If you watched 2011's The Dilemma and thought there's no way automakers would actually pipe artificial engine notes into their cars, think again. Several companies have been developing exhaust-note simulation systems, particularly for electric cars – be it for the sake of enjoyment or safety. But EVs aren't the only cars that will benefit from engine notes reproduced through speaker systems: so will some high-end performance machinery.

When BMW switched its M5 performance sedan from a V10 to a twin-turbo V8, it lost some of the exhaust note for which the model had become known, so it devised a system to pipe engine sounds into the cabin for the benefit of those inside. Now Maserati may be following a similar path.

A new report from What Car? indicates that Maserati is working on ways to simulate exhaust notes on its forthcoming models. Now if you're thinking that Maserati's engines – particularly the V8 developed and built for it by sister-company Ferrari – don't need any help in that department, well, you're right. But soon the Trident marque will be offering diesel engines as well.

The oil-burners are being developed for two new models of the current Quattroporte (pictured above) – one bigger than the current model and one smaller – and probably for the production version of the upcoming Kubang SUV (which will arrive wearing a different name). While the high-revving eight-cylinder gasoline versions may not require any aural stimulation, the diesel versions just might, and Maserati's boffins may just have the answer.


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      Carac
      • 2 Years Ago
      No. Just No. This is the automotive equivalent of painting a six-pack on your featureless stomach. Either workout and get a real six pack (engineer a pleasant sounding engine and exhaust system) or cover it with a t-shirt (muffle it).
      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let me go out on a limb and say: THIS IS A TERRIBLE FAD. This is like sticking a soda can in your bicycle tire or tacking a baseball card to your bike's wheels.
      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please stop this nonsense. Start engineering an engine to sound good.
      RS
      • 2 Years Ago
      As manufacturers reduce displacement and add a turbo for increased fuel efficiency the result is a muffled exhaust note. A fake sound coming through the speakers is a cheap solution to the issue, but I'm surprised to see this on a Lambo since it is known as an enthusiast's brand. VW uses this on the new Golf R and people are calling it a 'Soundactor' (or something like that). I'll keep my NA VR6 , thank you very much.
        RS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RS
        Oops, meant to type 'Maserati', not 'Lambo'.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RS
        That might just be an intake pipe, not a simulator.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RS
        VW uses this on the new Golf R and people are calling it a 'Soundactor' (or something like that). I'll keep my NA VR6 , thank you very much. ---- Is this true? If so, it's only one step away from getting sticker bombed and hellaflushed with off-camber wheels.
      Arwokid
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is like a blow up doll............. the real thing is better.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Arwokid
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      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      To me, this is about the equivalent of a flat chested woman stuffing her bra, or a man walking around with a pair of rolled up gym socks in his pants. It just seems wrong on so many levels, and a little pretentious as well. Part of what makes an exhaust note special is the engineering behind it, not some simulated sound that has very little to do with what's going on under the hood.
      BrandonF_XXX
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only problem i had with this, is that for the same money they could have been making the exhaust actually sound better.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rmmmm bmmmm bmmm bmmm.... vrrrrrRRRRRRRRRRRRRMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMRRRRRRRRRRRMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dear car manufacturers jumping on this short yellow bus, I just simulated your engine noise from the comfort of my computer chair. For a fee, I'll even record it so you can play it back through your car's stereo system in order to, ah, aurally stimulate your customers. You can even copy pasta my awesome text rendition of your engine sound from above at no additional charge so that your cars' radio displays will scroll the letters across as the engine is revving. Don't want your hearing-disabled customers to miss out on the fun after all. You're welcome.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      STOP. This is stupid.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      So manufactures have been attempting to sound-proof their vehicles for some years. I guess they have succeeded, and now have to simulate the engine sound through the stereo. This is just stupid.
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      that M5 sounds like a turbo I4 istead of a V8 the (E39) M5 is the best sounding out of every M5
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do cars have to be video gamed? All of this crap they slam into them these days (just weighs them down) and now this... Fake exhaust. Is this progress?
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