Well, well, BMW technology has become much more refined in the past 10
years! I bought one of the first Z4's, and they "piped" in the engine
sound to the passenger compartment using acoustic tubes. There were foam
filters in the tubes, and some of the early buyers, at least, "modified"
their cars by removing the foam! The ultimate driving machine!
To play "devils advocate" in defense of BMW, maybe this kind of
technique allows them to "tune" the drivers experience without sharing
it with the whole neighborhood? Like the guy with the boombox in the
trunk shares his taste in music with the rest of us? That hearing the
engine sound is more refined than hearing the exhaust?
Frankly, I liked the sound of my Tiger best when it had an exhaust
leak. It hurt me to fix that leak......
On 2/9/2012 11:06 AM, CoolVT@aol.com wrote:
> A Florida newspaper is quoting Automobile Magazine that the 2013 BMW M5 has
> a "recorded' exhaust sound. BMW claims buyers expect to buy a quiet car
> when they spend $100K , but they also want to hear the sound of the twin
> turbo V8. The solution....BMW has the car "lip-synch"....that is, when you
> hit the throttle in this car you get the recorded rumble of a hot V8 through
> the radio speakers. And I thought BMW buyers were "car guys", "purist".
> I guess the sound is great to impress the women in the car. Just make
> sure she's inside. You can speculate that the Asian manufacturers will steal
> this idea and you will see it appear in their hot cars. Can't you see it
> now, stick in a 4 cylinder and get the roar of a V8......or a V10 if you are
> willing to pay for that option. LOL