On the heels of our first drive of the redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport, Cadillac has just announced that all 2014 CTS models will be equipped with a newly-developed engine sound enhancement system for a sportier aural experience.
Unlike other systems like those on some BMW models, Cadillac says no artificial sounds are used. Instead, the system in the 2014 CTS simply enhances certain engine sounds based on whether the car is in Tour, Sport, or Track mode. According to Cadillac’s descriptions, Tour mode “purrs with refinement,” while Sport mode “growls with power” and Track mode, which is only available on the Vsport model, “roars even more aggressively.”
Microphones are placed throughout the cabin to listen to the engine roar, and then these microphones select certain engine sounds and then pump these sounds through the CTS’s Bose audio system. The Cadillac engineering team behind this system apparently researched psycho acoustics to find which sounds are most pleasing to human ears to choose which engine tones would be accented by the electronic enhancement system.
This system will be standard on all 2014 Cadillac CTS models, whether equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6, or the Vsport twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6. The 2014 Cadillac CTS sports sedan starts at $46,025, and the CTS Vsport starts at $59,995 including destination. The 2014 Cadillac CTS will go on sale later this fall.