The 22 Best-Sounding V-12 Engines on Earth

Nothing beats a good V-12. These cars prove it.

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Other engines may come close, but the V-12 will always be one step above—especially when it comes to sound. Here are some of the best-sounding V-12s on earth.

Apollo IE

The new Intensa Emozione uses a modified version of the V-12 from the already spectacular-sounding Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Somehow, the team at Apollo have been able to make it sound even better.

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Ferrari F50

The F50 might not be as loved as its predecessor, the F40. But the F50 has something the F40 doesn't: Twelve cylinders and a soundtrack to die for.

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Lamborghini Countach

Fortunately, the ultimate poster car has the soundtrack to match its exotic looks. The Countach 5000 S you see here is powered by a 4.8-liter V-12, and it makes a glorious noise. Here's a Periscopio version you can own today.

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Ferrari GTC4Lusso

In addition to sounding wonderful, the GTC4Lusso also seats four comfortably thanks to its shooting brake design. It's all-wheel drive, too, meaning ski trips to the alps with your V-12 Ferrari shouldn't be a problem. This one has just 1800 miles on the clock, and you can own it.

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Lamborghini Diablo GT1 Stradale

The GT1 Stradale is the rarest street-legal Diablo out there—just two were built. It's also the most extreme—just look at that bodywork. As you can imagine, it has the V-12 bark to match.

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The Toyota Century's 1GZ

Japan has only ever produced one road-going V-12 car: The Toyota Century. It's incredibly luxurious, and uses several sets of mufflers to quell the beast of an engine under its hood. If you really want to hear what the Century's V-12 sounds like, check it out here, straight-piped, breathing through individual throttle bodies, and swapped into a '79 Toyota Corona.

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Honda RA272

The RA272 was the first Japanese F1 car to win a Grand Prix, wielding a 230-horsepower V-12 that displaced just 1.5 liters. With so many cylinders and so little displacement, it could rev safely to 14,000 RPM.

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Lamborghini Aventador

The Aventador was the first V-12-powered Lamborghini to stray from the automaker's traditional firing order, established with the Miura, and it sounds totally different from any other car in the company's stable. Different, and awesome. This 2013 model can be yours for just over a quarter-million dollars.

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Aston Martin Rapide

If you're looking for a four-door sports car with a naturally aspirated V-12, your options are pretty limited. Luckily, Aston Martin has the Rapide, which is equipped with the company's fantastic 6.0-liter engine. Here's one you can own right now for under $70,000.

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Pagani Zonda

The Zonda was Pagani's first production car, and while it was never officially sold in America, its sound made a lasting impression on car enthusiasts everywhere. The track-only Revolucion model shown here uses a 6.0-liter V-12 sourced from Mercedes-AMG.

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Ferrari 412 T2

When it comes to iconic racing sounds, Ferrari's 1990s V-12 F1 car, the 412 T2, always deserves a mention. The echoing scream from its 3.0-liter V-12 can be heard from miles away.

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Aston Martin Vulcan

Aston Martin built just 24 examples of its track-only Vulcan supercar. Under the massive front clamshell sits a 7.0-liter engine making no less than 800 horsepower.

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McLaren F1

A big part of why the McLaren F1 is considered the greatest road car of all time is its engine. The noise of its BMW-sourced 627-horsepower 6.1-liter engine is to die for.

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Ferrari 275 GTB/4

It's hard not to love a classic Ferrari, especially one that's still used in competition. This 275 is a perfect example of what a classic V-12 should sound like.

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Lamborghini Murcielago

Lamborghini has made some truly great-sounding V-12s over the years, but perhaps none better than the Murcielago's. The high-pitch screech is unmatched, even by the company's modern Aventador. Here's a blue one with a manual transmission you can own right now.

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Jaguar XJR-9

The XJR-9 of the late 1980s raced in IMSA and Group C, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which it won overall in 1988. Hiding beneath that aero-defined bodywork is a massively powerful 7.0-liter V-12.

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Ferrari Enzo

The Enzo was one of the greatest supercars to come out of the 2000s, thanks in part to its addicting 6.0-liter, 650-horsepower soundtrack.

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Aston Martin Vanquish

The current DBS Superleggera sounds pretty great, but it's the old variant from the early 2000s that gets our ears perked up. It looks great, and packs a 6.0-liter V-12 making 460 horsepower. This one is painted in a beautiful shade of blue, and it can be yours.

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BMW 850CSi

BMW's big GT car of the 1990s was given a performance version late in its life, dubbed the 850CSi. Despite its subtle looks, the car's V-12 makes a wonderfully raspy noise.

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Matra MS670

The MS670 was Matra's endurance racer in the mid-1970s, powered by a high-revving 3.0-liter 60-degree V-12 engine mounted behind the driver. It may look a little strange, but that sound is unmistakably great.

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Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari is one of just a handful of manufacturers still building high-strung naturally aspirated V-12s, and the 6.5-liter unit in the 812 Superfast is the company's latest example. It's a masterpiece, as you'd expect. Here's one with just 325 miles on the clock that you can own today.

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Lamborghini Miura

While the Murcielago may be the most outrageous sounding Lamborghini, the Miura is the king of the family. This 1971 S model can be yours for just over $1 million.

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