The Porsche Taycan's $500 sport sound option is expensive, but sounds like the future
The sound is undeniably cool, but charging for it on a car that starts at $150,000 is excessive.
One of the main things that performance car enthusiasts cite when they rail against switching to an electric car has nothing to do with actual performance -- it's the sound. Look, I get it. The sound of a high-revving flat-plane V8 or a howling flat-six is amazing, and comparatively, the relative lack of sound of an EV does take away from the drama of driving quickly and in a spirited fashion.
What is the Electric Sport Sound and why does Porsche charge $500 for it on the currently-entry-level Taycan Turbo? It's basically a sound clip that the car plays during acceleration, and it seems to add a bit of rumble to the EV whine. Think Episode 1 pod racer rather than Return of the Jedi speeder bike, though you can listen for yourself in the clip above.
If you spend the extra $30,000 for the
, it looks like Electric Sport Sound becomes a standard feature, which, let's face it, it should be.
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