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Mustang GT has Option to ‘Hush the Growl’

While the growl of the mighty V8 in the new Ford Mustang GT is music to a car enthusiast’s ear, it can make the neighbors a bit testy, especially when you wake them from a sound sleep. That’s why Ford engineers developed a “quiet exhaust” mode for the 2018 Mustang, allowing drivers to tone down the noise until they get out on the open road. “I love the sound of the V8, but it can be loud and you can’t annoy people like that in your neighborhood,” said Ford engineer Steve von Foerster. “It sounds so cool, but I thought, ‘There has to be a way to give people more control over the engine’s sound.’” That thought came after a neighbor called the police on von Foerster, who avoided a ticket but started a discussion with fellow engineers. The result is a noise deadening system that keeps everyone happy. You’ll be able to test drive the 2018 Mustang soon at Chapman Ford in Scottsdale.

Programmable Noise Levels

The new Ford Mustang’s “Quiet Start” option features controls mounted on the steering wheel that allows drivers to select “quiet times” to start their vehicle. The Mustang will automatically deaden the noise upon startup at those times, allowing you to keep peace with the neighbors. It’s all part of the active valve performance system available on the new Mustang GT. It also allows different volumes for the exhaust system based on Track, Sport and Normal modes. “Active valve performance exhaust gives Mustang owners the best of both worlds – that classic Mustang sound, and the ability to not wake up your neighbors when you leave the house early in the morning or arrive home late at night,” according to Ford engineer Matt Flis.

Only One of Many Changes

The active valve performance exhaust feature is only one of many new changes coming when the new Ford Mustang arrives at Chapman Ford this fall. Along with a new design on both the exterior and interior, the new Mustang will offer a 10-speed automatic transmission, MagneRide automatic damping to improve handling and a totally digital 12-inch instrument cluster that will personalize how you receive vehicle information. Drag Strip mode is a new innovation that allows the new Mustang GT to go from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, faster than sports cars costing tens of thousands of dollars more. With the new Mustang, you can do that more quietly than ever before. “When sounds get up into the upper 70-decibel range, that’s typically about when they start to bother people,” according to Flis. “With quiet start activated, the decibel level of the new Mustang GT drops about 10 decibels.”


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