New C8 Corvette has artificial engine sounds coming through the speakers.
Last week, we finally got to hear the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sing. As part of Road and Track's "Performance Car of the Year" test, Matt Farah put the new Corvette through its paces at Thunderhill Raceway Park in California, giving us a chance to hear the Corvette's naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 in all its growling glory.
However, Farah's video has uncovered a new revelation: the 2020 Corvette has fake engine sounds coming through the cabin speakers.
A user on Twitter noticed the engine noise didn't sound quite right in the video. "The new Corvette has fake engine noise from the speakers," Farah said in response. "This is not a driving impression, it is a specification fact, so I can say it." Unsurprisingly, this has prompted outrage from enthusiasts. "Fake engine noise is defensible on some electric vehicles for pedestrian safety, but outside of that specific use case it's pretty damn tacky," one user wrote.
Farah added that he disconnected the sound box "for 15 minutes" so it sounds like the system can be switched off, but didn't go into further detail. Hopefully, more information will be revealed once first drive impressions are permitted to be aired.
This isn't the first time an automaker has added artificial engine sounds to the cabin, and it won't be the last. Ford added fake engine sounds to the Mustang EcoBoost and some electric cars like the Porsche Taycan add artificial sounds to make up for the silent electric motors.
As Farah points out, fake engine sounds are added to enhance a car's aural experience "because the real sound is non-existent and / or unpleasant." The Corvette's 495-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 may sound sublime from the outside, but the sound could be diluted inside the cabin without the fake exhaust notes coming through the speakers.