Is your Ford Mustang making too much noise? Are your neighbours upset because of the roaring V8? Ford now has a solution! Apologies for making this sound like a low budget detergent advert, but the 2018 Mustang GT will come with a mode called 'Quiet' because frankly speaking the upset neighbours part of it is true. You can not but go roaring down your block in a Mustang, hence waking up babies. No sir, this just won't do. While most performance cars come with 'Sport Exhaust' mode that adds an extra roar to the exhaust note at the press of a button, including the Mustang GT, Ford has acknowledged the problem of too much noise. What the 'Quite' mode will do is cut down the engine's noise to almost half - from a food blender to the rumble of a dishwasher.
The idea for the 'Quiet' button came to the head of Ford's user experience team. Not that Steve Von Foerster thought his car was too loud, but the realisation hit him when his neighbours called the police after to fired up his Mustang Shelby GT350 one morning. In his case, the car must've been louder since the race-tuned GT350 is even noisier than the GT. His neighbour's police complaint gave Von Foerster the idea of finding a way to reduce noise on other Mustangs.
The 'Quiet' mode can easily be selected by the driver using the on-screen menu in the car. The mode can even be scheduled for specific times during the day, for example, during early morning hours.
There's another interesting mode on the 2018 Mustang called the 'Drag Strip' mode. It does what the name suggests letting the car shoot from 0-100 kph in under four seconds. It will also feature the 'Line Lock', which allows easy tyre-smoking burn-outs.
Considering that Mustangs are mostly bought by those who are fond of the noise and attention, another major factor in bringing the loudness down will be the driver who, if is in the mood for hooliganism, won't keep it quiet even at four in the morning. But we are not complaining.