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The Ford Mustang is arguably the most iconic American automobile. Ford introduced it at the World's Fair in April 1964, and it's still going. According to MotorTrend, Ford developed the Mustang as a novelty vehicle with a shoestring budget. To celebrate the 60th birthday of the original Pony car, Ford has introduced an exciting new model: the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse.
But it's more than a ceremonial vehicle; the team at Planet Ford Dallas expects the Dark Horse to take its place in Mustang lore. While we don't know the production levels for the Dark Horse, it's a safe bet demand will be high. The early reviews are promising. Road and Track magazine got a limited look at the new car and called it a "new, forward-facing, high-performance, snot rocket." See us at Planet Ford Dallas to learn more about this exciting vehicle. We'll happily talk about auto history and more about the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse specs.
Engineers have outfitted the Mustang Dark Horse with a robust 5.0-liter twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) V-8 engine. MotorTrend describes it as Ford's potentially best-ever engine in the history of noteworthy engines. The Ti-VCT seems headed toward becoming the standard for street rods like the Dark Horse. MotorTrend says this is because the engine is all aluminum, making it light, powerful, and efficient.
Given the size of the Ford Mustang Dark Horse engine, the engine displacement falls on the higher side of the scale. The Dark Horse engine measures 307 cubic inches of displacement, putting some serious power behind your acceleration capabilities on the road.
The front suspension consists of double ball joint MacPherson struts with stabilizer bars and aluminum control arms. In contrast, the rear suspension is independent with coil springs and a stabilizer bar. Robust suspension helps ensure a smooth ride over bumps, potholes, or other road obstructions.
You can drive the Ford Mustang with peace of mind thanks to the car's robust portfolio of safety technologies, including a lane-keeping system with a driver alert, road edge detection, and a blind-spot information system. You'll also get ease-of-use features that include rear-parking sensors and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Use the rear-view camera for safe parking and backing out of driveways and parking spots.
The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse has a definite presence. The car is about 190 inches (over 15 feet) long and 56 inches (a little less than 5 feet) tall. The wheelbase measures 107 inches, slightly less than average for a midsize car.
You and your passengers can comfortably ride in the Dark Horse, with 44.5 inches of front leg room and 29 inches of rear leg room. The front headroom registers at 37.6 inches, and the rear headroom is slightly less at 34.8 inches. The total passenger capacity is 82.8 cubic feet, which puts the Mustang Dark Horse at the lower end of the subcompact category. But the car still provides plenty of room for your four passengers.
You can capture information about your vehicle on a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and access cellphone apps and other features via a 13-inch diagonal digital touch screen attached to the center stack of the Dark Horse Mustang. With Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, you can synch your cellphone to the infotainment screen, access navigation, podcast, radio, and other apps, and make hands-free phone calls.
As a sports car, the Mustang Dark Horse registers above average for cargo room, with an estimated 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space. That's enough for an average load of suitcases and presents as you head off for a holiday or birthday.
One of the Mustang Dark Horse specs you may wonder about is horsepower. With such a robust engine, you can expect plenty of horsepower. The Dark Horse generates 500 horsepower at 7,290 rpm and 418 lb-ft of torque at 4,900 rpm, supplying plenty of juice for your automotive adventures. Horsepower measures the capacity of the engine to put in the work.
The car comfortably seats four people and has a six-speed manual transmission. The Dark Horse engine features rev-matching, a technological approach that lets you raise the engine speed to match the lower gear. Utilize this feature to produce a smoother transition in downshifting around curves.
You can also order the Dark Horse engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission that uses paddle shifters on the floor. Paddle shifters are a mechanism that allows drivers to turn an automatic transmission into a manual one. Paddle shifters are levers attached to a steering wheel or column to allow for gear shifting using your thumbs, giving you greater control as you own the road.
Unsurprisingly, the power in the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse engine means giving a little back in fuel efficiency.
The new Ford Mustang Dark Horse gets 14 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway, translating into 17 mpg combined. That performance is consistent whether the Dark Horse uses an automatic or manual transmission.
Ford equipped the Dark Horse engine with both port fuel and direct injection methods for fuel delivery. Car and Driver notes that Ford has popularized this combined method that maximizes fuel economy and performance.
The team at Planet Ford Dallas is excited about the Ford Mustang Dark Horse. The 2024 model opens a new era in Mustang history, bringing advanced capabilities to the Pony car category. Ford is also developing the Dark Horse for professional racing.
The best way to decide if the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is for you is to see it in action. Call us or contact us online to arrange for a test drive. As a full-service dealer, we can also show you options to fit your driving needs, including new models of Ford sedans, SUVs, minivans, and trucks.