Whoooosh Hiss - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Whoooosh Hiss

February 07, 2012


There's something about hearing a turbo under acceleration that just makes me smile. My first experience with this was in a 2005 Subaru WRX STi. The whoosh and hiss absolutely did it for me. But in every modern BMW with a turbo, those sounds have been absent. Maybe that's a good thing, since I suppose most BMW owners wouldn't find it as appealing as I do. But it's there, you just have to listen for it.

I was running a quick errand yesterday with the windows down. I needed to accelerate rather briskly at one point and there it was. A very faint and high-pitched turbo whoosh, followed by an equally faint hiss between gears. That brought a smile to my face.

It's completely undetectable if the stereo is on, even on the lowest volume setting. Because of this, I have a feeling I'll be driving windows down and silent more often than not.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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