Here at Oversteer, we recently received a press release from Ford announcing the Mustang now has something called "Good Neighbor Mode." We receive a lot of press releases here, and we normally disregard them, but this one caught our attention — maybe because of the above image showing Ford executive Steve von Foerster standing in front of a Mustang and making a "shhh" motion. OK, what exactly is going on here?
Here’s what: Ford has released a new "Good Neighbor Mode" for the Mustang, which now allows owners of the Mustang GT to — this is completely true — schedule times of the day when their Mustang GT engine will be loud and times when it will be quiet, so it doesn’t wake up the neighbors. This comes after a recent poll ranked loud engine noises as "one of the most annoying noises neighbors make."
The way this works is exactly how you’d think: If you leave early or come home late, you can program specific times of the day for your Mustang GT’s exhaust to be quieter, which won’t disturb your neighbors. This goes beyond a standard active exhaust, as it offers more functionality, letting drivers not only quiet down their cars, but do so on a consistent, user-configurable schedule. "For example," says Ford’s press release, "between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., drivers can keep the peace by scheduling their car to start, minus the roar." Apparently, Ford’s PR team has never engaged in a 2 a.m. parking-lot rev battle.
Anyway, Ford says that Good Neighbor Mode — which will team up with a feature Ford is calling "Quiet Start" — will be offered as part of the optional active performance exhaust on the Mustang GT. Ford also says the functionality that lets you set your "quiet" times of the day is configurable through the gauge cluster screen using steering wheel buttons. Find a 2018 Ford Mustang for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.