Muffle this, pal

The conventional wisdom about Nissan’s VQ engine is that the greater the displacement, the less appealing the sound of it: a Car and Driver scribe once asserted that the 3.7-liter version buzzes “like a blender set to ‘frappé’.” (The 3.0 version bolted into my car doesn’t sound bad at all.) Still, even if they stroked and bored it into the 4-plus range, it’s hard to imagine it making noises like this:

And then there’s the latest Merc’ Hammer. Yes it now has enough torque to strangle a humpback-whale, but at what cost? Even at idle, the old 6.2L engine burbles like the borborygmi of Cthulhu, and when prodded with a violent downshift barks like a stabbed Allosaur.

Try that with your fart-canned Civic.


  1. Nicole »

    1 April 2012 · 5:49 pm

    Excellent description. I had to look up “borborygmi.”

  2. Jeffro »

    1 April 2012 · 5:53 pm

    Flight of the Bumblebee vs Ride of the Valkyries?

  3. unimpressed »

    2 April 2012 · 12:43 am

    I didn’t have to look it up because George Carlin defined it on an album many years ago.

  4. Baby M »

    2 April 2012 · 9:46 am

    Hyundai uses “an enthusiastic sewing machine” to power the Accent.

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