Sitting at the very top of the new-gen Ford Mustang range until the new Shelby arrives anyway, the Dark Horse uses the naturally aspirated V8. It is the same 5.0-liter unit that powers the normal GT variants of the pony car, and on this grade, it boasts a bit more power.
Instead of the 480 horsepower (487 ps/358 kW) produced on the GT, the V8 develops 500 hp (507 ps/373 kW) at 7,250 rpm here, 100 rpm higher. The thrust has gone up by three pound-feet (4 Nm) to 418 pound-feet (567 Nm) and is deployed at 4,900 rpm. Everything gets transferred to the rear axle via the standard six-speed manual transmission. The three-pedal unit is limited to the GT and the Dark Horse, which can also be equipped with the ten-speed auto as an option.
Topping the 2024 Mustang lineup in terms of pricing is the Dark Horse Premium. This version of the muscle car has an MSRP of $63,265 attached to it. The normal Dark Horse is a bit more affordable at $59,270. The GT Premium Convertible, GT Premium Fastback, and GT Fastback follow in this order, with respective MSRPs of $52,515, $47,015, and $42,495. The EcoBoost Premium Convertible, EcoBoost Convertible, and EcoBoost Premium Fastback start at $41,945, $39,020, and $36,445, respectively. As for the most affordable 2024 Mustang, it is the EcoBoost Fastback, with its $30,920 MSRP.
Now, we already found out what the new-gen Mustang is all about. It is pretty much an evolution of its predecessor, with Ford calling it the most dynamic of its kind ever, with evolutionary looks defined by sharp creases at both ends, a dual-screen taking center stage inside, slightly better build quality, and an updated version of its predecessor's platform beneath the skin. In this case, we get to see what the Dark Horse feels and sounds like on the open road, with the occasional abuse of the right pedal.
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