On 718 - 2020 there is a different aktor and a different tune on the exhaust.
When I picked up my 718 this spring I ripped out the sound aktor fuse before even driving the car out of the showroom.
I have due to curiosity popped the fuse back in to see what it sounds like, this was prompted by a thread in here showing a stereo build on a faktory fresh 718 which had a different sound aktor than the model found in the earlier 718 models.
The reason I removed the fuse before even starting the car was that sound aktor that used to come on the 718 was identical to that in my 2018 Golf GTI, and I do not like the sound (or should I say resonating behaviour) of that model.
After seeing the design of the new sound aktor I became curious of how it sounded.
My guess what that if Porsche changes such an item it can only be to the better??
The original sound aktor looks mostly to be a linear motor which is bolted to the bulkhead and resonates/vibrates the bulkhead to create sound. This is not a good solution as it often sounds like some part of the body is resonating in a way it should not, and is often perceived as a drone.
The new model looks to have a trumpet, so my hope was that it is more like a speaker than a linear motor, the benefit of this is a more well controlled sound, which is what we want (if we want fake sound at all).
After driving with the fuse back for a couple of weeks my impression is that the new sound aktor is very subtle, and has none of the resonating/droning nature of the sound aktor in my GTI.
I must say that I currently have not been tempted to rip out the fuse again, which I am kind of surprised about.
I think it would be very interesting to drive two identical 718's of different years (i.e. different sound aktor models) back to back to better be able to hear the difference of the two models.
I would of course also appreciate any feedback from someone who has experience with both sound aktor types to hear what they think as I have only very little experience with the old sound aktor in a 718 (test driving prior to ordering).
For reference 99% of my driving is top down, sports mode and PSE on.