“Even music sounds better in the 2015 Ford Mustang,” crows the headline from Ford’s PR people. Hyperbole? Maybe not.
The press release from Ford said three audio systems will be available in the 2015 Ford Mustang: A standard six-speaker setup, a premium nine-speaker system that features an eight-inch touchscreen, or a 12-speaker ShakerPro setup that includes a trunk-mounted subwoofer.
Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak said, “As our team developed this Mustang, the goal was to improve the car’s fidelity in every respect – from the way it slices through a corner to the way the audio system reproduces the sound of favorite driving songs. The process of rebuilding this car from the ground up allowed us to improve all aspects of the driving experience.”
Ford said it knows the basis of a good car audio setup is found a lot deeper-down than in the head unit and speakers. To wit, the release said much focus was given to tightening up the car’s structure and reducing noise. Reportedly, the 2015 Ford Mustang will be 28% more resistant to twisting forces on its body than the outgoing model, which the release said is an important consideration in eliminating noises that happen when, say, you hit a bump in the road. Acoustic conditioning within the interior also is enhanced by the 2015 Ford Mustang’s sleeker, wind tunnel-honed shape that reduces wind noise, the release said.
Ford Multimedia Systems Supervisor Joe Kafati said, “With a fundamentally quieter baseline to work from, we had a better acoustic environment to tune the audio systems in the new car. The reduction in ambient noise enabled us to achieve the same sound pressure levels in the cabin with much less power and distortion.”
Ford said the stronger, more-rigid doors used on the 2015 Ford Mustang enable use of thinner 6.5-inch speakers that don’t need as much travel to produce comparable sound levels, which results in a higher-fidelity midrange and bass sounds.Two 6.5-inch full-range speakers are mounted in the rear package shelf of the fastback or in the rear quarter panels of the convertible, Ford said.
More details about the up-optioned audio systems from the press release:
Both available premium audio systems add a front center speaker mounted in the top of the instrument panel for improved vocal and speech clarity. These systems add a separate 8+1-channel amplifier, and use powerful neodymium magnet speakers to help reduce weight while improving overall sensitivity and sound reproduction. The mid-range nine-speaker system adds a second speaker to each door, separating the low and mid-range frequencies for improved fidelity.
Stepping up to the top-end Shaker Pro system that is available on Mustang EcoBoost Premium and Mustang GT Premium brings 12 polymer cone speakers, with a pair of coaxial tweeter/woofers in the rear, plus a trunk-mounted subwoofer for maximum bass response. The subwoofer has been repackaged to fit into the rear corner of the trunk, leaving more space for cargo. Even with the Shaker Pro audio system, the 2015 Mustang convertible can still accommodate two large golf bags, or everything you would need for a weekend getaway.
Kafati said, “We took advantage of our new acoustics lab to tune the equalization modes for each system to provide improved clarity across all frequency ranges and in different driving conditions. The lab provides us with a consistent baseline for measuring the response of audio systems with a wide variety of music and spoken word content.”
The lab reportedly allows Kafati and his colleagues to take objective measurements of the sound system’s performance and acoustic qualities. Listeners are also brought in to evaluate sound quality from each seating position, the release said.