Submitted by joiordanou on July 15, 2013
I just got back from a test drive with my father in law who I've been trying to persuade for a while to buy a model S as his next car (wish I could buy one for myself but can't for several reasons). Overall had a great experience driving a performance S with standard suspension. His biggest complaint though was that he couldn't hear the engine. I know most people would say this is a benefit of going electric but for others part of the joy of driving is hearing the engine roar as you speed down the highway, and the relative silence of the S can actually be a deterrent to purchasing. So I was thinking that it might be a smart idea for the tesla software engineers to add in an optional simulated engine sound feature that plays a modified engine sound that that varies with either speed or degree of accelerator depression. To be clear I'm talking about a sound played inside the cabin through existing sound system for the enjoyment of the driver and passengers, not an external safety noise as has been discussed elsewhere on these forums. The programming for this option would be fairly simple I think and tesla could either record the soundtrack themselves from whatever Elon's favorite ICE is (McClaren F1 perhaps) or license soundtracks from any of the companies that produce racing video games. I know there are probably many more updates and options that owners would like to see tesla work on before this but I was just curious to see if any owners of possible future owners would like to see something like this in the future, if enough of us want it Tesla will probably do it.