Ask almost any driving enthusiast of a certain age about the sound of a Mustang G.T. going up through the gears. Without a doubt, they will get a faraway look in their eye, and a small smile will pass across their lips. They may be recalling the Boss Mustang they had in high school. They may be recalling the ’02 beauty they once washed in their driveway. For sure, they are recalling a sound as iconic as The Beach Boys’ Surfer Girl but with a lot more testosterone behind it.
Well, as announced by Ford Motor Company through MSN Autos, that sound is now available as a cell phone ringtone. Auto Week calls it a Coyote V8 for your pocket. We call it as often as possible, just because we like the sound.
How did Ford capture the sound? They did it in an old-school way. They recorded an actual GT. Ford sound engineers mounted microphones to its new Pony with active exhaust. The result is a clean-sounding piece of audio guaranteed to make Mustangophilesshiver.
Active valve performance exhaust is a system of valves that create the sound. The note is based on exhaust mode setting, rpm and vehicle speed. The driver can select from four different exhaust modes. Ford says each mode is “smooth and linear, even during rapid acceleration.”
The active valve performance exhaust system hasn’t been available on the GT before, but the 2018 Mustang will lift the lid on the new technology. The feature allows drivers to carefully tune their Mustang GT. One suspects the most popular setting will be “Damn, your car is super loud! You’re my hero!”
Smartphone owners of all stripes have access to the new ringtone. That way neither iPhone users nor android aficionados will have the jump on the other side. That’s a good thing because the Mustang is eternal.
Ringtone-schmingtone,” you say. “That sound makes me want to drive the real thing.” The local Ford store can do that for you, as well. The 2017 Mustang GT starts at $33,595 MSRP. The 2018 Mustang GT is expected to be at, or near, that price point.