New Ford Mustang comes with a ‘mute’ button 0

Neighbours of anyone lucky enough to have purchased the updated Mustang are likely to be sighing collective sighs of relief; it’s been revealed the new version of the muscle-car comes with a ‘mute’ button.

The ‘Quite Mode’ facility reduces the noise made by the car’s exhaust, which to those unfamiliar with the Mustang when it gets ‘down and dirty’, isn’t particular quiet.

There are only a handful of cars the world over capable of matching the throaty roar of the Mustang at full flow, and while acceptable on the race track is not quite so welcome after nine at night in a suburban cul-de-sac.

Ford’s former head of vehicle engineering, Steve von Forester, got first-hand evidence of this himself after his neighbours called the police on him as he reversed his Shelby GT350 Mustang out of his driveway one evening.

“I love the sound of the V8, but it can be loud, and you can’t annoy people like that in your neighbourhood,” said von Forester, who now leads 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.”

The experience prompted von Forester to get together with his fellow engineers and come up with the industry’s first ever ‘Quiet Mode’ or ‘Good Neighbour Mode’, as it’s unofficially known at Ford.

“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.

A recent poll by Ranker.com, put loud engine revving among the most annoying noises neighbours make, alongside other common nuisances including power tools, barking dogs and band practice.

“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.”

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

The new Mustang is available to buy now in the UK with prices starting at £33,645.

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