The LT5 is the name for the supercharged motor powering the massively capable Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. It's so big, Chevy had to cut a hole in the hood to make it fit. Acceptable, considering the engine's 755-horsepower rating and wonderful exhaust note.
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The E39-generation BMW M5 has a lot of things going for it, one of them being the fantastic V8 under the hood. It's nice and torquey down low, and makes an intoxicating wail as you approach redline. We can't get enough of it.
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This Ariel Atom's V8 is actually just two Suzuki Hayabusa four-cylinder engines grafted together by a company in the UK called Hartley. It's a purpose-built race engine, but since the Atom V8 is road-legal, it deserves a spot on this list.
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Alfa Romeo 2.6-Liter
The 2.6-liter V8 found under the hood of the Alfa Romeo Montral doesn't sound as European as you'd expect. Instead, it's more akin to a high-strung American race engine. Not that we're complaining.
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Ferrari Tipo F129B
If you want something that sounds like a vintage F1 car for the road, look no further than the F355. In addition to its stellar looks and magnificent driving experience, you get one of the best raspy, high-pitch V8 screams on earth.
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The M156 was the first engine developed entirely by Mercedes's AMG performance division, so it's no surprise to see it on this list. The 6.2-liter engine was used in a variety of AMG cars throughout the late 2000s, including the C63, E63, R63, and CLK63. An evolution of this engine, the M159, made its way into the SLS AMG.
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Chevrolet makes some of the best V8 engines on Earth, but the LS7 deserves a special mention. Featured in the last-gen Corvette Z06 and Camaro Z/28, the 7.0-liter motor makes tons of torque and sounds absolutely astonishing.
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Ferrari Tipo F136 FL
The 4.5-liter flat-crank V8 found in the 458 Speciale was the last naturally aspirated V8 engine from Ferrari before the automaker went all-turbo. The 488 Pista is certainly more capable, but there's no beating that raspy high-RPM scream.
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Ford 5.2-liter "Voodoo"
The 5.2-liter "Voodoo" V8 is based on Ford's Coyote engine, except it uses a flat-plane crankshaft. Specifically designed for use in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, it makes 526 horsepower, and sounds unlike any other American pony car.
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Ford 5.4-liter Supercharged
The 5.4-liter supercharged V8 found in the last-gen Ford GT is a highly specialized, all-aluminum version of Ford's modular motor. It features a dry sump, two fuel injectors per cylinder, and oil squirters for the piston skirts. Oh, and it also makes a phenomenal noise.
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The AJ133 V8 is an evolution of Jaguar's AJ-8 engine, which has been in production since 1996. Featured in cars like the Jaguar F-Type SVR and Range Rover Sport SVR, it creates a cacophony of pops and bangs that amount to one seriously enjoyable engine note.
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The BMW S65 is essentially BMW's S85 V10 engine with two cylinders lopped off. The 4.0-liter block came standard in the last-gen M3, capable of revving all the way to 8500 RPM. Understandably, it sounds lovely.