The decibel meter doesn't lie, but we're surprised.
Which is louder? A 3.0-liter straight-six engine from Europe that is muffled slightly by a turbocharger or an all-American 6.2-liter V8 with an upgraded exhaust? The Toyota GR Supra is equipped with the former engine choice while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 is fitted with the LS motor. Naturally, one would expect that the V8 would be louder, and when the C8 is question is fitted with the optional performance exhaust system, the odds fall in favor of the Corvette even further. But, while the video below turns all natural logic on its head, the sound of each of these cars seems to contrast with the decibel meter.
We've already seen aftermarket exhaust systems fitted to the C8, but in our opinion, Chevrolet's optional performance exhaust is more than loud enough for our liking, and despite what the above video shows, we're pretty sure that you're much more likely to hear a Stingray coming down the road than a Supra. If it's still not loud enough but you don't want something aftermarket, maybe it's worth waiting for the Z06 with its unique exhaust setup.
For the Supra, we'll have to wait for the M3-powered version before Toyota offers something more extreme. Nevertheless, we think that the tones each of these cars convey from their pipes are in keeping with what their characters suggest.
The difference between these two stock cars is quite notable, with the Supra recording a maximum reading of 108.3 decibels while the Corvette achieved 102.9 decibels. To ensure that both cars are as loud as possible, the Supra was put into Sport mode while the Corvette was in Track. For any potential Corvette buyers worried about drawing unnecessary attention from the police, remember that more civilized modes will be more muted. But if you want to go in the other direction and make your car as loud as possible, maybe you can take inspiration from this F1 V10-powered GR Supra build that we can't wait to see completed.