New BMW M3 and BMW M4 make use of Active Sound

BMW M4 | September 25th, 2013 by 8
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Over the last 24 hours several contradicting reports appeared in relation to the use of Active Sound in the new BMW M3 and M4. The …

Over the last 24 hours several contradicting reports appeared in relation to the use of Active Sound in the new BMW M3 and M4. The artificial in-cabin sound has been used in all the recent M models and it has been somewhat controversial within the BMW community.

To clear up any confusion we reached out to BMW North America for an official answer.

BMWBLOG: Is the new BMW M4 taking advantage of the Active Sound or is it different from the other M models?

New BMW M3 and BMW M4 make use of Active Sound

“Sure, it’s a small part of the overall acoustic design of the car just like on many BMW models and other cars in the industry,” says a BMW spokesperson for BMW North America.

READ: First Ride In New BMW M3 and M4

The Active Sound technology debuted in the new M5. BMW said that it takes its cues from the driving situation at any one time to deliver an accurate reproduction of the engine’s sound through the car’s audio system. The system’s digital signal processing exchanges data directly with the engine management, allowing it to reflect the engine’s revs and torque, and the car’s speed over the road.

The upcoming BMW i8 also takes advantage of the Active Sound tech and the same feature is expected to become standard on future BMWs as well.

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  • CDspeed

    Can this be shut off with iDrive? Personally I don’t think “Active Sound” is necessary, sure you want to hear a M engine, but handling and power are more important to me I don’t need more engine sound to be happy.

  • digivue

    Oh my… BMW, really? No other solution to make real sound channeled to the cabin?

  • auaq

    Just roll down your windows cause it’s loud enough. Watch those nurburgring videos!

  • Swanbourne

    make it sound like my E92 M3

  • Preacher Lacking Congregation

    Pathetic BMW, really pathetic

  • Mariani

    Oh, man. BMW just won’t stop, will they?

    I was going to criticize the X4 back in the other post, saying things like ‘they are selling out and don’t care about enthusiasts anymore’, but then I saw this.

    Look, I’m not the biggest BMW fan, but I do respect the brand for what it once did.

    I get that car makers won’t always get it right, but they should do it at some point, because this nonsense is wearing thin really fast.

    Really, what are they thinking?

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