Throughout its history, Porsche has been known to put out a few good-sounding cars. The unique horizontally-opposed engine layout and motorsports-derived technology used in many road Porsches produce delightful exhaust notes that make any enthusiast’s ears perk up.
Here, Porsche has picked five of its greatest-sounding cars from its jaw-dropping museum of the greatest cars in the company’s history. But weirdly, only two of them are flat-sixes.
First up is the legendary 911 Carrera RS 2.7. It was built in extremely limited numbers for motorsport homologation, and its air-cooled flat-six is something you won’t soon forget.
Next comes the open-top 550 Spyder race car. Equipped with a mid-mounted 110-horsepower flat-four engine and weighing, this early car dominated road rallies around the world, and helped cement Porsche as a real contender in the motorsport arena.
After that is the brand new 911 GT3 RS. Equipped with a 500-horsepower flat-six that revs to 8800 rpm, it might not spin as fast as its normal GT3 sibling, but that 4.0-liter rumble is enough to get your heart racing.
Lastly, we have the 918 Spyder and Carrera GT. Produced as limited edition flagships for the Porsche brand, both are equipped with mid-mounted naturally aspirated engines, with wild looks unlike any other car offered by the brand at the time. The 918 Spyder’s 4.6-liter V8 makes a silken sound, while the Carrera GT has a screaming 5.7-liter V10 that no one will mistake for anything else.
But all of this discussion is worthless compared to the experience of hearing it all for yourself. Go ahead, and make sure to turn up the volume.