Ford badly wants their customers to still hear the rumble of the V8 when driving a 2015 Ford F-150 with the smaller V6 engines. How badly? They are pumping engine noise into the cab to replicate the sound. Yep, the EcoBoost V6 engines will not only produce a good amount of torque, horsepower, better fuel economy, but also fake engine noise.
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An article at Road and Track says the engine noise is officially called “order content.” This sound is added by 2015 Ford F-150 engineers and, with the sound deadening in the cabin, isn’t immediately obvious the sound is being piped in.
The sound difference between the V6 and V8 engines has to do with layout and firing order. One of the big differences is the V6 has more third-order noise while the V8 has more fourth-order noise. Along with the whoosh sound from a turbo, the Ford trucks sound quite a bit different.
Critics and owners have apparently complained about the sound of the Ford F-150’s EcoBoost engines and this is an interesting way to respond to this problem. Interestingly, the system won’t come in all 2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost powered trucks. It will be reserved for the higher-end models.
The reality is that this news may be off-putting to gear heads, but for the average consumer, ignorance will be bliss. Well, if by bliss, you mean fake engine noise.