Lamborghini CTO Says Completely Synthetic Sound From Its Future EVs Is Unacceptable

Electric vehicles from brands like Tesla are already supercar fast so many have asked where that leaves brands like Lamborghini. According to a new interview with Chief Technical Officer Rouven Mohr, the Italian automaker plans to keep the emotion of the driving experience through real sound.

Clearly, sound is a paramount feature of most supercars, not just Lamborghinis, but the transition to electric vehicles is a quiet one. Regarding how Lamborghini EVs will sound, Mohr tells The Drive that the team is “working in the direction to go as little artificial as possible,” going so far as to say that he “cannot accept” a completely synthetic noise.

What’s the big issue with synthetic noises like the ones found in the Kia EV6? “You feel a decoupling between what the car is doing and what the sound is suggesting that the car is doing,” says Mohr. In an effort to eliminate that “decoupling” Lamborghini has sound as one of the paramount concerns for its EV production cars.

“At the moment, this is one of the biggest things… There’s still a long road ahead of the brand finding the perfect sound. We have some ideas, we have some proposals, but at the moment we have still not yet decided what the final production car will have,” he says.

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How does one create a sound that’s real from a drivetrain that’s known for its lack of noise? Mohr says it’ll likely come down to amplification and correlation. “We are experimenting with taking frequencies that we have from the e-motors, amplifying something, eliminating something, and especially correlating this as close as possible to the drivetrain condition,” he explained.

Interestingly enough, Mohr compared this amplified sound to the way that modern internal combustion engines have tuned exhaust notes that also amplify sounds: “What you hear today in a combustion car is also sound [that’s] designed, let me say. But the basic sound is coming from something real – 99% of the time.”

While mainstream automakers don’t often pour great resources into exhaust note tuning, performance-focused brands do. In fact, aftermarket exhaust manufacturers also spend time tuning their products to produce specific sounds. Will the eventual Lamborghini production electric vehicle sound anywhere as good as a traditional V12 supercar? We doubt it, but we’ll give it a listen anyway just to be sure.

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