Battle Of The V10s: Porsche Carrera GT vs Lexus LFA

In the world of supercars, no engine sounds quite like a V10. Whether its a 10-cylinder beast produced by Lamborghini or one from Porsche, the sound of a V10 is unmistakable and arguably, two of the greatest ever come from opposite sides of the world.

In one corner is the high-revving naturally-aspirated 4.8-liter V10 of the Lexus LFA. Capable of revving so quickly that it requires a digital tachometer, the LFA’s engine is quite possibly the greatest of any road car from Japan. At high revs, it emits a wail only comparable to a Formula 1 car, before turbochargers killed the sport of course.

Alongside the LFA, the Porsche Carrera GT is fitted with one of the finest V10s in history. Displacing 5.7-liters, it is derived from motorsport and unlike the LFA’s, is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Both sound extraordinary but which is best? Find out in the video after the jump.


  • Six_Tymes


  • RunningLogan

    LFA’s best feature is that sound. Could be the most beautiful engine note if all time. Acoustically tuned by Yamaha no less.

  • TheBelltower

    Well, at least the LFA has a good exhaust note. Evidently that wasn’t enough to get people to buy it.

    • LexusGXman

      Funny how they sold all 500 of them

    • Craig

      They only made 500 and sold everyone of them.

      • TheBelltower

        Barely. A year after production ended, several remained unsold. Toyota was asking way too much for the LFA.

  • smartacus

    i rented a V10 the easy way
    earlier this year,
    i rented a 20 foot Uhaul van.
    oh my did it sound sexy.
    and they got power.
    got it to fishtail turning out from the side street.

  • pcurve

    lfa sounds better from outside. gt sounds better from inside… (at least in this video)

  • eb110americana

    Both are amazing cars that you would not first think of after winning the lottery, or after the qualifier “supercar,” but special in their own ways, and with more personality than your “everyday” Veyron or GT-R. The LFA sounds better to me, but I wonder if that banshee wail might become tiresome if driven everyday. Also, LOL at the Carrera GT reverse light full of water at the 3 min and 6 min marks.

  • Craig

    They’re both fine. But to MY ears… it’s hard to beat something that is considerably less expensive like a 2009 Challenger SRT8 6-speed with Corsa exhaust. [Any modern day SRT8 HEMI will do]

  • San S

    LFA sounds better

  • Vassilis

    The Carrera because it’s a more natural sound. The LFA’s is more exhaust-based.

    • Chatman


      • Vassilis

        The Carrera’s noise is produced more from the engine than the exhaust. That’s why it also sounds so good from inside the car. The LFA’s noise is more due to exhaust harmonics. Which is fine. I just like engine-produced noises better.

        • Shane Andrew Gillespie

          What he’s trying to say is that the LFA uses an exhaust resonator in the front of the car, similar to what Porsche does on the new 718/Cayman. The resonator acts as acoustic amplifier for the engine, thus making it sound louder. The Carrera GT needs none of this trickery, because it has an engine 1000 cc larger with legitimate Formula 1 roots.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов


  • fabri99

    I love the Carrera GT, but I have to admit the LFA sounds glorious.

  • yanamare

    Porsche !

  • kachuks

    Even supercars get water in their tail lamps.

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