The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

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The best part about driving a megabuck supercar, sports car, or hypercar may have something to do with how it looks, how fast it goes from zero to 100, or the sheer exotic nature of the machine.

But for real drivers, the defining characteristic of a sports car is how it sounds, and we’re talking about the whole package: That intoxicating intake howl, that burbling exhaust, and the rising crescendo as you bury the throttle.

You may not know this, but making a car sound good is more than just force-fitting a cat-back exhaust and calling it a day. Top-tier automakers spend countless resources and employ a dedicated team of sound engineers to develop and fine-tune an engine’s sound. It takes months or years of exhaustive testing to produce a characteristic engine and exhaust note in most cases.

Why do some cars sound so good? Unsurprisingly, V10 or V12 engines tend to be louder than a puny four-cylinder due to size and volume. The more cylinders, the better.

You see, sound-generating vibrations from each combustion cycle inside the cylinder generate pressure waves in the intake and exhaust system. It’s a sound engineer’s job to tame or adjust the pressure waves as the exhaust gasses leave the cylinders, producing that characteristic exhaust sound that enthusiasts love.

Now it’s time for you to decide what the best-sounding motors of all time are. Listen to the most popular engine roars below and, if you disagree, place your votes to move your favorites up the list.

Editor’s note: You can listen to all of the engines noted at the end of this article.

Image Credit: Ferrari.

Methodology

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

We combined a selection of best-sounding car lists from reputable car websites and isolated the 100 most commonly occurring overall by brand and engine type.

Then we searched for “[car model] + sound” on YouTube and scraped the view count of the top 12 videos. We then combined average views and ranked the cars by view to give us the ‘most popular engine sounds.’

Data was collected in February 2021.

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40. 600 Pullman

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufactuer: Mercedes-Benz
  • Engine: V8

Image Credit: Mercedes Benz Press Archive.

39. RS200

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Ford
  • Engine: 4-CYL

Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 / Wiki Commons.

38. 911 GT2 RS Weissach

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Porsche
  • Engine: 6-CYL

Image Credit: Porsche.

37. RS6

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Audi
  • Engine: V10

Image Credit: Audi USA.

36.Urus

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Lamborghini
  • Engine: V8

Image Credit: Lamborghini Urus by Alexander Migl (CC BY).

35. Reventon

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Lamborghini
  • Engine: V12

Image Credit: Taco Ekkel / Wiki Commons.

34. Supra Mk IV

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Toyota
  • Engine: 6-CYL

Image Credit: Gold Pony / Wiki Commons.

33. 911 GT3 RS (2019)

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Porsche
  • Engine: 6-CYL

Image Credit: Porsche.

32. S8 V10

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Audi
  • Engine: V10

Image Credit: Loadbeta / Wiki Commons.

31. Huracan

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Lamborghini
  • Engine: V10

Image Credit: Lamborghini.

30. Veneno

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Lamborghini
  • Engine: V12

Image Credit: Clément Bucco-Lechat / Wiki Commons.

29. M3 (E30)

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: BMW
  • Engine: 4-CYL

Image Credit: iStock.

28. P1

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: McLaren
  • Engine: V8

Image Credit: McLaren P1 LM by junaidrao (CC BY).

27. Superbird

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Plymouth
  • Engine: V8

Image Credit: ckirkman / Wiki Commons.

26. 911 GT3 RS

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Porsche
  • Engine: 6-CYL

Image Credit: 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 by AVIA BavARia (CC BY).

25. Corvette ZR1

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Chevrolet
  • Engine: V8

Image Credit: Corvette ZR1 by Lazzo1 (CC BY).

24. C63 AMG

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz
  • Engine: V8

Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz.

23. GT

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Ford
  • Engine: 6-CYL

Image Credit: 2019 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 facelift Taken in Leamington Spa by Vauxford (CC BY-SA).

22. R8 V10

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Audi
  • Engine: V10

Image Credit: DarthArt /iStock.

21. Challenger SRT Demon

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Dodge
  • Engine: V8

Image Credit: FCA US LLC.

20. Sesto Elemento

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Lamborghini
  • Engine: V10

Image Credit: Wiki Commons.

19. Disco Volante

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Alfa Romeo
  • Engine: V8

Image Credit: Alfa Romeo Giulia QV (2015) by Vauxford (CC BY-SA).

18. Golf VR6 R32

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Volkswagen
  • Engine: 6-CYL

Image Credit: VOLKSWAGEN E GOLF by SAUD AL-OLAYAN (CC BY).

17. Giulia Quadrifoglio

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Alfa Romeo
  • Engine: 6-CYL

Image Credit: Alfa Romeo Giulia QV (2015) by Vauxford (CC BY-SA).

16. Gran Turismo

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Maserati
  • Engine: V8

Image Credit: Maserati.

15. M5 (E60)

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: BMW
  • Engine: V10

Image Credit: BMW E39 M5 by Terabass (CC BY-SA).

14. 430 Scuderia

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Ferrari
  • Engine: V8

Image Credit: Rudolf Stricker / Wiki Commons.

13. Skyline GT-R R34

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Nissan
  • Engine: 6-CYL

Image Credit: Nissan.

12. Islero

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Lamborghini
  • Engine: V12

Image Credit: Craig Howell / Wiki Commons.

11. Viper ACR

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

Manufacturer: Dodge

Engine: V10

Image Credit: Dodge Viper ACR by Chad Horwedel (CC BY-NC-ND).

10. Zonda Revolucion

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Pagani
  • Engine: V12

Image Credit: Pagani.

9. Vulcan

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Aston Martin
  • Engine: V12

Image Credit: ClassicCars.com.

8. GT40

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Ford
  • Engine: V8

Image Credit: Courtesy of rmsothebys.com.

7. LFA

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Lexus
  • Engine: V10

Image Credit: ewg3D/istockphoto.

6. Zonda R

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Pagani
  • Engine: V12

Image Credit: The Car Spy / Wiki Commons.

5. 458 Italia

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Ferrari
  • Engine: V8

Image Credit: Sjo/istockphoto.

4. FXX K

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Ferrari
  • Engine: V12

Image Credit: Ferrari.

3. LaFerrari

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Ferrari
  • Engine: V12

Image Credit: Ferrari.

2. F12 Berlinetta

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Ferrari
  • Engine: V12

Image Credit: 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta by Sicnag (CC BY).

1. Enzo

The 40 best sounding car engines of all time

  • Manufacturer: Ferrari
  • Engine: V12

Ready to listen to them all? You can check them out here.

 

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