The Nissan 370Z is getting a little long in the tooth these days. So what does Nissan do to keep it current? Did they add a turbocharged engine, or make it lose some weight, or give it a dual-clutch gearbox? Nope, they added one of the most hated new technologies on cars instead: engine sounds through the speakers.
Why Nissan decided to
augment one of the VQ V6’s worst qualities is beyond me, but here we
are, and it probably comes much to the delight of Z-bros who don’t have
to go out and buy the biggest fart pipe they can afford now. (Oh, hell.
They’re gonna do it anyway.)
“Enhances natural engine sounds to
bolster the driver’s acceleration experience.” That sentence is just
painful to read. Next time you see a friend in a fast car, ask them “How
was your acceleration experience, Ted?” and see what they say. I bet
they’d be perplexed, because such a sentence is only English in the
loosest sense possible.
Listen: I’m progressive when it comes to
cars. I think we can enjoy new stuff and old stuff, and I’m generally in
favor of things like improved efficiency, lighter weight, and better
technology, if it’s done right.
One thing I can’t get behind is
this trend of piping in engine noise through the speakers. It may be
“natural” noise from the engine bay, but it doesn’t feel natural at all.
It also adds an unnecessary degree of complication to the car. I
realize it’s probably done for noise, vibration and harshness reasons,
and on other cars because turbocharged motors sometimes sound like crap.
just don’t see how the 370Z, of all cars, needed such a system. Granted
it never sounded great in the first place, but this seems like a really
strange addition so close to the end of its life. Were any 370Z people
asking for this? Does anybody ask to have engine sounds come through
their speakers? I didn’t think so. There has to be a better way to do