US versions the facelifted Ford Mustang fitted with the 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine will gain the tyre warming electronic electronic line-lock feature as standard.
The feature will be fitted on all Mustang models regardless of whether they are equipped either a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic.
Electronic line-lock is intended only for use on racetracks, and was only previously available on V8 Mustangs.
The facelifted Mustang’s 12.0-inch LCD instrument screen also gains a “video-game-like animation of a spinning alloy wheel kicking up a cloud of smoke” whenever electronic line-lock is activated.
To promote the availability of electronic line-lock on EcoBoost Mustang models, the company filmed people off the street trying out the feature.
Engaging line-lock requires the driver to use steering wheel buttons to access the appropriate menu item. Once started the system builds up pressure to the front brake callipers.
With another button press, the rear brakes are disengaged, and pressure on the front brakes is kept for a further 15 seconds, allowing the driver to mash the throttle and fry up the rear tyres with the car held safety in situ.
Jasmine Mobarek, Ford Australia’s communications manager, has informed CarAdvice the company has no news to share about the Mustang facelift, with specifications for the updated pony car due to be announced closer to its local launch.
Given official and public attitudes towards hooning, it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing electronic line-lock appear on the spec sheet of Australia-bound Mustangs any time soon.