As much as we all love the sound of a burly V8 cracking and spitting to life after a cold start, not everyone in this world shares our sentiments. Even enthusiasts can be undone by a noisy car at the early hours of the morning. Ford has come up with a solution on the new 2018 Mustang GT. Its so-called “Good Neighbor Mode” allows owners to start their cars at a relatively sedate noise level. This should help prevent any noise complaint calls to local constabularies.
The optional mode works like any active exhaust system. When you select Quiet Mode or Quiet Start, a set of baffles in the exhaust system close, dropping the sound to about 72 decibels. Ford says that’s about 10 decibels less than the standard Mustang GT. A lot of cars offer similar systems, though the Mustang has a bit of a party trick: scheduled quiet hours. For example, an owner can set the exhaust to automatically switch to quiet mode from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Switching to and scheduling Quiet Mode is just like changing to any of the other exhaust modes. Cars with the 4-inch screen can find the mode in the settings menu. Those that opt for the upgraded 12-inch digital instrument cluster find the setting in the pony menu. Once you’re out on the open road, you can simply switch it back to Sport mode like any blue-blooded American.
Ford’s 2018 Mustang online configuration tool is live, and because of that we now know the new Mustang’s pricing. The four-cylinder EcoBoost is $610 cheaper than it was in 2017, and $500 more than the discontinued V6 model, with a total of $26,485. V8-powered GT models see significant price increases for the new year, up $1,900 to $35,995. Choosing the convertible body style on the new Mustang costs $5,500 more than a comparable 2018 coupe.
As mentioned yesterday, the extra cost of the 2018 Mustang does net some impressive performance gains. The EcoBoost Mustang’s torque figures rise by 30 pound-feet to 350, while the horsepower remains at 310. Both power and torque rise in the Mustang GT. Power is up to 460 horsepower, and torque is up to 420. The former figure is also greater than the Mustang’s long-time rival, the Camaro SS.
The 2018 Mustang will begin arriving at dealers this fall. In the meantime, you can spec out your dream Mustang using the Ford configuration tool.
The F-150 has one, and so does the Chevrolet Camaro. Now it appears the Mustang will also get a 10-speed automatic transmission. By way of Mustang6g.com, a dealership employee spotted the 10-speed in a drop-down menu for Ford’s online parts catalog. It suggests the gearbox will be one of the powertrain options in a future Mustang. This information has not been confirmed by Ford, so we can’t offer any more details beyond a “yeah probably” hunch. Speculation also posits that the new transmission will find its way to the Mustang for the 2018 model year.
The 10-speed automatic found in the F-150 and Chevy Camaro is part of a joint venture between GM and Ford. As part of the deal the automakers will share designs for two transmissions: a front-drive 9-speed headed up by GM and a Ford-based design for the rear-drive 10-speed. Ford says the new transmission offers more efficiency due to wider gear spacing and from reduced drag. Chevy, for its part, says the 10-speed in the Camaro ZL1 shifts faster than Porsche’s PDK.
We’ve reached out to Ford for confirmation, but the company typically does not comment on future product speculation. As such, it’s anybody guess which Mustang models could receive the new gearbox.