Top 10 Best Sounding V8 Engines

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Top 10 Best Sounding V8 Engines

It’s unfortunate that many automakers are downsizing their engines for fuel economy purposes, but thankfully there are still some making amazing V8s.

So while V8 engines still exist, AutoGuide.com has decided to pick its top choices for the best sounding V8 engines out there and we’d love to hear whether or not you agree with our picks. Let us know in the comments.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Cars With the Best-Sounding Engines

10. Audi 4.2-liter FSI V8 (R8)

Let’s start with the 4.2-liter FSI V8 engine found in the Audi R8. For the 2015 model year, the powerplant produces 430 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, helping push the supercar from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top track speed of 188 mph.

9. Jaguar 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 (F-Type R)

With a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 under the hood churning 550 hp, the Jaguar F-Type R goes 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds and sounds wonderful while doing so. Just take a listen of the Jaguar F-Type R in our review video below.

8. Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.2-liter V8 (SLS AMG)

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG might be yesterday’s news now that the AMG GT has debuted, but there’s no replacing the great-sounding V8 from the SLS AMG. The 6.2-liter V8 makes 583 hp for the Final Edition model, along with 479 lb-ft of torque.

7. Ford Shelby 5.2-liter V8 (GT350, GT350R)

Not a whole lot of people have heard the new Ford Shelby GT350’s 5.2-liter flat-plane V8 in person, but believe us, it sounds amazing. Producing 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, the new Shelby GT350 is going to be one menacing Mustang with its naturally aspirated V8.

6. Chevrolet 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 (Corvette Z06)

No best-sounding V8 engines list is complete without an entry from the iconic Chevrolet Corvette. The latest-generation’s Z06 sports a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that doesn’t disappoint in the performance department with 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. It also helps ensure the Corvette Z06 sounds as good as it looks.

5. Aston Martin 4.7-liter V8 (V8 Vantage)

Some would say there’s nothing better sounding than a British V8 engine. Do you agree? The Aston Martin 4.7-liter V8 found in the latest V8 Vantage model provides 420 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque, making the luxury coupe go 0-60 in 4.7 seconds.

4. Dodge 6.2-liter HEMI V8 (Hellcat)

Most everyone has gone a little crazy over the new Dodge Hellcat engine found in the Challenger and Charger models. It’s also believed to be heading to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk next. The 6.2-liter HEMI V8 makes 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque and it sounds downright mean.

3. Porsche 4.6-liter V8 Hybrid (918 Spyder)

With how many awards and records the Porsche 918 Spyder has already collected, we somehow we think landing on our top 10 best sounding V8 engines won’t be something it’ll celebrate. Regardless, the plug-in hybrid powertrain generates 887 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque with a mid-mounted 4.6-liter V8 and a pair of electric motors.

2. McLaren 3.8-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Hybrid (P1)

Another electrified exotic on the list, the McLaren P1 combines the British automaker’s signature 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor to make a total system output of 903 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. That means a 0-62 time of under three seconds and a top speed of 217 mph.

1. Ferrari 3.9-liter Twin-Turbo V8 (488 GTB)

Earlier this year, Ferrari updated its 458 Italia with the 488 GTB, adding turbocharged power to its 3.9-liter V8 engine. Now with 661 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque, the Ferrari 488 GTB is one of the best-sounding cars on the road and its got the performance to back up the stunningly good looks.

  • craigcole

    Don’t mind me. I’m just going to put this here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udYW6bOG3LY

  • Y el cheyenne ‘apa?

  • Mike Schlee

    Claaaaaaasic Craig

  • ChiCarGuy

    Thanks for nothing, Jason. Now my evening plans are shot as I’ll be watching all of these vids in their entirety…

  • sportscaradventures

    Nothing beats the sound of a carbureted V8, especially when doing burnouts! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INwd2JepiN8 #sportscarperformance #sportscaradventures

  • LabRat0116

    The best sounding exhaust IMHO is on a 95 BMW 740i with Vibrant resonators only. It sounds like a NASCAR race car at WOT.

    Absolutely orgasmic sounding ! LMAO !

    Early Cadillacs with the older NorthStar engine with more open exhaust sound surprisingly similar!

  • phil box

    sorry can’t buy these choices. i like the following engines at idle for great sounds 427/435 hp corvette, 327/365hp corvette, any hemi, 289 hipo ford. of course these normally asperiated engines are before the brain dead era so go figure………………………….

  • Allan K

    312 Ford Y-block with factory Paxton supercharger

  • jim Zoerb

    I really enjoy the sucking sound of my 800 cfm Rochester feeding the 507 cubic inch Cadillac off the line full throttle in the little 78 Seville.

  • Michael McCathrin

    You forgot the 918 Spyder

  • Lance Larsen

    Phil -I agree with you on the engines you cited, my 2009 ‘Vette sounded really good. currently in 2015 Challenger 6.4 L – sounds awesome – no mention in the survey. Tainted reporting!

  • l1qu1d

    Are you blind?

  • Michael McCathrin

    Apparently, but at least I’m not anal about it.

  • Behzad

    Have you ever heard a Maserati Before ???

    then you should throw your list in the toilet or shut down your blog !

    Maserati V8 single handedey throws these cars into the next week in terms of Engine sound

    and i honestly have no idea how you place Mclaren in the 2nd place , it doesn’t even sound like a True V8 , because it’s Even firing , so is Porsche 918, and the Ferrari 488 is worse than the old one , 458 was a lot better.

    and in general no even firing V8s are a match for the odd firing growling ones like the Maserati , Mercedes , Corvette etc….

  • William S.

    What? No Maserati in your list!? I mean I hope that article was not intended to be serious!? Maserati is even better than Aston Martin at V8 sounds!… There is only one true V8 sound and that comes from a Maserati. End of story. The world you live seems so sad and limited.