Exhaust Battle: C7 Corvette Z06 Versus Jaguar F-Type SVR

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In a Battle of the Baddest Supercharged V8s, Corvette Wins!

There is just something about an exhaust note that keeps car guys wanting more. We’re always looking for louder and throatier and deeper and more raw. Even on cars that come from the factory with booming exhaust systems, enthusiasts will install something from the aftermarket to make it ostensibly better. In the case of these two big-engine bruisers — the C7 Corvette Z06 and the Jaguar F-Type SVR — I’m not sure that anything could make them sound better than they already do. But of the two, which sounds better?

The Jag SVR has been lauded as “The Best V8 Exhaust Note Money Can Buy,” but I beg to differ. Admittedly, in this simple side-by-side idle and throttle blip test, the Jaguar doesn’t exactly shine like it does out on the open road. In this instance, the car is too poppy and crackly, distracting from the glorious note of the V8 proper. In the short trio of throttle blips exhibited below, the SVR sounds a little bit like it’s broken.

On the other hand, the Corvette Z06 makes the best of its four giant, center-mounted tail pipe exits.¬†For the purposes of this experiment, I’m going to have to declare the Corvette the victor. When I listen to a concerto, I don’t want to hear pops and crackles, I want to hear a warm and inviting baritone. The Z06 is shouting, to be sure, but it’s enunciating as it cusses like a sailor.

Of course, in an ideal world, I’d be given the opportunity to hear both of these cars run up and down their rev range as I give them a full workout on a track like Big Willow at Willow Springs. Check out the video for yourself, then let us know how you feel the SVR compares to our favorite Supercharged ‘Vette.

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Via [MotorSport Magazine]

Bradley Brownell is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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