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TOTD: How Important is a Great Sounding Engine?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/3/2014 Jason Udy

For more than a century, the internal combustion engine has propelled the vast majority of automobiles ever produced. Depending on its displacement, number of cylinders, and configuration, each engine design produces a unique exhaust note – some more favorable than others. With the increasing number of efficient but quiet hybrid, pure electric, and hydrogen-powered cars, we want to know how important a great sounding engine is to you.

That’s the question monterd1 asked other Motor Trend forum members in a recent thread where he wanted to know if the hydrogen internal combustion engines would be more attractive to the much quieter electric motor. He asked others whether they prefer an exhaust note, a quieter car, or didn’t care. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

MistyGreen says the engine sound makes him feel more in tune with the car,” while Rickhay says listening to the engine means he doesn't “have to look at the tach to know when to shift.”¿DeQuandary? said that if he had to choose, he would “rather have a good sound system than a good engine note” saying that as long as the performance is there, he would “get more out of driving to a great song than from listening to the engine.”Thed simply said, “It needs to sound good, period.”

How important is a great sounding engine to you? Do you need a great sounding engine? Or do you prefer a quieter exhaust? Does it even matter? Share your thoughts on today’s Thread of the Day below.

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