Whether it be V-6, straight-six, or flat-six, these cars do exhaust noise right.
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BMW M1 Procar
BMW's first M car is best in race car form. The M1 Procar, powered by was built for a spec series that didn't last very long—luckily, many of the cars are still driven on track to this day, which means we get to hear them.
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Noble is a small company based in the UK that builds supercars in low numbers. One of its discontinued cars, the M400, uses a Ford Duratec twin-turbo V-6. That might not sound appealing, but just wait until you hear that blow-off noise. in Pennsylvania you can own right now.
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Nissan has used its VQ V-6 in a bunch of different cars, but we think it sounds best in the 370Z. It's incredibly raspy and high-pitched. Chances are you'll be able to identify it by sound before you see the car itself. is up for grabs on eBay right now.
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Aston Martin DB5
The DB5's straight-six isn't what made it an icon—007 took care of that back in the 1960s. But there's no arguing it makes a wonderful noise.
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Porsche isn't the only company that builds horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engines. Subaru does too, offering flat-sixes in some of its top-level trimmed cars.
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Datsun's line of stunning Z cars not only look good, they sound great. Give those straight-sixes a little room to breathe, and you'll go to redline at every opportunity. up for bidding on eBay right now.
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The V-6-powered Camaro has gone from an unwanted compromise car to a full-blown performance machine in recent years. With over 330 horsepower and a wonderful soundtrack, we wouldn't look badly upon anyone who buys one of these instead of the V-8. you can own today.
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Lotus Evora 400
The supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 stuffed inside the new Evora 400 might be sourced from Toyota, but you wouldn't guess it by the noise it makes. It sounds more like a racing engine than anything else. barely been used, and you can own it for thousands under MSRP.
The 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 found under the hood of the top-spec Giulia is essentially a Ferrari V-8 with two fewer cylinders. So it's not surprising the engine sounds fantastic. you can own today for less than $60,000.
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Any VR6-Powered Car
The not-quite-a-straight-six VR6 found in many great Volkswagens remains one of the great six-pot engines of the 1990s. It's still used today in some VWs, but will soon be retired.
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Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche has made a handful of 911 GT3s over the years, and every single one of them sounds fantastic. Whether we're talking about the 996, 997, or even the new 991.2, each of their flat-six engines makes some of the most beautiful noises on the planet. has the manual, and you can own it today.
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Ferrari Dino/Lancia Stratos
The mid-mounted 2.4-liter V-6 found in the Ferrari Dino and Lancia Stratos is responsible for making a generation of enthusiasts love cars.
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Alfa Romeo GTV6
Alfa Romeo's Busso V-6, found in cars like the GTV6, is one of the greatest six-cylinders of all time, and makes a sound like no other. It's no wonder these cars are starting to climb in value.
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BMW M3 (E46)
There's no mistaking the shrieking of BMW's S54 3.2-liter straight-six. The raspy, rev-happy engine found its way into several BMWs in the early 2000s, but we think the E46 is the pick of the bunch. painted in Laguna Seca Blue you can own right now.
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There's no doubt Jaguar's "XK" straight-six engines are classics. The perfect blend of noises that come together and out the exhaust pipe is something that can't be replicated on a new car.
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Of course, if you want to hear the very best Jaguar straight-six noise, you'll have to turn to Eagle and its restomod E-Types. Just one listen to that exhaust note and you'll be wondering just how irresponsible it would be to take another mortgage out on your house.
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While the new NSX may make a great noise, it's got nothing on the original. A naturally aspirated 3.0-liter VTEC Honda V-6 was mounted behind the driver, and made one hell of a sound. for sale on eBay right now.
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Toyota Supra (MkIV)
While it sounds great when stock, the 2JZ straight-six found in the Mk IV Toyota Supra is best heard when tuned north of 1000 horsepower. for sale on eBay.
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The goofy-looking side-exit rear exhaust pipes weren't the only cool thing about the Sagaris. It also had a 4.0-liter straight-six engine that put out over 400 horsepower and made a fantastic rumble.
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Though it's branded as an EcoBoost, there's no mistaking the performance and aural pleasure coming from the new Ford GT's 650-horsepower 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6.
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Nissan Skyline GT-R
The various turbocharged straight-six engines that found their way into Skylines over the years have always sounded great, but the end-of-the-line R34 might be the pick of the bunch. that's been imported to the US for sale right now.