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Nearly 70 Percent of 2024 Ford Mustang Orders Are for the 5.0L Coyote V8 Engine

Not surprising anyone, the fourth-gen Coyote V8 in the 2024 Ford Mustang is extremely popular in the pony car's first year on sale. Ford is currently sitting on more than 13,000 orders in the United States market, of which 67 percent are for the GT and punchier Dark Horse.
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According to Associated Press, the manual isn't exactly popular. A little over a quarter of the aforementioned orders are for the three-pedal transmission, which is exclusive to V8-powered trim levels. The EcoBoost comes exclusively with Ford's 10-speed automatic.

Ford calls the torque-converter automatic 10R, with 10 referring to the number of forward gears and R for rear-wheel-drive applications. As for the manual, did you know the GT and Dark Horse come with different transmissions? The GT features a Getrag-supplied manual, whereas the Dark Horse features a Tremec.

Alternatively known as the MT82, the Getrag is notorious for one too many issues. The MT82 replaced the Tremec-supplied T5 and TR-3650. As for the Dark Horse-specific Tremec, that one is dubbed TR-3160. Not exactly a coincidence, the previous-gen Mustang in Mach 1 flavor also sported the TR-3160 transmission.

The 2024 Mustang is the only car in Ford's lineup for the United States market. Pricing starts at $30,920 (sans destination charge) for the EcoBoost Fastback. The Dark Horse Premium, which cannot be had with a soft top, is a scarcely believable $63,265 at the moment of reporting. Both the Dark Horse and Dark Horse Premium are listed with limited availability for 2024.

What are you getting for your money? In the EcoBoost Fastback, the answer is quite a lot of stuff. SYNC 4 infotainment, a 13.2-inch touchscreen, a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster, automatic high beams, 17-inch wheels, and a limited-slip diff out back come standard, along with 3.15:1 rear axle gearing, leather on the gear shift knob, and a total of six audio speakers.

The only thing that boggles the mind is the vinyl steering wheel. Nobody likes cheap steering wheels, and vinyl clearly doesn't have a place in a sporty car like the Mustang. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost features the Dearborn-based automaker's Modular Power Cylinder engine architecture, which is why said powerplant is advertised as being all-new. In this application, the four-pot mill boasts 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet (475 Nm).

Moving on to the fourth-generation Coyote, this fellow differs in many respects from its predecessor. The biggest upgrades come in the form of dual intakes and throttle bodies. More air equals bigger bangs, hence the 480-horsepower rating of the GT. Opting for the sports exhaust results in 486 horsepower and a little more torque. According to Ford, the less restrictive exhaust system ups peak torque from 415 pound-feet (563 Nm) to 418 pound-feet (567 Nm).

The Mach 1-replacing Dark Horse also belts out 418 pound-feet on full song. With precisely 500 horsepower on deck, the Dark Horse is the most powerful road-going Ford Mustang in production as of August 2023.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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