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View Poll Results: Which of the Three V8's Sounds the Best?
6.2 L LS3 31 75.61%
6.1 L Hemispherical 6 14.63%
5.4 L Supercharged 4 9.76%
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:06 PM   #1
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Which of the Three V8's Sounds the Best?

Which of the Three V8's Sounds the Best

The LS3, the 6.1 HEMI, or the supercharged 5.4

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Old 08-07-2008, 02:13 PM   #2
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The videos aren't really fair. The LS3 that you have there you are hearing from 20 feet away and the second link you have there isn't the LS3 6.2 it is the 7.0 liter Z06.

And it is all muffler driven too. The LS3 sounds really REALLY mean once you let it breathe
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:18 PM   #3
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I actually liked all 3 reasonably the same, but in all fairness the ls3 was cammed or turbo'd, the mustang was supercharged, and you pretty much left us with the mellow stock sound for your mopars...so I don't think it was fair for you lol.
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:21 PM   #4
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I voted for the 'stang v8.

Really though, Mustang v8's have ALWAYS had a VERY distinct sound, and I just happen to love it.

That doesn't mean I would take it over an LS3, but I do love the sound.
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:28 PM   #5
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ok i want a ls3 and the 5.5 with magnaflows heck i want all of them on same dyno and camera same place so i like the 6.1 with a sweet exhaust
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:41 PM   #6
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honestly I thought the hemi sounded the best. it had a deeper throatier exhaust than the ls3 and the 5.4 had way too much supercharger whine.
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:42 PM   #7
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I voted for the 'stang v8.

Really though, Mustang v8's have ALWAYS had a VERY distinct sound, and I just happen to love it.

That doesn't mean I would take it over an LS3, but I do love the sound.
yeah very distinctive...they sound like a bunch of ball bearings rattleing around in a tin can....
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:59 PM   #8
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Find a couple of each one, bone stock then lets retake this little quiz. And make sure that its an LS3 not an LS7. Or throw it in and add the 4.6 from the Mustang GT and the 5.7l Hemi.

Of what I heard, the first one seemed to capture the sound of the car the best.
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:53 PM   #9
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Find the video of the Camaro concept revving. I liked the LS2 sound over the mopar. The mustang's exhaust sounds very nice too though.

Of the videos, I liked the sound of unrefined power that the lingenfelter z06 had.
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:37 PM   #10
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honestly I thought the hemi sounded the best. it had a deeper throatier exhaust than the ls3 and the 5.4 had way too much supercharger whine.
Yeah, the 5.4 didn't exactly get good videos, but if you find one that actually captures the exhaust itself rather than the s/c whine, its REALLY nice.

The hemi probably sounded good because it had magnaflows on it

Look a vid up of an ls3 vette with exhaust mods, and compare it to that video, then we will see what sounds nicer.
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:26 PM   #11
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I don't think these were good examples. I could barely hear the mustangs exhaust because of the S/C whine, and the corvette with the ls3's exhaust was facing away from the camera. What about the eshaust note on the interior lighting video for the Camaro? Was that the real exhaust note?
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Listening to a recording on the web is useless, not until you hear the real thing can you form a true opinion....Even if each was recorded with the same equipment and everyone listens to them with the same sound setup on their computers then they still all sound different to each person than the real car will...
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:31 PM   #13
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i voted hemi...the only one sounding like its in a mucle car. the mustang's good too but the corvette wants to sound european too much.
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:01 AM   #14
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knowing how each of those engines sounds without even listening to or watching a video, I can honestly say that I love the LS3 the best.

the 5.4L and 4.6L engines just have an odd rumble to them that most think of as muscular but I think of as unhealthy... it just doesn't sound right to me... there's something about it that just seems... wrong.

the 6.1L HEMI engines sounds super mean... I love their sound sooooo much more than I did the LS1/6 generation engines... maybe even a bit more than I loved the LS2s...

but the LS3 Vettes just sound mean... they're deep, throaty, have a killer WOT snarl and just make me go "damn!" when they roll by... or roar by, as the case may be if you're sitting still at the trach watching one... GM does ALOT of testing to make sure that their engines have the right sound... and that really shows, IMO... if you've ever had a C6 pass you by at 100+mph in 4th gear, you'll know what I'm talking about.
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Here how about a 4.6 mustang

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Old 08-11-2008, 01:14 PM   #16
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I have always though Ford does the best with the distinct sounds of the Mustangs throughout the years.

They sound like they are hauling ass until you are actually in them....then it's just a cute car that makes a lot of noise.

But in the spirit of this poll, the Mustang does win IMO.
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nothing beats the OLD Gen 1 Small block Chevy for sound...
Anyway everyone knows sound dosen't win races!!!!!
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the mustangs stock are very quiet my friend has a shelby gt and you can barely hear it and from the inside you cant even hear it at all really he just put a flowmaster exhaust on it and the difference you cant even really notice.
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nothing beats the OLD Gen 1 Small block Chevy for sound...
Anyway everyone knows sound dosen't win races!!!!!
I respectfully disagree.

The old Pontiac V8s were the prettiest sounding.

Something about the intake arrangement or something they just had the most quintessential V8 sound.

RB Chrysler Hemis are pretty close. The Mouse is right there behind the RB.

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my friend has a 4.6, and i was suprised at how much i liked it.

now another buddy of mine has an 05' GTO w/ a Magnaflow on it.

that thing purrrrrrrrrrrs.
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I respectfully disagree.

The old Pontiac V8s were the prettiest sounding.

Something about the intake arrangement or something they just had the most quintessential V8 sound.

RB Chrysler Hemis are pretty close. The Mouse is right there behind the RB.
Who cares how"pretty" they sound... cars are not supposed to sound "pretty"
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I thought the hemi sounded the best. It had a deeper throatier exhaust than the LS3 and the 5.4L had way too much supercharger whine.
Motor Trend agreed with you. They compared the SRT8 and GT500 for their July 2008 issue. They preferred the SRT8 even though the GT500 beat it in every performance category except braking, 'cause the GT500 didn't have an independent rear suspension and they didn't like the motor's whine.
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here heres a real ls3
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