2018 Mustang GT's 'Good Neighbor Mode' Lets You Have a Drag-Strip-Ready Racer Without Being 'That Guy'

For muscle-car drivers, there's nothing like the sound of a roaring V8—in fact, sports-car engineers are always using clever tricks to funnel sound into the passenger cabin. We want to hear it purr.

Unfortunately, your neighbors might not.

According to a recent poll on Ranker.com, engine revving is one of the most annoying noises neighbors make—second only to crack-of-dawn lawn mowing and barking dogs.

"I love the sound of the V8, but it can be loud, and you can't annoy people like that in your neighborhood," said Steve von Forester, head of Ford's user-experience team, whose neighbors once called the police over his loud Shelby GT350.

Based on his personal experience, von Forester helped develop Quiet Start for the 2018 Mustang GT. It allows owners to program times of day, like early morning or late at night, when the pony car should spring to life with less of a racket. They call it "Good Neighbor Mode."

This allows Mustang GT drivers to enjoy their car's drag-strip-worthy 460-horsepower V8 engine at full volume on the track, and leave the driveway without waking up any sleeping babies.

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