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Horsepower hi-fi: 2010 Ford Mustang GT

Rather than try to muffle the sound of the 2010 Mustang's V-8, Ford engineers cooked up a special "pipe" to transmit the sound of good old American horsepower to the car's interior.

Buried in the midst of Car and Driver magazine's report on the 2010 Ford Mustang GT ($28,845) I spotted a reference to the engineers newfound awareness of sound. Not in the sense of a new multichannel sound system or iPod dock, no, Ford "pipes-in" the sound of the GT's 315 horsepower V-8 engine to the cockpit.

The specially designed pipe, dubbed a "Sound Induction Tube," transmits the sensual sounds of the Mustang's throbbing American V-8 muscle. In fact, the tube is fitted with a "Tuned Membrane" to provide just the right sonic splendor. Va-room! Not to worry, the Sound Induction Tube is a sound-only device, it doesn't vent engine odors or gasses into the cockpit.

2010 Mustangs are expected to hit the streets in March.