The sound of your car’s engine could be fake
The fact that electric and hybrid cars often have fake engine noises to help avoid collisions with pedestrians and cyclists is well known, but did you know that more mainstream cars augment and even replace their engine noise? According to the Washington Post, auto makers including Ford, Volkswagon and BMW are adding the sounds of more muscular engines because they fear new car buyers will shy away from today’s more efficient engines that produce far less noise.
This trickery has gone on in an iconic American muscle car, the Ford Mustang! Some manufacturers, including Porsche, don’t outright replace the engine noise, but they do route the engine noise into the cabin for an enhanced sound. Some people aren’t too happy about it, thinking that the chicanery is all about fooling the consumer.