At idle I think the WRX sounds like a quiet VW bug, or a lawn mower with a large muffler. At higher rpm's it still sounds like a smaller displacement to me. My 71 Nova that had a 350 with a twin turbo exhaust sounded nothing like a WRX. Older v8's just rumble. Floor it at a light and shake the car next to you....A neat sounding car is a Taurus SHO at 7k rpm, it sounded like an exotic. The WRX really doesn't sound too special when stock even with the silencer removed. The turbo spool sound is cool though. I wish Subaru would have created more of a rumble or better exhaust note for the WRX. Even Mustang GT's and Contour SVT's have a nice exhaust note stock along with many other cars.