It goes without saying that engine sounds are very important in a sports car. Not only do they enhance the fun factor behind the wheel, but they also provide a crucial rpm reference point when driving hard. As such, some vehicles come equipped with a system that will pump engine noises into the cabin via the stereo—including the 2020 Corvette C8.
In a recent tweet, The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah revealed that the 2020 Corvette does indeed utilize onboard speakers to enhance the engine note.
“The new Corvette has fake engine noises from the speakers,” Farah wrote. “This is not a driving impression, it is a specification fact, so I can say it,” Farah said in reference to the 2020 Corvette driving impressions embargo.
The new Corvette has fake engine noise from the speakers. This is not a driving impression, it is a specification fact, so I can say it. https://t.co/Q5orkIYDSa
— Matt Farah (@TheSmokingTire) October 3, 2019
Obviously, some enthusiasts are crying foul. In response to the revelation, Chevrolet clarified the issue, saying:
“If customers like how the seventh generation sounds, then they will love the sounds of the LT2 engine in their 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The car actually uses the exact same strategy and execution as all seventh-generation Corvettes, including the 2019 ZR1. It’s important to note, nothing coming out of the speakers would sound like an engine on its own. We rely on the engine for all the audio content, but given the pass-by requirements and the multiple cavities between the exhaust tips and the driver, some frequencies are lost and need to be supplemented. This results in an engaging and visceral driving experience, as our seventh-generation owners can attest to.”
For reference, the 2020 Corvette is equipped with the mid-mounted, naturally aspirated, 6.2L LT2 V8 engine, which produces upwards of 495 horsepower at 6,450 rpm and 470 pound-feet of torque at 5,150 rpm when equipped with the optional performance exhaust system.
The “fake engine noise” issue is obviously contentious. While some drivers feel as though it’s cheating to use the stereo to enhance the engine note, others enjoy the extra internal combustion sounds. After all, it’s not like the sounds are pumped over the whine of an electric motor, right? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.