Ford has come up with a way to turn down the volume on exhaust noise levels – the "Good Neighbor Mode" featured on Mustang GTs, a posting on Fremont Motors' website said.
The 2018 Mustang GT's "Good Neighbor Mode" allows you to schedule times for the vehicle exhaust to be made more quiet. This works by valves that restrict the exhaust, dropping the sound from 82 decibels to 72 decibels. This could come in handy in urban areas where houses are close together, the posting said.
Ford engineer Steve Von Foerster came up with the idea after a neighbor called the authorities over the noise, the posting said.
“I love the sound of the V-8, but it can be loud, and you can’t annoy people like that in your neighborhood,” von Foerster said in the posting. "It sounds so cool, but I thought, ‘There has to be a way to give people more control over the engine’s sound.'"
The 2018 Mustang GT will offer different exhaust notes for Normal, Sport and Track modes, configurable by the driver. It will also offer Quiet Exhaust and Quiet Start features, the posting said.