Modernize your S550 with a plug-and-play Android infotainment upgrade
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ultra Design
You might not be jealous of the Tesla’s electric motivation or its autopilot abilities, but take one look in the interior and you might turn green with envy. That massive touchscreen in the center stack really gives the interior of the it electric car an ultramodern feel. If you are lucky enough to own a 2015+ Mustang there is a company that offers an upgrade that will give your pony that same sort of space-age feel.
That company is Ultra Design and it offers a direct replacement upgrade for the S550 screen and controls that offers the power and flexibility of an Android tablet interface for all your infotainment needs. Better yet, putting the UltraDesign Viper Tech Mustang Screen in your Mustang is simple.
“The installation is easy. It’s plug and play,” James Wang of UltraDesign said. “Remove the dash and the stock screen and connect the wires for new screen. Usually takes around 30-40 minutes for installation.”
Essentially, the Viper Tech Mustang Screen integrates an Android tablet into the centerstack of a Mustang. Not only does it look more modern—and vastly superior to the 4.2-inch screen provided with the base audio system—but this system offers the flexibility offered by the Android operating system.
“The screen will maintain all the stock functions. The buttons on the steering wheel are still working and the reverse camera works also. The Sync system will be removed and will be powered by our system,” James said. “The air conditioner functions will control by the touchscreen. The radio is same, just control by the touch screen. Also you can load videos to the screen, and watch videos any time you want.”
Not only can you watch videos and control the audio and HVAC systems with the 10.4-inch screen, but you can also watch high-def videos and even run performance logging apps. It really opens up a lot of possibilities in addition to creating quite a conversation piece in your interior.
The UltraDesign-Viper Tech-Mustang Screen is available for both the 2015+ V-6/EcoBoost ($1,100) and Mustang GT ($1,200) but sadly it is not available for either Shelby GT350 model. You can preorder the V-6/EcoBoost and GT versions of the screen now and they should be available in short order, but that’s not all this company has in store for the S550 crowd. Ultra Design just released a carbon-fiber steering wheel and other parts are in development.
“Viper Tech is one of our products,” James added. “We will release an electronic control spoiler this week. Like Audi and Porsche, depends on different speed, the spoiler will automatic up and down. …It changes the whole trunk, inside and outside. It is all carbon.”
Would you like to easily replace your base 2015+ Mustang’s center stack controls and 4.2-inch screen with a 10.4-inch screen running Android 4.4? That’s the promise of the UltraDesign Viper Tech Mustang Screen.
Bring some of that modern Tesla flavor to your new Mustang with this plug-and-play mod from UltraDesign. It also you to use Google maps, streaming services, automotive performance apps right in your dash.
Available for V-6/EcoBoost and Mustang GT applications, the Viper Tech screen supplants your Mustang’s Sync system to control the infotainment and HVAC systems while adding the flexibility offered by the Android operating system.