Ford Mustang Mach-E Will Pipe In Fake Engine Noise: Video

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We aren’t on the fence at all about the Ford Mustang Mach-E, we like it. While we understand that some don’t like the Mustang name on an electric crossover, we like anything that goes fast and looks good. We often like things that go fast and don’t look good. The only thing we have heard about the Mustang Mach-E that we don’t like is this recent tidbit. The Mach-E will pipe in fake engine noise.

We get that the sound a Mustang makes is a big part of the experience with the car, and lots of Mustang owners spend big money on parts to make their car sound better. EVs do have to make some noise to alert pedestrians, particularly the visually impaired, that the near-silent vehicles are coming.

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Rather than dubbing in a V8, Ford decided to make the sound more futuristic. Reports indicate that when the Mach-E is in “unbridled” mode, the car makes a sound that is part starship acceleration and a grumbly background thrum sort of like a muscle car. In the video below, you can clearly hear the sound as the car accelerates. It’s not annoying or overbearing, but we think if you are going to build an EV, just let the noise of tires and electric motors be the soundtrack. Why try and fake it?

The video is interesting and does brag about the handling of the Mustang. The Ford person behind the wheel calls the Mach-E the “best handling” SUV that Ford has ever made. Piping in fake sound is inauthentic, we hope you can turn it off if you don’t want faux trickery in your commute. Road & Track notes that the EcoBoost Mustang also pipes in speaker generated sound to match the GT for engine noise, so the Mach-E isn’t alone in this. Ford Mustang Mach-E reservations are open now.

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Source: Road & Track

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. this reminds of that episode of pimp my ride where xhibit took Karen’s minivan and they put 12″ speakers underneath it and gave her a control to change the engine sounds between Ferraris, F1s, Big Block V8s, and little turbo charged4 cylinder v-tecs. This is almost as hilarious

  2. ” EVs do have to make some noise to alert pedestrians, particularly the visually impaired, that the near-silent vehicles are coming”. This is a stupid idea! My Fusion Hybrid makes no noise when I an driving at low speeds near pedestrians and nobody has complained about its noiseless travel. Besides, there are many pedestrians who don’t even look when walking near any car or when crossing a street. I had to blast my horn several time at many who never even looked before crossing. Laws are made to save lives, but everyone (drivers and pedestrians) have to read , understand, and obey them to benefit from the protection. I see news reports about unlawful crossings where the pedestrians are injured but they carry the blame. No noise generation will cure that!

  3. Disappointing, as a person with a hearing disorder I would look forward to a quiet ride. Right on that pedestrians don’t care if you are driving with a straight pipe. They will step in front of anything being taught that they have the right of way. Dead right. Maybe a little beeper hooked up to the proximity sensors when someone gets to close a walker or a bikee, say up to 10 mph. I had a cad and they added sounds to a fab sounding 2 x tubo high tech V6 .not necessary, sounded like a 930 TT porsche outside and a sick cow inside. Still think it looks like an Escape with an electric motor BUT it might take on the non profit TESLA.

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