Was out in town there and somebody just put their foot down in a Ferrari 430 (I think) - what a disapointment - just sounded a bit loud like a Vauxhall Corsa with a silly exhaust...!?
Not what I expected...
It must have been broken. The 430 is one of the best sounding cars on the road. Not remotely even close to a Vauxhall Corsa with a silly exhaust.
You know, I do believe that is a 'pec'...
A Ferrari V8 sounds a bit like a four pot until it reaches about 4000rpm and then it comes alive. Maybe the driver was making sure that he didn't redline it and was being overly cautious. Still, I prefer the bellow of a huge muscle car's V8 rather than the delicate tune of a typically Italian V8. I like both though!
Well, yes, maybe - it was in traffic and didn't sound like it was pushed 10,000rpm or anything, but it didn't sound that good - like you say - muscle car V8 sounds much better... wonder why they sound so different...
I think they sound different because one's a flat plane and one's a crank plane or something like that. I agree that a brutal AMG V8 is much more satisfying though.
Maybe it was one of those MR2 based replicas?
This forum is dead, don't bother...
depends what you want from your exhaust note, really.
Like many petrol heads I love the sound of a crossplane V8, which because of the irregular firing order has an irregular and unique thrum - yet at the same time it offers a beautifully smooth power delivery.
The flatplane used in the Ferrari essentially gives the sound of two inline fours, making it more of a howl; it's also a noise your average cat might make if run over by one. I don't like it at all.
I do find that the further back you go in time (Iso Grifo, Facel Vega, any Chrysler powered Bristol, etc.) the better the syncopated exhaust beat sounds, but modern crossplanes like you'll find in any big Jaguar or Mercedes or Audi should also tickle your ears.
This makes the Corsa comparison all the more understandable.
Well all I can say is, I never took a single passenger in the 430 who wasn't left completely slack jawed by the sound when I floored it, sceptics included.
I remember when the 360 was new and I saw one being given the beans, it was loud but not pleasant.
it was loud but not pleasant.
Reminds me of the woman who's just moved in across the road from my parents' house.