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Best sounding engines of all time?

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Hey, what do you all think are the best sounding engines of all time?

Heres what I think
- Cadillac 4.9 V8, nice raspy, aggravated exhaust tone when stock, if you stab the throttle when its idling, its got a nice bite to it.

- N*, It sounds like an old muscle car, but smoother, I'm surprised when I hear them drive by

-Nissan 3.5 V6, very smooth, deep sounding exhaust (for a V6)

-Dodge 440 V8, just watch the movie "Bullitt" and tell me :cool:

-Mercedes 5.5 Supercharged V8, superchargers sound cool period, then stack it on a V8 and have one hell of a nice sounding motor!

-Ford Lightning 5.8 V8- loud like a Nascar V8.

Thats all I can think of now, im sure more will come to me later.
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Nothing sounds quite like a Mustang Cobra with a nice exhaust. Those 4.6's sound so nice! I also like the Boxster engines from Subaru as well. Get a nice exhaust on them and they almost sound like deep sounding V8
Here are mine


Mercedes 6.0 V12

Rover 3500 V8

Vauxhall 2.6 V6 (again, for a V6)

Jaguar V8

Bentley 6.75 V8
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ah interesting. Blackout, I drove a '93 Mark VIII w/ cobra V8, I thought it sounded quite nice, very muscular with a nice burble sound. They sound exceptional w/ custom exhaust.
Engines from my own experience.

Olds 307 in my Fleetwood especially at low speeds, sounds really chuggy.
Ford 4.6 in my dad's '05 Mustang GT.
The DeVille's 4.9.
Ford 5.0 in my old Mark VII. Sounded really mean when floored.
Chevy 350 in the '93 Fleetwood Brougham I drove, mean sound.
Caddy 425 in the '79 Coupe de Ville I test drove.
Caddy 472 in the '69 Sedan de Ville I so despirately want.
My Roadmaster's 350LT1 didnt sound that good at all. I think of it sounding like the 4.3 V6, with just a general roar to it.
The 390 in our 59 Eldo has a nice sound to it.
I had the opp. one time to see a Cigarette boat with two Lamborghini marine V-12s side by side...

The sound killed every flounder for 100 yards around.

Also, a Russian T-55 makes a scary sound when it's around the corner of the building.. :)
Buick "Indy" or Menard V6 @ Indy in the short chutes (same thing)
Offenhouser @ Indy
Pratt and Whitney TF-33 (all eight @ 100% on a B52 at takeoff)
C5R at sebring , midway up the backstrech to sunset bend
Judd GV4-V10
Ferarri F1 V-10
Porsche 962 at daytona
Mazda-Kudzu at daytona (what a shreeker)
Detroit 8V92TTA
Team Cadillac CTS-V standing next to it dureing warmup :
Best sounding? 5L Mustang engines sound incredible. 351 Cleveland with shorty headers is insane too.
But imho, nothing compares to practically any of Ferrari's engines. I have a chance to drive an F360 while I was driving a last-gen Z06. Both were stock, and both sounded great. But total different sounds. Z06 sounds more like a nascar engine, whereas the Ferrari had a major F1 tone.

In terms of 6cyl's, I think BMW's newest 6 is quite incredible. Mercedes V6 3.2L sounds great too, with a new exhuast. Nissans 3.5L is nice in the 350z, but too muffled in its other applications.

One of the best stock sounds is the Honda S2000.
I would have to say the Ford GT40 they used the "sound over" for on the movie Bullitt for Steve McQueens 1968 Mustang GT. If you listen carefully, you can hear them double clutching on the chase scene..
A lot of you guys aren't old enough to remember the Tri Power GTO 389 and Pontiac 421. When the secondaries open on those 3X2 barrells, the angels would stop to listen.:cool2:
Ford 4.6 DOHC- The sucker roars at WOT.
Chverolet 350- Sounds like a monster when straight piped.
Chverolet 454- My subwoofer cant go deep enough to reproduce that sound.
#1 - LS6 in a CTS-V with Billy Boat X-Pipe and Headers (crapped myself the first time I started it in my garage)

#2 - Darryl Gwynn's Top Fuel Dragster at Bradenton for the Snow Bird Nationals. This was the year he crashed and ended up in a wheel chair.

#3 - Cadillac's Sweet 16. Nope, I've never heard it, but I can dream can't I?
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I have to agree with Blackout on the Mustang 4.6 liter engines; not a whole lot compares.

The 4.9 liter sounds very nice with the right exhaust (I wish I could post a sound clip of mine), but still doesn't compare to the Mustang 4.6 liter...

The only one that does is my dad's 79' Z28 with a 327 bored .060 over with the timing gears as noisy as can be. With the sickening exhaust note he has on that thing, plus the timing gear whine, it is the greatest sound I have ever heard from a car. Period.

I wish to whatever force I could achieve those two sounds from my 4.9 liter without having something broken to make those sounds...
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