The new 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 uses the car’s speakers to improve the sound experience. Thing is, it’s the same setup as in the C7 Corvette.
The controversy over the new C8 Chevy Corvette exhaust note and using speakers to amplify the engine sound has been put to rest. At the very least, Chevrolet says nothing’s changed.
After reports surfaced earlier this week that the new C8 Corvette used the speakers to amplify the engine sound inside the cabin, Chevrolet responded by saying that nothing has really changed from the C7 Corvette. In a note sent to Motor1, Chevrolet said that C7 owners can expect the same sound experience in the new C8 as in their current car.
More importantly, Chevrolet says the speakers aren’t used to create artificial engine sounds. According to Chevy, no sound coming out of the C8 Corvette’s speakers will sound like an engine. The speakers are used to supplement the natural engine note of the mid-engine C8 with various frequencies that are lost to regulations or because of the distance between the exhaust tips and the driver.
Fake exhaust noises coming from the speakers has been a hot topic in recent years. Car&Driver discovered that the new-generation Mustang used fake sound from its speakers and a bunch of other cars now do the same as well including the Volkswagen Golf R. Some automakers are upfront about it while others tend to hide the fact.
In any case, we are pretty sure the C8 Corvette will be a blast not only to drive, but also listen to. Worst case scenario, who cares what the speakers are doing to improve the sound, as long as it sounds good. Right?
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