The 25 Best-Sounding Cars of All Time

Prepare your ears.

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When it comes to sound, these cars are the best of the best, according to you. Turn up the volume.

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Ferrari 599 GTO

No, the GTO isn't one of Ferrari's unobtainable mid-engine supercar legends, but it's still one hell of a machine. One listen to its fabulous V12 exhaust note will tell you that.

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Jaguar F-Type SVR

In a world of muffled turbocharged engine noises, it's nice to see Jaguar still selling a car that can sound as brutal as the F-Type SVR. Just listen to those crackles!

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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

If you're into supercharger whine, there's probably no better car to listen to than the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The V8 exhaust note is almost secondary to that forced induction sound.

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Lamborghini Gallardo

Lamborghini introduced its first production V10 engine in the original Gallardo, and knocked it out of the park. It may be missing two cylinders compared to its bigger brother, the Murcielago, but it's definitely not lacking in sound.

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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Somehow, Mercedes and McLaren got their grand-touring supercar of the 2000s to sound exactly like a vintage road racing car. We're not complaining.

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Mazda 787B

Mazda's Le Mans winner packs a naturally-aspirated four-rotor engine in the back, and it creates one of the wildest shrieks you'll ever hear.

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Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini's newest V12 in the Aventador is a lot different than the one in the Murcielago—it uses an entirely new firing order, after all. The sound is completely different, yet still fantastic.

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BRM V16

The BRM V16 (yes, there are sixteen cylinders in that tiny car) sounds like two V8s put together. That is not a bad thing.

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Audi Group B Quattro

Thanks to a super-aggressive anti-lag system, the Audi Quattro Group B cars made some of the wildest pops and bangs of any exhaust out there.

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Ferrari FXX K

While many other hybrid cars pair their batteries with turbocharged engines, the LaFerrari and track-only FXX K use a naturally aspirated V12. This results in a wonderful high-rpm screech whenever the driver hits the throttle.

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BMW M5 (E60)

BMW, with the goal of creating an engine with 500 horsepower that could produce 100 horsepower per liter, came up with the 5.0-liter V10 found in the E60-generation M5. Slap a set of equal-length headers on it, and it turns into a true four-door supercar.

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Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer

If you're looking for the ultimate air-cooled 911 experience, it's hard to argue with a 911 customized by Singer. The fully upgraded flat-six makes one hell of a noise.

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Chevrolet Corvette C7.R

Go to any IMSA race today and chances are you'll fall in love with the C7.R. The thunderous exhaust note from that massive V8 dominates the field wherever it goes.

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Maserati GranTurismo

The GranTurismo has been on sale since 2008 with the same Ferrari-derived naturally aspirated V8 engine. The sound it makes, especially with an aftermarket exhaust, is shockingly good. Best of all? Because they've been on sale for so long, used prices have .

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McLaren F1

The magnificent 6.1-liter V12 found in the legendary McLaren F1 was actually sourced from BMW. That doesn't make it any worse to listen to, though.

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Porsche 911 GT3 (991.2)

Air-cooled 911s are nice, but if revs are what you're looking for, the new 911 GT3 can provide. Its 4.0-liter unit climbs to 9000 RPM before the limiter kicks in. You can even get it with a manual gearbox.

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

The 6.2-liter naturally aspirated AMG V8 made its way into a bunch of Mercedes cars, but none sounded better than the SLS Black Series. Just listen to that grumble and tell me I'm wrong.

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Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche hit it out of the park with the Carrera GT. It looks great, makes an amazing noise from that 5.7-liter V10, and even has a manual transmission. It's already become a near-seven-figure collector's item.

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Any 3.0-Liter V10 F1 Car

Many F1 fans believe the sounds for the sport peaked in the early 2000s with the introduction of the 3.0-liter V10 engines. Hearing one fly by at full throttle is all the reasoning you need to see why.

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Ferrari F355

There's something about the Ferrari F355's mid-mounted V8 that just gets to you. It's a high-pitched rasp that sounds unlike anything else on the road.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

Unlike most American V8s, the GT350R features one with a flat-plane crank design, allowing it to rev faster. The result is a symphony of fantastic exhaust noise.

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Aston Martin Vulcan

Aston Martin didn't hold anything back when building the Vulcan. Under that massive hood lies a naturally aspirated 800-horsepower 7.0-liter V12. Unsurprisingly, it sounds glorious.

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Ferrari 412 T2

Ever wonder where radio hosts get their race car sound board clips from? We're guessing its the Ferrari 412 T2. A 3.0-liter V12 F1 race engine at its finest.

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Lexus LFA

A naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V10 hides under the hood of the LFA, matched with an exhaust specially tuned by Yamaha to get the absolute perfect sound. It's arguably the best-sounding road-legal V10 car of all time.

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Pagani Zonda Revolucion

When it comes to V12s, nothing beats the Zonda. And when it comes to Zondas, nothing beats the track-only Revolucion model. It uses a 6.0-liter AMG engine tuned up to nearly 800 horsepower. Understandably, it's absurd to listen to.

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