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Re: V12 Starter Motor Sound -- Distinctive? (archive)

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Posted by Rich 1990 750iL on August 08, 2001 at 07:20:17:

In Reply to: V12 Starter Motor Sound -- Distinctive? posted by Jason Ferguson on August 07, 2001 at 15:22:05:

I had never heard the sound of the starter until I picked up my 750 from the shipping company (bought the car in TX, shipped it to MA). I turned the key and "Whhoooaaa"! I felt as if I had just strapped into a jet airplane. It was indeed a trip.

Does anyone know exactly why the starter-motor sound on the V12 is so distinctive? The other BMW models have the usual repeating-pulsing starter noise, yet the V12's have a solid, smooth crank-up sound. Is it just that the extra cylinders increase the number of pulses, and the extra number of pulses just smooths out what would ordinarily be a more staccato sound?

As well, I once thought that this sound was unique to the BMW V12. However, the Ferrari 456 V12 starts up with almost the exact same sound, as does the 2001 MB S600. Not sure about the previous generation MB S600.

So, any thoughts?

Jason F.

Here's a link to Odd-Jarle's 750 startup-sound . . .

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