The kids in this video show that these Power Wheels are still quite sturdy. They definitely don't go easy on the little cars.
Car-loving kids today have a ton of great options for awesome toys, and if they want to get around in style Ford and Fisher-Price are launching a Power Wheels Mustang that packs some serious tech. The blue or pink ride-on roadsters feature systems lacking on some full-size vehicles from just a few years ago, like traction control and a stability monitor.
The Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang takes styling inspiration from the latest V8 trim. In addition to looking the part, the ride-ons make the sounds of the actual engine, and the volume rises and falls with the vehicle’s speed. There’s even an auxiliary input for kids to plug in their own music for enjoying their favorite songs on the road – or at least the backyard.
Smart Drive is Power Wheels brand name for its first computer-controlled powertrain. Sensors monitor for wheel spin for assistance when driving over slippery services. Another watches the vehicle's tilt and shuts off the electric motors when there could be a rollover. Rather than being only on or off, the motors gradually build speed and decelerate. According to Fisher Price, this allows for "fast starts and short stopping distances."
A digital speed control should keep parents happy because an LED touchscreen lets them set the maximum speed between one and five miles per hour (1.6 to 8 kilometers per hour). There’s also a display for the battery sound system.
It doesn’t look like the extra tech makes the new Power Wheels any less rugged than their predecessors. In Ford’s video above, two kids take the ride-on Mustangs around a company building, and the pony cars take some serious punishment, especially in the outtakes. The young drivers are able to ram into pillars and hit each other, but the ‘Stangs keep going.
The Power Wheels Mustang goes on sale in December for $359.99, which means there’s time to get one for a future pony car enthusiast in your life before the holidays. The toy looks like a ton of fun.