Some were surprised to hear that the 2014 Cadillac CTS and 2015 CTS utilized a system that pumps the vehicle’s engine and exhaust sounds into the vehicle using its sound system. And as it so happens, the 2015 ATS Coupe uses a similar technology.
Called Engine Sound Enhancement (ESE), the system amplifies the vehicle’s engine and exhaust sounds through the audio system. To note, the sounds are not pre-recorded, but rather further enhance the sounds the car is making.
According to Cadillac, the goal of ESE is to make the sweetest sounds even sweeter by working in conjunction with Active Noise Cancellation technology, which helps eliminate unwanted sounds. But compared to the third-gen CTS Sedan, the ATS Coupe executes ESE differently in these three ways:
- ESE is only on ATS Coupe models equipped with the Bose surround sound system
- ESE leverages the upgraded amplifier and speakers of the surround sound system
- ESE does not change with drive modes, meaning that it’s the same regardless of the selection of Tour, Sport, or Snow/Ice drive mode
If you’ve experienced Engine Sound Enhancement, do you like it? What do you think of the concept of amplifying engine/exhaust sounds using the car’s audio system? Talk to us in the comments.