2015 Ford F-150: Sounds Like A V8, But Should It?
May 20, 2015
With all the towing I've done lately, I've had ample opportunity to hear the engine in our 2015 Ford F-150. Or rather hear what Ford wants me to think is the engine, because this V6-powered truck rumbles with the unmistakable sound of a V8 when its throttle is open.
This is a good fake, so it's not initially clear where the trumped-up noise comes from, only that it's not genuine. Ford's PR materials aren't quick to admit the counterfeit, either. A thorough search under the hood reveals no telltale, sound-symposing snorkus routing the chosen sounds through the firewall, a piece that's as obvious as the "5.0" logo under the hood of our V8-powered long-term Mustang.
Ultimately though, I'm less concerned with where the noises come from than I am that they exist. Despite V8s making far more pleasant noises than V6s, there's something disingenuous about faking engine sound. Though it might not sound wrong, it feels contrived and deceptive in practice.
After all, wasn't it the V8's functionality, and not just its sound, that made people appreciate it in the first place? If we were to rewind time, reverse technology, and make large displacement V8s the more efficient, equally-powerful engines, might we now be pumping the hisses and whooshes of a turbo V6 into our cabins?
OK, maybe not. But I still don't love the idea.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor