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19 October 2021

In this week's edition of Autocar confidential, Rolls Royce tells us about one of their main issues with their upcoming electric car, Lamborghini explain how they're going to send off the Huracan and Polestar let us know about their future model plans.

Noise troubles for Rolls Royce

An electric Rolls-Royce could be louder inside than one of the current V12 cars, because there will be no engine noise to drown out road and wind roar. But CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös believes “it’s probably not worth” trying to combat this. The Ghost, he said, is already so quiet on the move “that people felt a little disorientated and we needed to bring certain noise levels back in”. “I think we have super experience in understanding how to tackle that,” he added.

Final edition Huracán unlikely 

Lamborghini is sending off the Aventador with the commemorative Ultimae edition, but CEO Stephan Winkelmann hinted to Autocar that the V10-powered Huracán’s eventual exit might be slightly quieter: “The V12 is so defining for Lamborghini that we received massive requests to do something special at the end of the [Aventador’s] life cycle. I think this is unique, for sure, and then we will see what we do for other cars.” A hybrid Huracán successor is due in 2024.

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No small Polestar just yet

Don't expect Polestar to introduce any model smaller than the 2 – for now, at least. Company boss Thomas Ingenlath refused to categorically rule out a compact EV, “because that would be stupid”, but said that it’s an unlikely prospect. He hinted that he could change his mind, however: “Let’s face it: we still have decades to go with Polestar and there might be a point in time when such an object could be very interesting.”

 

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Vertigo 19 October 2021
The Polestar 2 is quite a big car, to me at least - and certainly an unreasonably heavy one given that it compares in usable space with the Model 3 rather than the Model S/Y. If they're never going to be making anything under 2 tonnes, I guess I'll never be interested in their products.

Also strikes me that they're not striving to be as green as is reasonably possible, which I'd already been suspecting since the publication of their lifecycle analysis. It showed negligible effort to cut carbon in the supply chain, the factory or the vehicle efficiency. Looks like this approach is even infecting the product planning.

eseaton 19 October 2021
To suggest that an electric Ghost will be noisier inside because there is no engine noise to drown out wind and road noise is quite possibly the stupidest thing I've ever read.
oop north 19 October 2021
eseaton wrote:

To suggest that an electric Ghost will be noisier inside because there is no engine noise to drown out wind and road noise is quite possibly the stupidest thing I've ever read.

my thought exactly :) I wonder if what they meant is that the lack of engine noise makes the road and wind noise seem louder?

Bob Cat Brian 19 October 2021
oop north wrote:

eseaton wrote:

To suggest that an electric Ghost will be noisier inside because there is no engine noise to drown out wind and road noise is quite possibly the stupidest thing I've ever read.

my thought exactly :) I wonder if what they meant is that the lack of engine noise makes the road and wind noise seem louder?

And mine, what nonsense. Where is the journalists critical analysis before blindly repeating the manufacturers press release?