Porsche launched its first EV, the Taycan, earlier this month, ushering in a new era of performance vehicles for the brand—one that doesn’t include much exhaust noise. The company knows some of its customers won’t be accustomed to silent acceleration, so it’s offering an optional sound-maker to give the Taycan a sci-fi spaceship aural signature.
According to Taycan’s configurator site, the feature, which Porsche calls “Porsche Electric Sport Sound,” is currently available as a standalone “performance” option on the Taycan Turbo model. A Porsche spokesperson confirmed to Road & Track the feature is standard on the top-spec Turbo S.
Here’s how Porsche describes the feature on its configurator site:
Porsche says the sound can be turned on or off via the car’s onboard infotainment system. If you’re curious what the acceleration noise actually sounds like, the company provides a sample on its website. You’ll note that the sound enhancement doesn’t incorporate any synthesized internal-combustion noise—rather, it augments the typical electric-car motor noise.
Whether the sound makes the driving experience any more exciting is, of course, a matter of personal opinion. But for those who can’t get passed the silent hit of acceleration that comes with most electric cars, Porsche has an alternative.
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