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2024 Ford Mustang Debuts As Redesigned, High-Tech Pony Car

The all-new, next-generation 2024 Ford Mustang is one of the more hotly anticipated new vehicles in recent memory, one that we’ve been waiting on quite literally for years now. In the meantime, we’ve been treated to multiple spy sightings, leaks, rumors, and a hefty dose of speculation, as well as teasers of the pony car’s V8 engine, the GT’s badge and trunk with some special luggage inside, its start/stop button, an interactive wake-up call, and a possible sound clip of the new Mustang GT3 racer. Now, the big moment has finally arrived, and we’ve learned everything there is to know (for the most part) about the new 2024 Ford Mustang.

Perhaps most notably, the S650 retains its familiar long hood, short rear decklid design and the basic shape we’ve become accustomed to since the S197 debuted in 2005, but Ford has given it sharper, more modern lines, along with a distinctive styling treatment for base EcoBoost-powered pony cars and the GT. However, there are plenty of heritage elements present too, including the upper grille, which was inspired by the first-gen cars from the 1960s, as well as the familiar tri-bar LED headlights and taillights.

The GT features a larger, more aggressive front grille than EcoBoost models, while both cars feature a roofline optimized for helmets, an extended rear deck, a redesigned rear diffuser, new hood vents, and a revised front splitter. Convertible models get one-touch soft top operation, while 11 exterior colors are available – including two new hues – Vapor Blue and Yellow Splash. Customers can choose between multiple new stripe colors and designs, three Brembo brake colors – Grabber Blue, red, and black – as well as new wheel designs ranging from 17 inches to 20.

Additionally, the new Mustang Design Series offers buyers more customization options direct from the factory, including the new Bronze Design Series Appearance Package, which is available on both EcoBoost and GT models and includes Sinister Bronze wheels and badges. Furthermore, an optional Performance Pack for both models adds a host of upgrades including a Torsen limited-slip differential, a strut tower brace, optional MagneRide suspension, larger Brembo brakes, and wider wheels and tires. The GT Performance Pack also includes brake ducts, an auxiliary engine oil cooler, and optional Recaro seats and an active exhaust.

Speaking of performance, the Ford 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost will once again serve as the base engine, though FoMoCo notes that it’s “all-new,” but stopped short of providing any more details. The same rings true for the Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote powerplant, which is the fourth-generation version of that powerplant and will utilize dual throttle bodies and a dual air intake box, which will help make it the most powerful naturally-aspirated Coyote-powered Mustang ever – though Ford stopped short of revealing any numbers just yet.

Both the six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic transmissions will continue to be offered on the S650, which has received a host of additional tweaks including quicker steering ratios, standard rev-matching for manual models, an electronic drift brake – which promises to make drifting incredibly easy – and the new Remote Rev feature, which allows owners to rev up the new Mustang remotely using the key fob.

Hop inside the cabin, and it’s pretty clear that Ford gave the S650 a massive overhaul inside, giving it a fighter jet-inspired cockpit with a flat-bottom steering wheel, a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster, and a new Sync 4 powered 13.2-inch infotainment screen – which are based on the same Unreal Engine 3D creation tool used to make modern video games. Those screens are highly customizable and can also be configured to flow seamlessly together, as both reside behind a single piece of glass.

The all-new 2024 Ford Mustang is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2023, and will continue to be produced at the Flat Rock Assembly plant in Michigan.

We’ll have more on the S650 Mustang soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Kevin O’Hara

    Nice scoop on the news flash!

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  2. COBRA THERAPY!!!

    This thing looks TERRIBLE on the outside!!!

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    1. mus turd

      ditto

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  3. John

    I love it! Thank you Ford! Improved the looks over the current generation, especially the rear-end. Solid V8 music. That gray GT looks incredible! This looks to be my next daily driver, if dealers don’t price them over MSRP.

    Again, THANK YOU FORD!!!

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  4. eltoro1

    Did Ford use the Camaro interior design team of Fisher-Price & Chevrolet?

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    1. Bronco22

      Why not, they took their exterior styling cues from the Camaro. The dash is an abomination. How could they do such a great job on the Bronco and completely screw the pooch on what could be the last ICE Mustang. Very disappointed in Ford on this one. I just saved a bunch of money because I am going to take a pass on this one.

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      1. Stalkbroker94

        I expected to find a luddite comment like this. You weren’t saving up for this one and the dash is fine. Just say you’re not a fan and move on.

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        1. iLuvGM

          Haters are going to hate, it’s what they do, it’s in their DNA.
          I’m team Chevy/GM and have always preferred Camaros over Mustangs. But even I have to give credit where it’s due, the S650 Mustang is the most beautiful car I’ve ever seen to this date. Lets see if GM responds with a 7th gen Camaro, if not the S650 will be my next car.

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  5. Sayswhatotherpeoplethink

    So far, I think it’s pretty good and like a lot cars that just debut, I think the looks will grow on folks. Only negative for me is the Pontiac plastic nostrils on the GT. A 500hp V8 and a 6 speed has great appeal to this boomer!

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  6. Ford Fan

    The exterior looks like it’s electric cousin, Mach-E.

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  7. Arrowbear Rider

    The first photos I thought the front looked too busy and the sharp edges in the rear quarter panel looked a bit Camero to me and the back end looks like the taillight bar across the back was indented out of proportion to the rest of the rear end. I kept thinking maybe better in person.

    I think in the last photo. the gray one in the back, from that angle it looks more like a Mustang that’s been refined and could have been the offspring of a Aston Martin and the last Mustang with some DNA of a Mach E. Ford Fan is right, especially the taillights section across the rear; that sharp indention across the rear is very much like the Mustang Mach E.

    I just need to see that busy front end in person to see how much it distracts from the positives.

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  8. Chuck Cabanaw

    Im disappointed!!! It looks like an old Chevy Camaro in a bad way.

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  9. NCEcoBoost

    Big step down from the current version. Where have all the good designers gone? To the moon, I assume. Front and rear are a mess, side looks either Japanese or too Camaroesque and the dash looks like the teenybobbers at Hyundai/Kia designed it. That dash will be a great excuse for the next round of Cars&Coffee disasters. “I was distracted by all these darn screens beeping at me!”. You KNOW it’s coming, about a week after they go on sale. Spending too much time on these ridiculous EVs, clearly. Pull it and do over.

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  10. Don A

    My biggest gripe is the interior. I hate the new trend with touchscreens that are not integrated into the dashboards. “Sticking on” flat panels is lazy. Love the the idea of digital screens, but why the cant be integrated into the dash behind some gauge binnacles. Give it some style!!!

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    1. ‘19GT/CS

      I think the glare of reflected sunshine off this display will be terrible.

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  11. Mike says..

    As good a transition as I have ever seen. Keeps fundamental design elements while stepping up touch points in a modern cohesive way. I like it a lot. Some of the criticisms sound like a bunch pre-adolescent 13 year old boys not yet into their first car…too funny!

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  12. Larry S.

    Soo disappointing! I get it the performance is great as usual… what a fail on design 😪

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  13. Gary B

    Don A is spot on. The dash looks Iike glued on iPads rather than an integrated package. I’m not sure what I think of the tail lights yet but not a good first impression. Overall, a little disappointed especially given the year long delay in the launch.

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  14. Larry S.

    Now that it’s been revealed…
    They should’ve left it covered up 😪

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  15. MERLIN BALKE

    Looks great. A home run by Ford.

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    1. iLuvGM

      Ford slammed this out of the park, home run. The S650 is DROP DEAD GORGEOUS.

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  16. JT

    The long straight line created by the screens in the interior is really awful. GM is at least doing nice curves on theirs that look much better integrated.

    The outside is nice to my eyes, except the tails now that I got a better look from the pics in my this article. As someone else noted they look ill-proportioned to the rest of the lines. A rear Spoiler seems to be necessary to help that look better. The rear qtr panels scream Camaro to me. I do appreciate the lower shoulder belt and roofline though.

    I do wish they would have went with the rumors of hybrid and awd though. That would have been a complete game changer for me. I could have truly considered this for my next daily driver all year long. But a 480+ hp RWD car even on winter tires sounds like a bad idea.

    The presentation itself was actually the worst part. Lacked tons details, way too much talking to people I don’t care about, poor flow and presenters that seemed awkward. Ford should have watched the Tim Kuniskis over at Dodge more closely. That guy did a fantastic job hyping the crowd and the cars.

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  17. what

    I don’t know how ya’ll see a Camaro in this

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    1. John

      I think it’s probably the rear quarter panel that looks Camaro-ish. Other than that, it looks like a more aggressive S550 GT to me, and that’s a good thing in my book. Again, especially the rearend and taillights, HUGE improvement over the ugly euro S550’s.

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      1. iLuvGM

        yea the rear has Camaro shapes, and the Dark Horse has a Camaro-esque front fascia. But it’s still clearly a Mustang. Sure people are going to crack jokes that Mustang and Camaro had a baby called the S650, but damn that’s the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen.

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  18. Kevin James

    Overall, I think the exterior design looks pretty good; though the front-end is way too ‘busy’ and reminiscent of so many of the asian manufacturers’ overwrought designs.
    The previous commentor who called it ‘Pontiac-esque’ made me laugh.

    The interior? No thanks. Looks like it would be right at home in a Corolla.

    Am lovin’ everything about my new Maverick though…Ford hit it out of the park with that one!

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  19. Murf

    Well Team Ford, no thumbs up from me. You get bonus points for keeping the V8 and ICE configuration in a 2 door coupe but that’s it. Looks like a morphed car from 3 other manufacturers, names already identified by previous posters. The Mustang signature “dual cockpit” look has been given up to humor the millenial and younger tech crowd. Just HAVE to get that big screen TV angled towards the driver don’t we? OVERJOYED that I took delivery of my new 2022 Mustang Premier Convertable in May. Much “sleeker and sexier” than the chopped up thrown together new styling. Sorry Farley….👎

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  20. Murf

    Must be too many negative comments and feedback. My post is “being moderated”. Simple thumbs down from me now!

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  21. MarkV

    Would have made more sense to utilize the platform to include (in addition to Mustang) a proper Lincoln LS in both sedan and convertible sedan to help spread the costs.

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  22. LFX323HP

    In my mid 50’s now, and I much prefer the 2015+ S550 to this one. It’s obvious they are trying to appeal to the “phone/tablet” generation with the interior and exterior and that’s fine, but for me, No thanks.

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  23. Lee

    I like the ‘7 inspired front clip however, it does not fit with the rest of the car. The redesign is a disappointment. I was hoping for a redesign evolving the Fox Mustang.

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  24. WhoHeWhatsit

    The 2024 Chevfordolet Musamaro

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  25. Stalkbroker94

    You can always tell who the old people are in the comment sections. They’re the same ones that act like they’re ever going to buy one. Sorry a touch screen is so hard for you to work and understand. Maybe if you guys spent less time complaining and more time learning, you could actually form a reasonable opinion.

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    1. GarretJ

      How much will it cost to replace the touchscreen when all the sensors quit working? If you can find new sensors

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      1. Stalkbroker94

        The same as it’s taken to replace any touch screen in previous models since Ford started putting them in vehicles.

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  26. StellarOne

    The Charger Daytona Concept is breathtaking and passionate. Looks to become the pony car best seller.

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    1. John

      I applaud Dodge for the effort and thought they put into that car, but EV’s will be a tough sell in this segment. The reception wasn’t what they had hoped for.

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