The 2020 BMW M235i Gran Coupe has fake engine noise pumped into the cabin. Pretty much every new BMW does at this point. Customers want a loud, sweet sounding engine at full throttle and a silent cabin on the highway. Those goals run counter to each other, so therefore, we get BMW Active Sound.
In years past, there’s been no way to manually take control over the level and kind of sound coming into the cabin. Enthusiasts were left to deal with the fake engine noise, or find a way around it. That’s changing, because BMW has hidden away a setting that lets you change the level of engine noise fakery you hear on the interior. Multiple menus deep is a setting labeled “Engine Sound.” From here you can select Reduced, Balanced, Sporty or Depending on Driving