2015-'16 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, GT350R Get Standard Performance Shift Light Indicator | Edmunds

2015-'16 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, GT350R Get Standard Performance Shift Light Indicator


DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2015-'16 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R will feature a standard Performance Shift Light Indicator to help reduce driver distraction, Ford announced on Thursday.

The special Mustangs will arrive at Ford dealerships later this year.

"Shift lights allow drivers to concentrate on the road in front of them, rather than watching a tachometer," Ford said in a statement.

The special indicator on the high-end Mustangs is a head-up display located in front of the driver. Drivers can set shift points, light intensity, select from three different modes or turn the feature off entirely.

The three modes are Tach, Track and Drag.

In Tach mode, amber LEDs light up sequentially from left to right as engine revs build. In Track mode, the LEDs light up from the outside ends to the center until the shift point is reached, then the whole LED bar flashes.

In Drag Mode, the LED light bar stays dark, then flashes repeatedly when the engine reaches a preset rpm threshold.

Distracted driving is called "a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways," according to the federal government.

In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distracted-driving crashes.

Automakers have been using a variety of technologies to help cut distracted driving.

The Shelby GT350 targets the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The Shelby GT350R competes with the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

Edmunds says: Professional racecar drivers have been using this kind of technology for years, so it's not surprising that Ford finally got around to offering a factory-installed system.

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