UK buyers will be treated to an enhanced driving experience from behind the wheel of their Ford Mustangs, as the world’s best-selling sports coupe has received a number of upgrades.
For starters, there’s a new Active Valve Performance Exhaust system that’s now available on 2.3-liter EcoBoost variants. Previously, you could only get this tech on 5.0-liter V8 models, which by the way now feature the Bullitt’s new rev-matching technology.
Other novelties include the B&O PLAY premium sound system with its 1,000 watts and 12 speakers, as well as vintage colors, which include Velocity Blue and Need for Green – joining the special edition Bullitt Dark Highland Green.
“Continuous improvement and innovation have been a huge part of Mustang’s success during the past 54 years, which includes 35,000 happy customers in Europe since first going on sale across the region in 2015,” stated Roelant de Waard, Ford of Europe marketing VP. “Our latest upgrades including rev-matching powertrain technology for sporty, precision gear-changes, and a premium 1,000-watt B&O PLAY audio system, deliver even more character and driving appeal for fans of this iconic car.”
Drivers can adjust their Active Valve Performance Exhaust settings using the Mustang’s drive modes – Normal, Sport, Track, Snow/Wet, Drag Strip, My Mode. A Quiet Mode option can also be programmed to limit the exhaust note’s noise output at certain times of the day.
Take the 450 PS 5.0-liter V8 of a spin and you’ll notice how the rev-matching technology will “blip” the throttle as you downshift, matching engine rotation speed to that of the selected gear.
As for the new sound system, audiophiles will be keen to know that it uses a dual-voice coil subwoofer, leading to a “deep, crisp bass”. Meanwhile, the high-performance three-way front door speakers allow for an even sound distribution throughout the cabin.