All 2018 Ford Mustang Models Get Line-Lock “Burnout” Feature

Courtesy: Ford Media Center
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All Ford Mustang models, including the EcoBoost versions have finally been gifted with the line-lock feature which allows almost anyone to pull off a burnout on the muscle car.

The line-lock feature was one of the biggest highlights of the new-generation Ford Mustang. While many who bought muscle cars wanted to do one of those tire-smoking burnouts, those who have tried do know that it isn’t as easy it is presented to be in films and YouTube videos. Ford’s line-lock system got rid of all the complications and allowed everyone to have the fun of smoking tires without being a pro.

When engaged, electronic line-lock builds up pressure on the front brakes and holds it for 15 seconds, during which the driver can floor the gas pedal to initiate a proper burnout. It’s a smart mass-production car adaptation of a system which is employed in drag racing machines to warm up rubber before their run.

But the manufacturer chose to keep the feature limited to the Ford Mustang GT models which came with the V8 powerplants. So the V6-engined variants and the 2.3-liter EcoBoost-powered Mustangs were left out of the party.

Ford Mustang
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Perhaps it has finally dawned on the carmaker that it’s the target audience of those models who actually want the feature more than anyone else. Which is why, Ford has now made the electronic line-lock system available across its entire Mustang model range. The feature will be available on cars equipped with the 10-speed SelectShift® automatic or the 6-speed manual transmission.

With more customers around the world opting for the Ford Mustang EcoBoost model, Ford found it sensible include the line-lock feature in that model as well.

Ford also went ahead and added to the instrument display system, a video game-esque animation sequence of a spinning wheel, churning a cloud of smoke. This sequence plays whenever line-lock is engaged and can be seen on those cars which come equipped with the 12-inch digital instrument display. It’s a bit too silly to have it playing on the screen and isn’t actually needed as nobody in the car will probably be looking at the display when a full-on burnout is in progress.

Ford Mustang
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Formula Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr. was roped in by Ford for a campaign which involved him letting random people get behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang EcoBoost to engage line-lock and have some fun burning rubber. The video is right above.