EcoBoost Mustang Fakes Engine Noise Through Its Audio System

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Well, well, well, it seems like not only new BMW M models (and the i8) artificially reproduce the engine noise through the car's speakers. As it happens, the Blue Oval kept quiet about this detail, but the info has been leaked only recently by an auto publication.
Testing a car doesn't mean just driving and doing a couple of burnouts at the lights. That's not a proper way to review a new car. And R&T's editor Jason Cammisa is one of those guys that tend to do more with a demo vehicle than just drive it from A to B.

During his test-drive of the 2015 Ford Mustang with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, Jason was curious enough to play with the pony's fuse box. Don't ask why. What you need to know is that he happened to remove the stereo's fuse and here's Johnny: the audio system went quiet, along with an artificial intake/exhaust noise that was droning in the cabin.

Furthermore, the real engine intake/exhaust notes went suddenly quiet after Jason disconnected the stereo's fuse. This finding made Autoblog reach a Ford official that confirmed Active Noise Control is this feature's name and it comes as standard on the EcoBoost Mustang. The turbocharged powerplant's electronic brain analyzes the torque output and then sends this data to the Active Noise Control system.

Editor's note: because it'll use the same 2.3L turbo'd mill, the next Ford Focus RS might get ANC as well.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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