2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Gets Active-Valve Exhaust. This Is What It Sounds Like

Sound plays an important role in building an emotional connection to an automobile and Ford is giving us a closer look at how it developed the exhaust note for the Mustang.

According to the automaker, the company used a team of engineers to create “acoustic exhaust sounds that excite the senses and deliver a note of performance.”

As part of the development process, automotive sound engineers used computational analysis to design components such as the new active exhaust system that will be available on the four-cylinder turbocharged 2019 Mustang EcoBoost. It has electronically-controlled valves which are adjusted by a switch on the center console.

The system has three different modes including a normal setting which provides a sporty yet pleasant exhaust note. If drivers want something louder and more aggressive, they can simply put the car into sport or track mode. Finally there’s a quiet mode which is ideal for when you’re leaving early for work and don’t want to wake up the neighbors.

Interestingly, Ford exhaust development engineer Hani Ayesh said the company allows them to have quite a bit of freedom to determine what sounds good. As he explained, “We’re probably the few engineers here who do not have to design to a number or a specification. Instead, we work to identify that signature sound DNA that connects drivers to the emotional expectation they have for a specific car.”

Ford says the connection to sound and our reaction is called the autonomic response and it dates back to ancient humans who successfully learned to react quickly to loud and powerful sounds that mainly indicated danger. The company goes on to say this “fight-or-flight response to avoid danger was passed along in our DNA and hardwired into our minds and bodies.”


  • willhaven

    The Ecoboost sounds like ass compared to the two mighty V8s.

    • Jay

      Too much like a fart tube for me. I’ll take a bad pass on that.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      Nothing but absolute ass!

    • Benjamin B.

      I don’t know why anyone would get the Mustang EcoBoost over the Focus RS or Mustang GT. If you want a Mustang, get the goddamn GT. If you want the EcoBoost engine, then honestly the Focus RS will be much more fun than the EcoBoost Stang. The non-V8 pony car will leave you wanting more. Also, I’m all for a twin-turbo V-6 hybrid sports coupe, but I’m not sure it should be badged as a Mustang. Maybe it should be a Lincoln Mark-something?

      • OptixGuru

        Definitely something that Infiniti come up with (TT Hybrid V-6 Sports Coupe that is)

      • Kyle Newberry

        I think first would be price, second the RS rides awful, third would be RWD. The RS seats are set up wrong, and the interior is much crappier compared to the Mustang (which isn’t saying a lot). So you get a nicer car, RWD all for less money.

    • LeStori

      An ass is a wild donkey . Quite fiting that you are refering to the Mustang Eccoboost as an Ass.

      • willhaven

        lol nice

  • Nick

    inb4 the cancerous MUH V8 MUH SOUND comments

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  • SgtBeavis

    Meh, it isn’t total crap but it’s also kinda pointless to me.

  • eb110americana

    On this week’s episode of “Gotham,” Bruce Wayne’s 2018 Mustang GT (introduced last week in a bullet-proof flat black, of course) has a very forced moment of Ford sponsorship. Selina Kyle complains from the passenger seat about the loud exhaust, and then Bruce goes into the menu while we all painfully watch him step-by-step put the exhaust into stealth mode. Obvious product placement is obvious.

    • LWOAP

      It’s very annoying.

    • Benjamin B.

      I am disappointed in that episode. I like the program. I wish that episode didn’t have a bloody, goddamn Ford advertisement in it.

      • eb110americana

        I like the program, and I like the car. The whole thing just felt out of place and insulting to the viewer. Like if Bumblebee did a whole soliloquy in Transformers about the 3-level adjustability of his seat heaters.

    • OptixGuru

      Absolutely didn’t think it was real… But shocked reading this, great eye for catching that!

  • LeStori

    Mustang Eccoboost. The name tells it all. You are marked out as a loser. A fart tube makes it more so…

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