2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Runs With a Familiar Formula

2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Runs With a Familiar Formula The Ford Mustang 2024 Dark Horse turns up the heat as a high-performance street and track-focused version of the Mustang GT. It’s powered by a 500-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 that hits the half-millennium mark without any help from a supercharger or turbocharger. Similar GT-Plus packages to previous Mustangs, such as the Mach 1, aim to make the Mustang GT the ultimate weekend track gamer, a dual-purpose street and track car, and Ford says the Dark Horse with the available handling package is the most-capable 5.0-liter (meaning, GT, not Shelby) Mustangs at all.

2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Runs With a Familiar Formula

Dark Horse features an improved suspension with standard Adaptive MagneRide shock absorbers, unique aerodynamic tuning and internal engine components borrowed from the Mustang Shelby GT500. There’s also a handling package available for an extra layer of power with wider wheels, wider Pirelli Trofeo tires for track use, and springs Stiffer, stiffer anti-roll bars. A similarly styled package has been introduced since the 2018 Mustang GT and has been improved over the years, with a similar approach to the handling package.

We are impressed. The 2018 Mustang GT with Level 2a Performance Package 2018 BMW M4 in the hands of a professional track driving instructor in our comparison test when we were first introduced to this GT-Plus formula. For 2024, Dark Horse comes with a Tremec six-speed manual transmission, also used in the car, which was borrowed from the discontinued Shelby GT350, while a 10-speed automatic is available. Lightweight carbon fiber wheels are also available on the Shelby GT350 and GT500 models in the Dark Horse, a first for a non-Shelby Mustang.

All of these goodies are shown in the restyled 2024 Mustang with its new design and restyled interior with large touchscreens and. The Level 2 Performance Package debuted in 2018 as a budget-friendly weekend track car at around $45,000, but the price went up in 2021 to around $58,000 for similar capabilities from the Mach 1 with the Handling Package. Will this path continue in the 2024 Dark Horse Mustang? We’d love to see the Dark Horse buck the trend, but there’s no price available when it debuts at the 2022 North American International Auto Show. We should know more about when the 2024 Mustang will go on sale in the summer of 2023.

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