For many, a quiet and sedate drive is a top priority. For those that enjoy driving, however, the noise a car makes is integral to the experience. While many mainstream cars are capable of fantastic performance firgures, most don’t offer that all-important emotive soundtrack.
We’ve put together a list of cars that have a raucous roar that matches their abilities on the road. These cacophonous cars will be music to your ears – if not your neighbours’! Our car configurator will find you the best prices on any of the following cars.
Fiat 500 Abarth
Starting off sensibly, the Fiat 500 Abarth takes all that’s good about the retro Fiat 500 and adds performance enhancements making it even more of a hoot to drive. Priced from around £15,000, the little four-cylinder petrol turbo engine produces a mere 135hp in its most basic form, but that’s more than enough to get the little Fiat to 60mph from rest in under eight seconds.
Thanks to a sports exhaust upgrade, you get a nice throaty burble at all times – just in case you need to remind people you have a little more go under the bonnet than a normal 500. If you opt for the range-topping Biposto, you get track-orientated abilities and even an optional sequential gearbox.
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Unlike previous generations, the Ford Mustang is now available directly from UK dealers in right-hand-drive guise so you can have your own slice of the American dream sat on the driveway. It’s reasonably priced too, although for all-out noise you’ll want the V8 over the 2.3-litre Ecoboost unit.
As you’d expect from a muscle car, it sounds fabulous – there’s nothing that can quite match the burble of an idling 5.0-litre V8 or the lion’s roar it makes as it catapults towards the horizon. It might have the noise, but it’ll be more expensive to run than the more subdued engine choice – you’ll have to pay £505 a year in tax, and it won’t manage much more than 19mpg.
For this all-out muscle car, our Ford Mustang configurator will find you savings from Ford’s best dealers.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
The noise made by the Aston Martin V12 Vantage is certainly a reminder of the vast reserves of power it makes. For those that want something even fruiter than the V8 Vantage, this 6.0-litre V12 will get the Vantage from rest to 60mph in 3.7 seconds and, if required, it’ll reach a staggering 205mph.
If the eye-watering figures aren’t enough to do it, the noise will let you know that you’re in an astonishingly quick car – you’ll get the thunderous soundtrack only a V12 can achieve. The price-tag is equally as staggering as its other figures though – you’ll need £139,000 for the even most basic model.
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A true Italian thoroughbred, at the heart of the Maserati GranTurismo you’ll find a Ferrari-derived V8. The most powerful version is the 4.7-litre unit that produces 442hp. That’s enough go to get the GranTurismo to 60mph from a standstill in 4.6 seconds.
Floor it and you’ll hear the throaty roar of the finely-tuned V8, which the majority of testers agree sounds incredible. Being a GT car, however, means if you want a more sedate experience, you won’t be deafened. Drive it sensibly and it’ll feel like any other high-end cruiser thanks to the sumptuous and refined interior.
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You’ll find that all Jaguar F-Types produce an astonishing engine-note – the V6 units are just as good to drive and would be more practical for day-to-day driving but, for full-on aural assault, the V8 is the only choice.
Pick this engine and you get full-on muscle-car power in one of the most beautiful bodies currently on sale. If you decide to take the V8 up to its limited 186mph top speed, the noise that ensues will be monstrous. For those that want to appreciate the gruff exhaust note to the full, the convertible version is even better than the Coupe.
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Mercedes‘ high performance arm is called AMG. The company has been responsible for crazy-fast Mercedes’ for more than three decades. Any AMG is an exciting proposition but petrolheads know the brand most for producing jaw-dropping exhaust notes.
Many of the brand’s popular models get powerful V8 engines that, despite being turbocharged, still put out an operatic tone – something rival V8s struggle with. If you want to make sure everyone on the high street turns around when you pull out of your drive, an AMG is the only way to go.
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Whether you’re after a raucous racer or a sedate saloon, our car configurator will help you find savings on your new car of choice. For more information on a certain type of car, our reviews section is a useful resource. Alternatively, our car chooser will help you whittle through the 400+ new cars on sale to find the ones that suit you best.