Fake it until you make it?
In the mind of any hot-blooded gearhead, nothing beats the sound of a thundering V8. Or a high-revving rotary. Even a nice, throaty V6 will do the trick to get the heart pumping a bit. Four-pots, though? Most of the time, they’re not what you’d call…lively. Sure, slap a turbocharger on one and you can get a pretty decent power return, but the sound they make just doesn’t stir the soul. Well, now, cars like the 2019 Hyundai Veloster offer up a deeper, resonant tone from their engines. Sort of.
Welcome to the modern automotive age, where everything, even engine note, is computerized. Yes, the Hyundai’s engine makes some noise on its own, but now it has an electronic wingman. Located in the infotainment system, Hyundai included options to enhance the engine’s sound through the car’s audio system. With either a “Normal” or “Enhanced” effect, drivers can amplify their car’s engine note with a simple selection. Now, plenty of people out there will absolutely hate this feature.
It’s not to everyone’s taste, this simulated engine noise enhancement. If it’s not natural sound you’re hearing, then it’s a waste of time. However, others may enjoy the deeper, louder noise, simulated or otherwise. Despite the “fake it ’til you make it” attitude that comes with fitting such a feature, Hyundai did at least include the option to turn it off. Whichever crowd you’re in, the simple fact of the matter is that this sort of feature is here to stay. Whether it’s in hot hatches or performance cars, some will let you enhance the sound at your whim.
Check out our demonstration of the 2019 Hyundai Veloster‘s engine noise enhancement above. Let us know what you think in the comments! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more news, views, and real-world, tech demo reviews. Find out more about the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo below: