Do you get that hair tingling feeling from the orgasmic sound of a great big V8? Some of the best sounding V8 engines are enough to make me turn a frown upside down. But V8’s and other big engines are getting cut for smaller economic turbo engines.
Let’s give some appreciation to what a real engine should sound like and go through the list of our top 5 sounding V8 engines. There are hundreds more but these are some of our favourites. Because nothing beats the roar of a V8. You can stick your 1 liter. These are real engines.
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5. BMW S65 4.0 V8
Kicking off the list is one of the best sounding BMW engines ever made. The S65 engine was used in the e92 M3 And was the only M3 to have a naturally aspirated V8, as its was later taken over by turbocharged straight six.
The e92 M3 that was equipped with this fine piece of engineering was produced between 2007 – 2013 and would produce 414bhp and 400nm, pulling the 1580kg beast up to 60 in 4.6 seconds.
Although this version of the M3 was an N/A, it is probably one of the most popular m3’s in modern culture, second to the e30, it will no doubt become a future classic as car enthusiasts all appreciate the pure noise of the V8 stored in the giant front end of the e92 M3.
4. Audi 4.2 V8 FSI
An engine that needs no introduction and was used for a number of years in the VAG culture was the 4.2 V8 FSI. Which was widely used from the Q7 through to the RS Models. The sheer noise and rasp of this engine is something everyone can appreciate.
Although used in a lot of Audi’s models it’s final appearance before being replaced was in the RS5, where it’s rein ended in 2015. It’s final power output in the RS5 saw it up to 444bhp with 430nm of torque and would pull the Quattro monster up to 62mpg in 4.5 seconds.
This V8 has been used in some pretty crazy engine swaps over the years. One of the most notable is the V8 VW transporter, which is just an absolute legend in motor engineering.
3. Dodge 6.2 HEMI V8
This supercharged monster produces a gigantic 707hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the other cars on this list, that is absolutely insane and is described as”kill mode” when activated to its full potential.
Dodge produced this engine to sit nice and snug in the bonnets of their Challenger and Charger, as a downsized version of their 6.4 in order to increase strength in the camshaft.
This beautiful sounding Hellcat sounds incredible especially on full send and deserves a place in this list as one of the sexiest sounding V8 rumbles of all time. Pure definition of American muscle.
2. Chevy 350 5.7 V8
Created in 1967, the Chevy 350 was created for use in the Chevrolet Camaro, which made real use of the beautiful sounding V8. It later went on to power the majority of the Chevrolet Range, from Corvette to Caprice.
This engine, although not the most powerful on the list had an iconic idle and sounds better than most modern cars as proven by taking the number 2 spot on this list.
Although the engine only produced between 145 and above 350 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, it lead the way for performance vehicles back in the day.
On top of the great engine noise and power, it was known for being incredibly reliable and is still being used in some engine swaps for modern cars.
1. Shelby 5.2 V8
The Ford Mustang is a favourite car among thousands of people, with its 5.0 V8, but the Shelby Gt350 is something a little bit different and shouldn’t be compared to the 5.0. Instead, the 5.2 V8 was made with racing in mind, with higher revs and far more horsepower.
Although the engine is bigger in displacement and has more power and rev capability, the 5.2 is astonishingly lighter than it’s little brother. It was literally created with the track in mind.
With a power of 526hp and 429ft lbs of torque, pulling up to 60mph only takes an astounding 4.2 seconds and would definitely take the skin off a rice pudding.
This screaming V8 is our favourite sounding V8 engines, not necessarily the fastest, biggest or loudest, just the pure noise factor and how it sounds is why it is our favourite.
What’s Your Favourite V8?
Although the V8 is starting to feel a little bit phased out for more economical engines such as a turbo straight six or a 2.3 turbo 4 banger, it’s still a part of the car society and we believe it will never die as long as people love cars.
But what is your favourite V8? Did we even list it? If not, it’s not a problem, drop us a comment below and we will give our opinion the best we can.
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