2015 Ford Mustang GT: Animals Agree — It's Loud
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 30, 2015
I came across the above scene while taking our 2015 Ford Mustang GT up my favorite road. The mountain pass has the perfect recipe. It winds and winds for miles heading to nowhere in particular, and it's empty on weekdays. It also has, free for use, an extended sonic amplificatory chamber.
The proper Loud Car Tunnel Test procedure calls for slowing down before entering. Second gear's good; you'll get a few clean, wide-open throttle gear changes.
It goes by quick in the Mustang. Almost a bark. In third, you get more time to listen as the engine works through the tach. You can hear the change in character, the nuances as the power swells. The Mustang develops a crackle above 4,000 rpm, and the solid bushing in the short shifter adds a high-pitched gear whine. (My girlfriend would later say it sounds like a rocket.)
Also, it’s hilariously loud. I emerged the other side of the tunnel quite satisfied with myself and the noise I'd produced. Others weren't as happy.
As I came around the next corner, I came across two rams. They were running away. Fast. They had heard what was bearing down on them. They didn’t know what kind of terrible and angry animal was quickly bearing down on them, and they certainly didn’t plan on being around when it showed up.
I slowed down and took a few pictures as they continued on, eventually climbing the hill and disappearing. I pulled over in a nearby car park to admire the view.
Sorry, I said to the rams.
But not sorry.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor