Artificial Exhaust Notes: Maserati Developing It For Diesel Engines?

For some (*cough* enthusiasts *cough*), one of the pleasures of driving is the aural feedback. A nice exhaust note is a key part of the experience – whether it is a high-strung scream or a low burble. That sensation is one that really is only had with a traditional internal combustion engine. Electric cars? Forget it, the experience is totally different.

Before we’ve heard of anything like it, we’ve long thought that it would be brilliant to have simulated engine exhaust sounds in electric cars. If you wanted, it could even be taken a step further with some vibration in the steering wheel and what not. However, we think at the point most people who want that will be in a gas-powered vehicle anyway. But, we digress. What we didn’t ever think of was technology being used with diesel engines.

Everyone knows that, while they sound much better than models of yore, diesels don’t have the satisfying exhaust notes of their gas-powered counterparts. More like a low clatter. Maserati, a brand known for its great engine soundtracks, is said to be exploring technology like that. The news was uncovered by a question to Maserati from British magazine What Car. The question came about in relation to Maserati’s announcement that the Kubang SUV will have a diesel engine.

While diesel power seems anti-Maserati, vice president of product development Roberto Corradi says that it will be necessary to keep up with competitors like the Porsche Cayenne. What Car? asked how that would be reconciled with Maserati’s “reputation for great sounding cars.” Corradi responded that the company was looking into providing a healthy exhaust note via the sound system. Given that this could be turned on or off, this is very interesting – an admission of the downfalls in working with diesel power. Whether or not this makes it to fruition will be a development we’ll follow closely. We wouldn’t be surprised to see other manufacturers follow suit.

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Tony Pimpo is a young automotive journalist who lives in Northern California. He believes the future of the automotive industry will depend in a large part on the recommendation of enthusiasts and Generation Y. More than ever, automakers lately have realized the power of Gen Y. Not only in regards to buying power, but in driving opinion and spreading a brand’s message through the internet and various forms of social media. His appreciation for cars formed at an early age, thanks to his dad, who has always been involved with cars in different ways over the years. Tony has contributed to various websites in his pursuits, and is on staff at GMInsideNews, where he has been writing since the age of 12.

1 Comment on "Artificial Exhaust Notes: Maserati Developing It For Diesel Engines?"

  1. Interesting. Manufacturers (especially high-end brands) and tuners have employed sound engineers for a long time now to tweak the sounds of the exhaust and engine to make it sound good. I suppose this won't be much different, but will give them an opportunity to create a unique sound for diesel- vs. petrol-powered cars.

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