Which Is Better: BMW M5’s Fake or Real Engine Sound?
Video lets you compare BMW's Active Sound Design system turned on and off.
To most car enthusiasts, the signature sound of a finely tuned engine is music to the ears. To the hard core, even turning on the stereo while winding it out on a great stretch of road is considered heresy, when the only option is to hear the sweet song of a high-performance powerplant.
So if you're sitting in the M5 at speed, you hear the engine sound coming from outside -- though not much, as the interior is remarkably quiet -- as well as on the inside, via a soundtrack of what the engine should sound like based on throttle input, speed and engine revs, played subtly through the speakers. It also lets owners modulate the sound level inside based on their driving behavior -- and tolerance for in-cabin noise -- since the audio-augmented engine sound system gets louder and more intense in different driving modes.
Would it be better to just let the car speak for itself? Thanks to the folks over at Bimmerpost, you can be the judge.
A member of the BMW fan forum posted a video of a 2012 M5 supposedly doing the same run with the Active Sound Design on and then with the system disabled after pulling a fuse.
Roll the clip and let your ears decide which sounds best.
I must have really bad speakers becase I couldn't tell much (if any) difference.
Include me on the side that thinks it it ridiculous to "enhance" an actual internal combustion driven performance cars sound w/ audio. I could see the argument on a pure electric such as the Audi eTron. But not on the real deal. Let the machinery do all the talking.
Really??? You can sooooooo tell a difference!!!!
The real vs. synthetic sound is night and day...mostly on the synthetic sound it's more of a longer and streched out acceleration where as the real sound gives actual shift points where you actually hear the gears shift.
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