Engines that not only produce less noise but also provide good sound quality have been in increasing demand recently. Discomforting noise can sometimes be heard, however, during acceleration as the engine reaches higher levels of power and speed. This paper presents the results of a study into the bending vibration of the crankshaft-flywheel system, which clarify the mechanism producing discomforting noise during acceleration. Based on that study, a flexible flywheel has been developed which effectively reduces crankshaft bending vibration that is closely related to the frequency range of the discomforting noise. As a result, acceleration sound quality is greatly improved.