And the best part? There's a traditional volume knob.
The first time you get into an electric vehicle, the absence of engine noise is one of the most unusual sensations, particularly if you've experienced something like the supercharged whine of a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon or our favorite collection of the sweetest-sounding inline-six engines.
It's why the auditory experience has received such focus in EVs, and the upcoming Pininfarina Battista electric sports car is no exception. For this reason, the automaker has announced a partnership with Naim Audio, known for its work in crafting high-end sound systems for various Bentleys. It doesn't get much more exclusive than that, and with a mere 150 examples of the Battista expected to be made, the partnership strikes all the right notes.
In the Pininfarina Battista, which is expected to undergo further testing in August, the 10-speaker Naim Audio system provides 1,300 watts of power for an immersive sound experience. Not only will this elevate the enjoyment of your favorite songs, but a special soundtrack will accompany the immense power output from the four electric motors, which combine to deliver 1,875 horsepower and can see the Battista hit 62 mph from a standstill in under two seconds.
"Electrification creates an entirely new dimension and opportunity for sound tuning throughout the Battista," said Rene Wollmann, Director of Sportscars for Automobili Pininfarina.
The system makes use of a dual voice coil subwoofer positioned between the seats, along with super-tweeters behind the seats for transmitting higher frequencies.
There are also speakers in the butterfly doors, and tuning of the system creates the sensation of being in an auditorium for both the driver and passenger.
From the pictures, we also noticed one of the most important and often overlooked sound system features: a physical volume knob! No fiddling with touchscreens here. The speaker grilles themselves have been beautifully integrated into the Battista's stunning cabin.
Charlie Henderson, Naim Audio Managing Director, couldn't be happier about the partnership. "I am thrilled that our first EV hypercar audio system has been created specifically for the groundbreaking Battista," he said. "In the electric vehicle era, audio becomes more important than ever."