I remember the first time I saw a YouTube video Daniel Jovanov making car sounds on Australia’s Got Talent. It was the wackiest, weirdest, coolest talent I’d seen on one of those talent shows—until a chicken played America the Beautiful on a keyboard last week. But Daniel still rocks. He is much cooler than I am.
Leave it to the Austrians to definitively explain what six-cylinder engines sound like. Elk. They sound like elk.
If you have a great engine, the best thing is to connect it to a rather free flowing exhaust and let it breathe. These ten cars certainly mix up the air.
When the Veyron came out, everyone piled on the car for not sounding as impressive as the performance figures suggested. Judging by this video of this open-roof, 1,200 horsepower, $2.7 million Vitesse model, they had no clue what they're talking about.
Some cars sound like washing machines. Some cars sound so distinctive, you can know they're coming five blocks away.
It’s easy to judge a car by the specs alone, but Jalopnik readers know how a dull exhaust can dampen the whole experience.
Sound is hugely important for how you like a car. Even if there's massive performance on tap, if a car sounds like a vacuum cleaner, you just aren't going to fall in love with it.
[Insert name of country]'s Got Talent shows are always filled up with way too much boring singing. Why sing songs when you can do pitch-perfect impersonations of drag-racing Mazda rotaries like this guy auditioning for Australia's Got Talent last night.
This is life as lived inches away from the triple exhaust of a Ferrari F40 LM, driven to death at Lime Rock Park. Whatever you’re doing on the internet right now, stop. Just stop. And listen. And watch this.
On a conscious level, the Mercedes–Benz SLS AMG is a cynical marketing ploy designed to milk the memory of Mercedes’s 1950s motorsport achievements. But listen to one at full throttle in a tunnel and all is forgiven. The SLS AMG makes the most viscerally wonderful supercar noise since Ferrari invented Ferraris.
Take a moment to listen to the sonorous beauty that is the E46 BMW M3 owned by "Obioban" from M3Forum. Mmm, I think I just had an auralgasm. [via jyx]
With only 100 examples ever made, the sound of a McLaren F1 is not something many are intimately familiar with. What a shame. What a shame indeed. Please turn up the volume.
This is seven minutes of Lancia Stratos ear candy. Our Ben Wojdyla put it best when he said, "it sounds like a chainsaw." Yes, Ben, yes it does. A sexy, sexy chainsaw. And that's what makes it so freaking amazing.