The Mercedes-AMG exhaust is too noisy and not compliant with the regulations imposed by the European Union. The performance cars manufacturer must take all measures to meet the noise standards.
Mercedes-AMG is planning to make its cars quieter in order to comply with the E.U. standards. The head of product planning for AMG compact cars, Bastian Bogenschutz, confirms the issue and announces fans that cars outside Europe will also be delivered with a tuned down exhaust sound.
“It’s coming from the European regulations. We can [design specific exhausts] but it’s too expensive for every market to do it, it’s pretty difficult,” Bogenschutz explained on the launch event of the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.
The new regulations impose measurement of the loudest sound setting available in the cars’ menu. This will also restrict car makers that build quiet cars, but equip them with modes that make them extremely loud to enhance the driver’s emotions, by using special exhaust flaps.
Mercedes-AMG is not going to compromise the driving feeling of the owners, so the car maker will fit its cars with a sound enhancement system, thus ensuring the AMG-typical pure performance sound. Bogenschutz states that there will be no artificial sound amplifier, because the system selected by the car maker will be directly connected to the exhaust.
The first cars that are subject to the noise restrictions are the new Mercedes-AMG A 45 S and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S, introduced at the beginning of July.