I agree on the 3 cylinder sound. What a great little engine.I'm under the impression tha1) pops and bangs are real and definitely not synthesized,a valve in the exhaust helps this when in sport mode.
2) the mini is so refined that they added the sound amplifier to enhance the noise the enginer makes. It's not a synthesizer as such but pipes the engine noise into the cabin so from what I understand you are hearing an amplified version of the wonderful engine.
Don't panic but I could be wrong!
Of course my fab 3 cylinder doesn't need an amp,it just sounds AMAZING without help!
I can say that there is no valve in the Cooper S standard exhaust..
I have just looked at mine closely as it is in the garage after removing it to make way for the cat back Remus system.
Now the Remus does have a valve that is operated remotely from inside the car..
I am still not convinced that there is enhanced engine noise via a speaker.. Anyway the Remus is that loud in Sport mode with valve open, it would drown out the speaker, if it did exist.
tl;dr; version: You're right. It will.I am still not convinced that there is enhanced engine noise via a speaker.. Anyway the Remus is that loud in Sport mode with valve open, it would drown out the speaker, if it did exist.
The pops and burbles from the exhaust are real.
The synthesised engine note is created by an additional speaker that does exist. You need the car to be in green mode in order to not have any synthesised engine note. It's added slightly in mid-mode and more so in sport.
The synthesized sound has nothing to do with the pops and burbles, I believe. That's an exhaust thing, and the Active Sound system is primarily focused on the engine (machinery) sound enhancement.I can hear the pops from the exhaust itself - doesn't sound like any enhanced speaker noise to me at all.
As far as I know, the Cooper does not pop and burble like the Cooper S.I've not got my cooper to pop in sport mode... has anyone else?
I usually drive it fairly hard, and had a R56 popping like a cork when I had it for a few days..
If someone can confirm i'll try it again later, but don't want to rev the nuts off it if its impossibel