All about tonal frequency and pitch.
Hondas usually spin at higher RPMs so they're gonna have more exhaust gas velocity then a v8 at low RPM. Unless you have like 3-4" straightpipes listening to your engine pounding away, the hondas high pitched tones will usually carry over your bass tones. Or my personal favorite, open headers (lol). High pitched sounds also typically travel farther.
Yeah I chopped that paragraph all up. You get the point though.