If Ford fans have been making fun on the BMW faithful because of fake engine sounds, it’s time to eat some crow. That’s because the Blue Oval is using fake sounds piped through the speakers of the EcoBoost version of the 2015 Mustang. It seems the four-banger engine with turbocharging doesn’t produce quite the iconic, visceral engine growl or exhaust note that people have come to expect from the pony car, even if it does save them some gas.
Of course, those who know Fords well are already aware of the fact that the Focus ST uses an active sound generator to make it sound cooler than reality. While it wasn’t that big of a deal on a Focus, the Mustang is a sacred car that many look to as a symbol of American masculinity and raw freedom (all the Camaro fans can stop laughing now).
So what’s different about the sounds coming from the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost? First off, it smooths out the harsh sounds coming from the 2.3-liter engine, which are inevitable despite the forced induction. The active sound generator also captures some of the sounds made naturally by the engine and enhances them. The whole thing is controlled by the torque output from the engine, which is monitored in real time by an advanced computer processor.
If you don’t want the fake engine sounds, you might be able to eliminate them by installing a new sound system. The whole active sound generator is integrated into the car’s stock head unit. Keep that in mind if you do get the EcoBoost model. If you don’t want the contrived fakeness, you can still go with the V6 model or the GT and get the real thing.