Ford is to start offering its Mustang with a 'Good Neighbour Mode', limiting exhaust noise of the muscle car.
The new mode will be available on 2018 model year Mustangs, and will have an industry-first timer to let owners to schedule when they want their car to be at its quietest – as well as its loudest.
Steve von Foerster, the former head of vehicle engineering at Ford, came up with the idea after he was pulled over by police because his Shelby GT350 Mustang was too loud.
He said: "I love the sound of the V8 but it can be too loud, and you can't annoy people like that in your neighbourhood.
"I thought 'There has to be a way to give more people control over the engine's sound.'"
Internally known as 'Good Neighbour Mode", it starts the engine as normal, but makes the exhaust much quieter. The Mustang also has different exhaust volumes for Normal, Sport and Track modes.
Quiet Exhaust and Quiet Start options are both available as part of an active valve performance exhaust system on the V8-powered 2018 Mustang GT.
The new car will also be Ford's fastest version of the car, with 460bhp and able to go from 0-60mph in under four seconds it is claimed.
By Ted Welford