How Do You Listen To The Best Exhaust Notes Of The Auto World?Insights
Supercars: a thing of unadulterated passion and relentless excitement. Who can deny the fact? From Italian thoroughbreds to German skunkworks and American muscle, these beats were made for one purpose: drama!
And what would the drama be without the noise? Yes, bursting off the line to 100km/h or more in under four seconds is heart-stopping, but you can’t always live out that dream on your everyday roads, can you? Not legally, or safely, at least.
What you can do, is make a lot of noise. And boy, aren’t these dreams machines responsible for just that.
Collected here are some of our favourite exhaust notes from the world’s greatest supercars, listed in no particular order. So turn up your speakers, and enjoy the noise.
2015 Mercedes-AMG GT S
The Mercedes-AMG skunk works has never been short of serving up some of the industry’s best soundtracks – especially where V8s are involved. So we’ve just picked their latest and greatest for this list: enter the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT.
With two possible variants to choose from (GT, GT S), what you see here is the more powerful ‘S’ version. But unlike the normally-aspirated 6.2-litre V8 employed in the brand’s previous list of mental developments, the GT and its GT S are equipped with an all-new 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8, which make a massive 503hp and 650Nm of torque at best (GT S).
Audibly, we’ll let you decide what that does.
2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
Well, what did you expect of the flagship Lamborghini? Dubbed the “Relentless Force,” this ‘hypercar’ puts out a massive 700 horses and 690Nm of torque to all four wheels, and does it without any turbocharging – just raw, abundant power.
The Raging Bull takes no longer than 2.9 seconds to hit 100km/h, where you’d do well to hang on to something until its top speed of 317km/h. And while all that goes on, you can only imagine the soundtrack of a full-blown Lamborghini V12 powerhouse.
2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S
The second 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 in this list already, you wouldn’t imagine something as elegant as a Bentley to make it to this list, would you? The Continental GT V8 S has one optional extra, called the Sports Exhaust, which if you don’t mind waking the neighbours, you need to have.
It’s a phenomenal experience, the sit behind the wheel of a bellowing V8 with Bentley’s Sports Exhaust package strapped on. We’ve personally had the chance to drive this last year, and it has to go down as one of this writer’s most memorable experiences in 2014. Especially when you remember that this decadent, luxury-intensive sports car weight two-tonnes, and still manages to hit 100km/h in 4.5 seconds.
2014 Porsche 911 GT3 (991)
We wouldn’t dare leave a boxer engine out of this list, so here’s one, in the form of Porsche’s 991 GT3. Maintaining its normally-aspirated nature, the new 991 GT3 packs an equally new 3.8-litre DFI flat-six engine that pushes out 475hp, purely to its rear wheels.
Red-lining at 9,000rpm courtesy of its uniquely developed Porsche PDK dual-clutch transmission, the latest GT3 managed a Nurburgring lap time of 7:25s – a second behind the GT2 RS, and beats the previous GT3’s 7:33s.
2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale
Only just displaced as the flagship sports car of the brand by its replacement, the 488 GTB, the 458 Speciale was nothing short of a spectacular. Equipped with the company’s most powerful tune of a normally-aspirated V8, the Speciale made a massive 597hp and 540Nm of torque, even scarier when you recall that the car weighs just 1,395kg at the kerb.
Sitting inside, or witnessing from the out, the soundtrack of the 458 Speciale is an art nailed by Ferrari on this track monster.
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