25 of the Best-Sounding Turbocharged Cars of All Time

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Usually a turbocharger muffles the sound an engine makes, but according to you, these turbo cars sound utterly fantastic. Crank up the volume and enjoy.

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Nissan Skyline GT-R

No matter what generation of Skyline GT-R you're into, you'll be treated to a wonderful straight-six wail with plenty of whooshing and hissing. Oh, and maybe a fireball or two.

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Ferrari 288 GTO

The 288 GTO was built to homologate Ferrari's Group B rally car, but never actually got the chance to race. We were left with this street car, a twin-turbo V8 hooligan with plenty of fantastic exhaust noises.

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Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series

Most of Mercedes's V12 cars are quiet and muted, but the SL65 Black Series is different. It makes a deep grumble at idle, and barks at full-throttle.

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Ford Focus RS

If you like pops and burbles, the Focus RS is the car to have. That 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine has plenty to offer, and sounds wonderful.

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Lancia Delta S4

The Group B Delta S4 is twin-charged, meaning it has both a turbocharger and a supercharger. In full rally trim, it sounds like gunfire is coming from the exhaust.

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Mazda RX-7

With the introduction of the last RX-7, Mazda combined turbocharging with a rotary engine. The results speak for themselves.

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Lotus 97T

People may not be fans of today's turbo F1 cars, but the cars from the 1980s sounded truly great. This John Player Special Lotus is a prime example.

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Ferrari 488

People were initially worried when Ferrari decided to turbocharge its flagship mid-engine V8 supercar. Our worries disappeared once we heard the 488's fantastic 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 roar to life, though.

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Aston Martin DB11

Like the 488, Aston Martin fans were worried the DB9's naturally aspirated V12 sound would be lost in its replacement, the DB11. Well, those fans can rest easy, because the DB11 makes a glorious V12 noise.

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Toyota Supra

The Supra is known for being able to make massive power from its ultra-reliable 2JZ straight-six engine. The side effect of all that power, of course, is a great boosted noise coming from the tailpipe.

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Noble M600

Noble may not be as well-known as brands like Ferrari or McLaren, but the small British team still knows how to make one hell of a turbocharged engine. The Volvo-sourced 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 in the back of the M600 is a prime example.

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Ferrari F40

The sound emanating from the F40's iconic triple exhaust is everything you'd hope from a Ferrari. While the new turbocharged 488GTB sounds good, it doesn't sound this good.

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Mercedes-AMG GT S

Mercedes-AMG has a way of making modern turbocharged engines sound better than just about anyone else's. The 4.0 liter twin-turbo in the wonderful AMG GT S is an angry, lovely thing.

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Audi Quattro S1

If the Group B era could distilled into a single sound, it'd be the Audi Quattro S1's barking five-cylinder echoing off trees, wastegates chirping away. You could hear this car from miles away and know exactly what it is.

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McLaren P1

All of McLaren's 3.8 liter V8 cars sound great, but the P1 with its oversized turbochargers is truly special. With the interior's lack of sound-deadening material and the V8's air intake right over your head, the P1 is a symphony of induction and wastegate.

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Alfa Romeo 4C

In addition to looking beautiful, an Alfa Romeo has to sound good. The 4C is especially beautiful and its noise matches its appearance. If you order your 4C with the Sports Exhaust, Alfa sends you the car without a muffler. Wonderful.

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Sauber C9

The legendary Sauber-Mercedes C9 sounds like what would happen if you strapped two turbochargers onto a NASCAR stocker's V8. Its loosely street-car-based motor made around 650 horsepower and easily carried the C9 up to 250 mph on the Mulsanne straight.

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Subaru WRX STI

The WRX STI's turbocharged flat-four sounds like a tractor crossed with a WRC car. It's easily one of the most distinctive-sounding cars on the road.

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Ford GT LM GTE

People have mixed feelings about how the new Ford GT road car sounds, but the Le Mans race car is much more decisive. Listen and decide for yourself.

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Pagani Huayra BC

The naturally aspirated V12 in the Pagani Zonda is one of the best sounding motors ever fitted to a car, but its turbocharged successor, the Huayra, isn't too shabby either. Especially the Huayra BC, which sounds like a black hole on four wheels.

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Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

We've selected the E63 AMG, but really, any Mercedes equipped with AMG's lovely 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 can go here. AMG truly is the master of making a twin-turbo sound great.

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Porsche 935

Porsche's new generation of turbocharged engines sound nice, but they don't hold a candle to the brutal sturm und drang of the flat-six found in the 935 race car. It's just devastating.

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Fiat 695 Biposto

The Fiat 500 Abarth is one of the silliest cars you can buy today, in a good way, of course. Fiat made this little turbocharged meatball way louder than it needs to be and we applaud it. The limited edition 695 Biposto sounds even better.

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Koenigsegg One:1

Koenigsegg doesn't do anything less than crazy, including engine noise. Its familiar V8 is usually turbocharged to hell and back, and it makes an ungodly noise. The One:1 sounds especially good.

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Porsche 919 Hybrid

Porsche's Le Mans-winning 919 may only have a V4, but it sounds like a wild spaceship thanks to its electric motors. Downshifting under braking, it sounds incredibly futuristic with its combination of turbo whoosh and energy-recovery whine.

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