What's your favourite sounding engine?
The favourite has to be the BRM V16, but my old Citroen C5 3 litre V6 with it's corroded rear silencer at 6000 revs comes close!
Great posts, Pamona you lucky.. and so, V6 Citreon great one too., poor mand BRM sound.
Did you mean the early 90s as Honda were doing magic things with 4 5 and 6 pots in the 60s. I had/ have some strokers, mainly rice burners, the usual Yam Suzuki fare, but I found neither make dependable, as well as a KH 250,that got nicked, then a 400 triple Kawasakis. I had a Honda V4 400 with Micron pipes, that sounded wonderous around its 13500 red line in each of its six gears-and a recently sold Sachs VTwin with stub exhausts was a head turner along the estuary front, that runs down a favourite fab biker road to Harwich-good when the forum blues and life's strife get incide your head.However despite getting a replacement Virago carb and it still having fits of temparament, sold it as a spares or repairs, to keep fees low on fleabay. I still have an Mz 301 stroker trail bike-the racers covet the long frame on those, a three quarters complete CZ, the guy never brought the rest of the parts as promised to follow, oh well. Then there is my favourite, a 1992 Aprilia Red Rose Custom, with Rotax unrestricted 125 water cooled 2 stroke and six speed box.
Greyhound buses with their V8 V12 V16 and even reputedly one V24 Diesel detroit engine.
even the Commer dustcarts with their flat six Cummings supercharged Diesels and the Black cat buses we went on summer camp to Thetford forest had I think the same 2 stroke diesels,sounded Lovely.
I don't like the car, but I have to respect the roar of the Dodge Viper. I had the opportunity to hear it at it's best as a pace car at the Indy 500. The Italian cars are great but for a sound that turns heads when it goes by, The Viper has the teeth to match the roar.
My fave is the revvy raspy Alfa flat four through twin webers.
I'm with the Merlin guys on this one. I used to live a few miles from Bletchley Park, and whenever they had their open day and the Battle Of Britain Memorial flight came over I could hear that distinct rumble of six of the buggers - count 'em; a Lancaster, a Spifire and a Hurricane - well before they came into view on a low pass, giving me time to rush out in the street for a look.
A lumpy V8 with dual pipes, not those namby-pamby exhausts that have the balance pipe across the two sides. Flat out. And the ld Cosworth DFV since 1967 and later in Formula 3000 when booted.
That is a tough one. I love the little 1300 Alfa 101 or 105 at 7000 rpm +, and my Milano verde three litre v-6 at full chat, as well as the XK in line six. The 62, 250 Ferrari GTE, I drove years ago is at the top of my list however. The 250 V-12 was arguably the best classic engine ever. All engines should sound that good and be that flexible. I still have a goofy smile on my face thinking about it.
Surprisingly, my all time favorite engine sound is not an automobile engine at all. The sound of a 5 or 7 cylinder radial engine, in an antique aircraft flying overhead, still brings tears to my eyes. I can't explain it, it's just the way it is.
Ford flathead V8 on open headers