recently posted a video on their Facebook showing off the fruits of their labour:
Let’s be honest, the new Corvette didn’t really need any assistance in sounding absolutely epic but these prototypes make it sound even more awesome.
Want one? Yeah, we do too, and the good news is Kooks are now accepting preorders for headers and catted connection pipes, which combined, bring about an additional 20 extra horsepower and 26 further lb-ft of torque to the wheels. Both pieces of equipment are made from stainless steel which makes for an incredible appearance. No tuning is required to make use of the extra flow either.
The cost? Currently, Kooks have headers priced at approximately $1,350 before taxes and shipping and about $1,450 for the catted connection pipes. $2800 for the full kit, money well spent if you ask us.
Sadly, much like most of the automotive industry, Corvette has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the company halting production for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, any Corvette customer is probably going to have to wait until 2021 for their Corvette order.
But whenever you do receive your Corvette order, you’ll have an excellent pair of aftermarket pipes available to really show off with.