Mercedes-AMG Exhaust Notes To Be Crippled By New Noise Regulations

MercedesAMG has admitted that its future performance cars won’t be as loud as those in the past due to nw sound regulations imposed by the European Union.

Speaking with Motoring during the recent launch of the new Mercedes-AMG A 45S and CLA 45 S, the head of product planning for AMG compact cars, Bastian Bogenschutz, said vehicles sold outside Europe will also come with the same restrictions.

“It’s coming from the European regulations. We can [design specific exhausts] but it’s too expensive for every market to do it, it’s pretty difficult,” Bogenschutz explained.

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New sound regulations in Europe are measured against the loudest setting in the car’s driver mode menu. This means that automakers cannot even design exhaust systems that are quiet most of the time but can be made much louder, such as through the opening of butterfly valves in certain driving modes.

In a bid to ensure owners can enjoy an intoxicating exhaust note, Bogenschutz said that AMG has employed a sound enhancement system inside the cabin.

“The regulations were getting pretty difficult for the sound to just come from the exhaust system. So we added the AMG pure performance sound, there we take the real sound from the exhaust system, the pulsation of the real sound and move it inside the car. It works together with the exhaust system.”

What this means is that owners of mew Mercedes-AMG models will need to turn to the aftermarket if they want an exhaust system which pops, cracks, and bangs. Unless they, too, are banned at some point in the future…

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  • m_1

    My instinctive reaction is that the EU should bore off and butt out of people’s lives. However, living in London, not even very close to a major road, drug dealers and other undeserving chavs drive make huge amounts of noise late at night in cars like this and the police do nothing about it. So, I applaud this, reluctantly.

    • Liviu Varlam

      Motorcycles are way louder anyway

      • Ben

        That usually a safety benefit. A quiet bike might as well be shadow.

    • jrelon

      People will still customize. Unless the EU has banned that too? Sucks mostly for people owning cars under warranties they don’t want to violate.

    • Joff

      Why shouldn’t people have a quiet neighbourhood, enough of these bozos driving around hoping everyone is looking at them in their loud cars

  • samurai

    You can actually still make loud exhausts, but you have to be a bit tricky. European sportscars with exhaust valves can deliver loud sound since the only strict regulation is the driving sound that is measured when accelerating at 50 km/h that must be around 72db. For all other speeds you can be loud. That’s why all legal valve exhausts in europe (no matter if it’s from the factory or aftermarket) are going quite in every mode around 50km/h if you drive similiar too the test-measurement scenario, but you can still enjoy a nice exhaust note in all other cases.

  • R55

    This is the end of the world as we know it.

  • Mr. EP9

    I guess that means will be seeing more aftermarket exhausts on AMGs in the near future.

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