"Fake engine noise has become one of the auto industry's dirty little secrets."

Modern cars play engine noises through audio speakers

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Sun, Jan 25th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Although quieter engines are a sign of just "how far engines and gas economy have progressed," automakers have discovered that customers want all the pros of a modern engine, but still sounding like an old muscle car. In order to achieve this, automakers have resorted to more satisfying engine noises playing through the car's speakers. Not everyone is impressed.

Among purists, the trickery has inspired an identity crisis and cut to the heart of American auto legend. The “aural experience” of a car, they argue, is an intangible that’s just as priceless as what’s revving under the hood.

“For a car guy, it’s literally music to hear that thing rumble,” said Mike Rhynard, 41, a past president and 33-year member of the Denver Mustang Club. He has swayed between love and hate of the snarl-boosting sound tube in his 2012 Mustang GT, but when it comes to computerized noise, he’s unequivocal: “It’s a mind-trick. It’s something it’s not. And no one wants to be deceived.”

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