Being a Good Neighbour with the 2018 Ford Mustang GT


The 2018 Ford Mustang will come with a "Good Neighbor Mode", which will set out to do exactly what the name entails.

"Active valve performance exhaust gives Mustang owners the best of both worlds - that classic Mustang sound, and the ability to not wake up your neighbours when you leave the house early in the morning or arrive home late at night", said Matt Flis, Ford exhaust development engineer. But the Mustang, in what Ford says is an industry first, also will have an electronic Quiet Start control mode that lets you program times when the exhaust automatically will be hushed - say, 11 7 a.m.

"I love the V8 sound, but it's loud, and you can't annoy people like that in your neighborhood", said Von Foerster, who now heads Ford's user experience team in product development.

"It sounds so cool, but I thought, 'There has to be a way to give people more control over the engine's sound'". Ford lays out an example of a driver programming their vehicle to start quieter between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. if they so chose.

The mode can be selected at any time by the driver using an on-screen menu or the auto can be programmed to turn "Quiet mode" on and off at specific times.

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Neighborhoods across the country should be thrilled.

According to a recent poll by digital media firm, loud engine revving ranks among the most annoying noises neighbors make. He started his GT350 up early one morning and a neighbor, disturbed by the noise, put their morning cup of coffee down and called 911 on him. The Quiet mode lowers the 5.0-litre V8's roar to 72 decibels, a drop of about 10 dB compared to Normal mode.

The result was a "quiet start mode" and a "quiet exhaust mode" both of which Ford said can be pre-programmed to occur at different times of the day.

Other tech that features on the new Mustang included a 12-inch instrument cluster, Magna Ride damping system and SYNC Connect with FordPass.

The 2018 Ford Mustang GT is being touted as the automaker's fastest version ever, as it will make 460 horsepower, 420-pounds of torque and go 0-60 miles per hour in less than 4 seconds.