BMW co-develops 'emotionally engaging' driving sound for electric M-spec model

BMW says that specially developed drive sounds will add to the driving experience of its electric models.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 11 May 2021, 17:14 PM
2022 BMW i4
2022 BMW i4
2022 BMW i4
2022 BMW i4

BMW, in collaboration with composer and curator Hans Zimmer, has created a distinctive sound for the BMW M models that are powered by a fully electric or plug-in hybrid drive system. The automaker stresses that the sounds have been created in such a way that they engage the driver emotionally, enriching the driving experience.

Zimmer has earlier been part of deriving exclusive driving sounds for electrically-powered BMWs. In his latest partnership with the company, he has developed drive sounds for the BMW iX and BMW i4, including a differentiated sound for the M-specification version of the BMW i4.

Similar Cars

Find More Cars
Tata Tigor Ev (HT Auto photo)
Tata Tigor Ev
Electric | Automatic
₹11.99 - 13.14 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Tata Altroz Ev (HT Auto photo)
Tata Altroz Ev
₹12 - 15 Lakhs* *Expected Price
Tata Nexon Ev (HT Auto photo)
Tata Nexon Ev
Electric | Automatic
₹13.99 - 16.85 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Mahindra Xuv400 Ev (HT Auto photo)
Mahindra Xuv400 Ev
₹14 - 16 Lakhs* *Expected Price
Tata Nexon Ev Prime (HT Auto photo)
Tata  Nexon Ev Prime
30.2 kWh | Electric | Automatic | 312 Km
₹14.99 - 17.5 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price
Tata Nexon Ev Max (HT Auto photo)
Tata Nexon Ev Max
Electric | Automatic
₹17.74 - 19.24 Lakhs**Ex-showroom price

(Also read | BMW adds M xDrive all-wheel-drive system in M3, M4 model line-up for first time)

BMW says that while the electric vehicles offer comfortable driving, their quietness takes away some degree of emotional pleasure of driving. Thus, the specially developed drive sounds will add to the driving experience of the vehicles by involving all the senses of the driver. The company adds that in the future, there will be acoustic feedback to every movement of the accelerator.

FOLLOW US:Stay Updated with latest content - Subscribe us on
FOLLOW US:Stay Updated with latest content - Subscribe us on

The driving sound of the vehicle will respond as per the driving situation and the mode selected. In the BMW i4, in Comfort mode, a pleasant sound experience is created initially but as the driver steps on the accelerator, the sound experience deepens as load and speed increase. In the Sport mode, the car's drive sound is more dominant and powerful.

(Also read | BMW combines AI tech with age old art pieces for its new range)

In the M specification of the BMW i4, the drive sound has been charged with extra energy and there is an especially stronger differentiation between the Comfort and Sport modes. "When you press the pedal of an M car, you suddenly get goosebumps all over your body. We translated this feeling into a drive sound," says BMW sound designer Renzo Vitale.

The new drive sounds for the BMW i4 and BMW iX will feature in the vehicles over the course of 2022. It will come as standard in the BMW iX and can be specified as an option for the BMW i4. The sound portfolio for each car includes one ready-to-drive sound, one stop sound as well as driving sound.

First Published Date: 11 May 2021, 17:14 PM IST
Recommended For You
View All

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city