So What Will the BMW i8 Really Sound Like?

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Unfortunately, not exactly like this.

One of the issues that has been preoccupying BMW enthusiastsprior to the launch of the beautiful i8 hybrid sports car is the question ofsound. Sure, the car looks spectacular and has performance numbers worthy of asupercar, but can a three-cylinder 1.5-liter engine sourced from the MiniCooper, supplemented by an electric motor, recreate the joy of a V8 scream? This video gives us a partial answer: this is the actual sound of the i8’s gasengine acceleration, no decibels added.

Why partial? Because the actual car will receive BMW’sActive Sound Design, a non-disableable accessory that will add synthetic soundinside the car and out, using a speaker on one of its exhaust pipes. Withthe natural sound of it, we really don’t see the point.

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