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2014 Cadillac CTS Pumps Totally Not Fake Engine Noise Through Speakers

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BMW got a lot of flack recently for pumping artificial engine noise through the speakers of some M cars. Cadillac says they're doing the same thing with the 2014 CTS, just that they'll be doing it with real noises. Which is better, somehow.

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The 2014 CTS will have microphones in the cabin to pick up engine noise. Depending on what drive mode the car is in, the engine will sound different. I'll let GM break it down for us:

Tour mode purrs with refinement. Sport mode growls with power. Track mode, only available on the CTS Vsport equipped with Cadillac’s first Twin-Turbo engine, roars even more aggressively.

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Each drive mode will kind of act as an engineering equalizer, accentuating certain engine notes through the stereo to make it louder. GM wants to stress that this isn't fake engine noise, but rather real engine noise that is being amplified for the driving enjoyment of everyone contained within.

So the system isn't the same as BMW's, but the intent is similar. Instead of just making an active exhaust or simply making the car louder, we've had to go to a complicated solution just to make a car sound like it has a soul.

Instead, why don't we just make the car have a soul instead of having technology replicate one? Once again, technology aiming to make us closer to a car is actually driving us further apart. Take a layer away next time instead of adding one.

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Bullitt417
Bullitt417

Instead, why don't we just make the car have a soul instead of having technology replicate one? Once again, technology aiming to make us closer to a car is actually driving us further apart. Take a layer away next time instead of adding one.

Its not a matter of making the car have a soul. Instead its the fact that we all want 3 layer acoustic glass and dynamat out the ass to make everything nice and quiet so we can have a conversation while whispering. Eliminating the engine sounds are simply a byproduct of eliminating the wind and road noise (for the same reasons all our windows buffer the air and make that stupid sound at highway speed when they are open - though that might be for efficiency and not sound). What I don't understand is why they don't take a simpler route.

Ford had the same issue with making the Mustang too quiet on the last redesign. Their answer was a sound tube that pipes some engine/intake noise into the cabin. Taking out some of the sound deadening inside the tube can make it louder in the cabin. Seems cheaper and easier to me.