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D owners - Can you hear both motors whirr upon acceleration?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Tuan, May 30, 2015.

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  1. Tuan

    Tuan Member

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    At first, I thought I heard the front, but i think it's the rear. I don't trust my untrained ears. A friend of mine said he heard both motors emitting different pitches.
     
  2. Khatsalano

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    I can hear both in my D. The pitch is the same, but the front one is closer to our ears and seems less insulated, so I can hear it more, especially on deceleration. For comparison, go drive an S60 or S85. I test drove an S85 and it's definitely quieter.

    That said, I don't think my mission is to have a soundless car. I think the sound of electric whirr is integral to the EV experience. Hearing increasing volume of a warp-drive sounding thing as you apply power to your spaceship is very satisfying.

    - K
     
  3. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913

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    Having owned both an RWD and a D, I can definitely make out the distant whirr/whisper of the front. It's very subtle. I like the sound.
     
  4. Electric700

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    Love it :cool:
     
  5. Tdriver

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    Brand new 85D........I can only hear a slight whirr if the radio is not on.
     
  6. chriSharek

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    That's my wife's answer to everything. If you hear something rattling, just turn up the radio! She drives a Jeep Wrangler without doors . . .
     
  7. stevem

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    Yep, I can hear the same thing.... only when the car is very quiet.
     
  8. NoMoDinos

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    Same here! Mostly the front, though. One of the most beautiful sounds in the world to my ears :)
     
  9. LetsGoFast

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    I definitely hear them both. It works better for listening if you mash the pedal really fast.
     
  10. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    I hear the whirr but I can't say for sure where it's coming from. It's only really noticeable if I have the radio off or if I really get on the accelerator. It sounds like how cars from the future sound in the movies and I actually enjoy it!
     
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    I traded in my previous Model S for the P85D and I can definitely hear the whir from the front and rear on the D. It's most noticeable when the radio is off.
     
  12. Stiction

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    Same here. Faint. When punching it a sound like going to warp!
    Telsa: don't change a thing...
     
  13. EarlyAdopter

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    I can only hear the front motor. Back seat passengers have said they can only hear the rear.
     
  14. AlMc

    AlMc 'Senior Moments' member

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    Same here (hear!). I enjoy the sound. My next door neighbor has a Cobra....man that thing is LOUD!....I had him drive the D two weekends ago...he loved the sound....Probably he could actually hear his thoughts for the first time ever.
     
  15. Solarwind

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    I hear a very light whine up to about 50 mph under acceleration them nothing until 130mph, then a definite audible hum. I think both are from front? not sure.
     

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