This piece of specialized equipment, called
a Soundaktor, makes a VW sound even better.
Many drivers like to hear the sound of their engines. In fact, some sports cars have special "noise pipes" that allow more of the engine sounds to reach the driver.
However, some automakers have discovered a better way to give you a great "Vroom."
They use "active sound generators", or speakers.
For instance, Volkswagen's GTI has a small device mounted on the firewall near the engine that plays a precorded engine sound.
And BMW's M5 luxury car plays engine noises directly through the car's speakers.
Is this technology a form of false advertising, or is it merely a clever (and cheaper) way to give drivers a better driving experience?
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