The entire lenght of the exhaust is powdercoated black and the fitment is superbe. The exhaust note is audible at cold start, but barely audible at normal operating temp. Wide open throttle was not as loud as I hear some of the other exhausts, it almost sounds like it gets quieter. IMO, the main thing that makes this exhaust the best is the low pricing found at their website. Sport Compact Car did a review along with a header and intake, with a small gain from this cat back system.
I purchased this exhaust due to a rear end fender bender that left my exhaust bund and rubbing the tire. I will post more pics if anyone wants.