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Active Exhaust available on 2019 Mustang EcoBoost Performance Pack 1
No matter the year or generation of a Mustang, they all have an unmistakable exhaust note. From early Mustangs, to Fox cars, New Edge cars, and even the latest S550s, you know a Mustang when you hear it. We strive to make our Mustang heard. We want others to hear us coming - and going. Exhaust mods are most often the first thing we do to our Mustangs. Ford engineers have to adhere to NVH standards, but as performance enthusiasts, we ain’t got time for that.
Thankfully, starting with the 2015 Mustang Shelby GT350…well, if you were lucky enough to own one, NVH standards and what we looked for in an exhaust note, collided. We had the best of both worlds with the active exhaust, but the technology was reserved for the GT350 at that time.
However, as is the case with Ford, that technology has trickled down to the 2018 Mustang GT, and now the 2019 EcoBoost Mustang. So now, even the Mustang GT and EcoBoost buyers can enjoy the benefits of active exhaust. When trying to be considerate of your neighbors, the “good neighbor mode” will keep them from calling the HOA on you, but with a flip of the switch, the exhaust opens up to let everyone know what’s under the hood.
“We’re probably the few engineers here who do not have to design to a number or a specification,” said Hani Ayesh, Ford exhaust development engineer. “Instead, we work to identify that signature sound DNA that connects drivers to the emotional expectation they have for a specific car.” It sounds like Ayesh is just like the rest of us because he goes on to say, “When I pick up my kids from school, they want to hear that growling rev of the engine, but my wife and neighbors, not so much. So I can select the quieter ‘good neighbor’ mode, and keep them happy, too.”