Virtual reality is a bit of an over-used phrase. So far, it only really exists, perhaps, in hyper-expensive flight simulators.

We can get a taste of VR with googles and through the artificial feedback of console handsets, but really you need to be fully enclosed to get the real experience.

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And one place where we are fully enclosed is inside a car. Have no doubt, virtual reality is coming to a plush premium interior near you.

A couple of weeks ago I was pushed into the rear of a prototype 635d and driven around the Munich ring road. The car sounded like any other typical 635d – a sound I don’t find disagreeable.

Then the driver flicked a switch and the engine note changed to one more reminiscent of an M3. A refined, finely engineered sound. It was quite bizarre, but didn’t come across artificial. The new engine noise sounded entirely real.