Having owned V-8s, and straight 6 (BMW, Jaguar) water cooled engines, the air cooled Porsche engines always reminded me of high powered sewing machines. I could never accept the sound as pleasing.Yes, its the internal mechanicals in our cars (water cooled flat six's) that cause that "whine", gears mostly. However that "whine" is more prominent in the air cooled flat six's (the fan adds another instrument to the symphony) which in my opinion makes pure music... Found most notably in the 65-73's
I agree. If you heard a Porsche coming down the road without look, you know it is a Porsche. It has a unique sound. The Ferraris have a unique sound. But you would know its a Ferrari from blocks away. I think these manufactures have made a concerted effort linking the sounds from the past to their present day cars. Therefore keeping their individual heritage alive in a sense.Gear noises, gearbox and rear differential. The interesting thing is that Porsche has maintained that distinctive sound in the modern Porsches. It had been some years since I had driven a Porsche when I test drove my first Cayman and it sounded so much like the old air-cooled 911s--gear whine, raspy metallic sound and the exhaust note (though not that loud). I think they must engineer the sound in so Porsche owners always feel at home in the new cars. I can't think of another modern sports car that has the kind of gear whine that Porsches do. I really like it.
Quite often it the intake. Weber carbs sucking air on a V12 Ferrari is glorious.(CGT, Ferrari, all other Porsche's) respectively, what is "thee" thing that gives that charactaristic noise? Exhaust?
I used to think the same thing.the air cooled Porsche engines always reminded me of high powered sewing machines. I could never accept the sound as pleasing.
That may have been the straight cut gears in the sequential gearbox.Watching the Rolex 24 Hour, the whine was incredible on some of those 911 GT3RSRs!!!!