Whether it’s the roar of the engine, the aggressive design or the two-tone paint jobs, the Ford Mustang range is hardly renowned for its subtlety.
However, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT will break from tradition. Thanks to a new stealth mode it could keep drivers on their neighbours’ good side for the first time.
The new ‘Good Neighbour’ mode has a programmable Quiet Start feature, which enables drivers to set times of day when the rambunctious sound of the V8 engine is quelled.
When Quiet Start is engaged, the sound of ignition will be about the same as a dishwasher. That’s about 72 decibels, so unlikely to rouse the neighbourhood.
There’s also a quiet exhaust mode will keep the Mustang a little more discreet when pulling in at night.
If you want the added features, it’ll cost an extra $895 for the active valve performance exhaust option.
Ford says the Good Neighbour mode was the idea of Ford engineer Steve von Foerster. Steve had previously been harangued by a neighbour over his noisy auto.
“I love the sound of the V8, but it can be loud, and you can’t annoy people like that in your neighboirhood,” von Foerster said (via mlive).
“It sounds so cool, but I thought, ‘There has to be a way to give people more control over the engine’s sound.'”
Fastest Mustang ever
This year’s Ford Mustang GT will be faster than ever before. Thanks to a new Drag Strip mode, the sporty 2018 model can achieve 0-to-60 mph in under four seconds.
The emblematic vehicle offers a 10-speed automatic transition and has a redesigned 5.0-liter V8 engine. It is capable of hitting 460 horsepower, with 420 foot-pound of torque.
That new Drag Strip mode uses the SelectShift automatic transmission to optimise gear shifting. That results in a 0-60mph speed that bests a Porsche 911 Carrera by almost half a second.