• Fake engine sounds for Fisker Karma?

For a $80,000 model, the 2009 Firsker Karma hybrid sedan is expected to offer a lot of luxury options. Nothing spooky here, right? Well is time to become a bit more mysteriously: the company decided that there is no need for the car to be silent (?!), instead they have decided to fit the car with speakers inside and out to blast fake engine sounds!!!

According to Henrik Fisker, head of the company, by fake engine sounds it means real, gruff, user-selectable engine sounds. One will apparently sound ’’like something between a Formula One car and a jet plane," which should certainly be enough to keep unwary pedestrians leaping for the sidewalk as you roar towards them.

And the logical explanation for this decision is...?


Source: Gizmodo

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  (5990) posted on 03.14.2008

A very idiotic move. Imagine overtaking a car and seeing the other drivers face as he sees a car flash past silently, not some car that you can here from a mile off. Everyone other brand is trying to restrain noise levels.

  (5990) posted on 03.14.2008

So,it’s the dawn of the age of electric cars with fake engine sounds.SOMEBODY GET ME A TIME MACHINE!

  (5990) posted on 03.14.2008

why? for more noise pollution? I think it would add to the sleekness of the car if it was dead silent. seems kinda cheesy.


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