Protect your HOA status: 2018 Ford Mustang GT gets ‘quiet’ mode
The 2018 Ford Mustang GT is getting an available multimode exhaust when deliveries start this fall. That’s good for the track and strip, but not great when you give your neighbor a 6 a.m. wakeup call day, after day, after day. That’s what happened to former head of vehicle engineering for Ford Steve von Foerster, whose neighbor called the cops after one particularly epic morning startup. Going forward, all the GTs (with the exhaust option) get a “quiet” mode for street driving AND a “Good Neighbor” mode, turning down the 460-hp V8’s volume to a dull roar on startup.
Good Neighbor mode can be scheduled for certain times of the day; 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. sounds good to us. A study by Ranker.com found that “loud engine revving ranks among the most annoying noises neighbors make, alongside other common nuisances including lawn mowers, power tools, barking dogs and band practice.”
“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,” said Matt Flis, Ford exhaust development engineer.
“When sounds get up into the upper-70-decibel range, that’s typically about when they start to bother people,” said Flis. “With quiet start activated, the decibel level of the new Mustang GT drops by about 10 decibels, to a much more comfortable 72 decibels – about the level of a household dishwasher.”
Along with quiet, the system includes normal, sport and track modes.
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