Will the sound of acceleration become a memory?
I’ve been thinking about some of the fastest cars in the land. Cars with V8s, V10s, V12s, turbochargers, superchargers, even Porsche’s famous H6 Turbo.
I’ve been fantasizing about cars with these engines that will launch to 60 miles per hour in under 5 seconds… sometimes even under 4 seconds. The force of insanely fast acceleration; the satisfying roar of the engine as it unleashes its power at the whim of my right foot. Just starting one of these engines produces a guttural rumble that resonates inside and fills one’s mind with emotion and the potential for speed.
Cars like the 2007 Aston Martin DB9, hitting 60 in 4.7 seconds. Or the 2009 Audi R8, screaming to 60 in 3.9. The new Caddy CTS-V is said to reach 60 in 4 seconds flat. The 2007 Corvette Z06 throttles nearly all of ‘em in just 3.7 seconds.
Imagine yourself in the driver’s seat of any of these, the engine opened up at full throttle, the engine’s growl reverberating in your chest. There’s nothing like it, right?
Now what if you could go just as fast, but get there silently?
Some upcoming electric vehicles claim to reach 60 in supercar-like times. They can accelerate so quickly because the full torque of an electric engine is available throughout the entire RPM range.
I’m not sure that fast acceleration would be as enthralling without the throaty soundtrack of a V10, though. It reminds me of when digital cameras were first introduced, and a fake shutter sound was programmed in to ease the transition.
The sound of silence just didn’t fit the experience, and I don’t think it applies to driving, either.
Do you think engine noise is an important, enjoyable part of the driving experience, or would you prefer silence?