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2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Drops Six-Speed Manual

The all-new, next-generation, S650 2024 Ford Mustang debuted last night, and as one might expect from such a historic unveiling, there’s a lot to digest, even if we don’t yet know how much power the new pony car is making or how much it will cost. One of those tidbits that seemingly slipped through the cracks is the fact that the 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost will not be available with a six-speed manual transmission, as FoMoCo told Ford Authority at the car’s launch event.

Buyers were able to get the six-speed manual with the S550-gen EcoBoost Mustang, but it seems as though not enough opted to row their own gears to justify keeping it. Thus, the 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost will only be available with the 10-speed automatic transmission, even though Mustang GT buyers can choose between it or the six-speed manual, while the brand new Mustang Dark Horse is equipped with either the automatic or a Tremec six-speed manual.

The Dark Horse – which has inspired an entirely new line of pony car racers – will also be the most powerful naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote powered pony car to date with a targeted 500 horsepower, and it features a slew of additional upgrades including GT500-derived connecting rods, brake cooling ducts, an auxiliary engine cooler, a rear axle cooler, a lightweight radiator with improved cooling fans, and unique interior and exterior styling cues.

As far as the regular pony car variants go, both the EcoBoost and GT S650 Mustangs get unique styling treatments that differentiate one from the other, as well as optional Performance Packs that add a host of additional upgrades. The Ford 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost present in the base model has received enough changes that FoMoCo calls it “all-new,” while the fourth-generation Coyote features dual throttle bodies and a dual air intake box.

We’ll have more on the S650 Mustang soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and around-the-clock 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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  1. iLuvGM

    I’m more excited to see the full specs reveal of the S650 Ecoboost than the GT or Dark Horse. If the S550 Ecoboost is doing 0-60 in 5.1-5.5s, this new improved S650 Ecoboost should have some good numbers….. Most people who buy Ecoboosts use them as daily drivers, personally I’d pay for the 10 speed auto over the 6 speed manual anyways, but now the 10 speed comes standard.

    1. Dave

      I agree. I love the V8’s but the EcoBoost is a fun, reasonably practical sporty car in its own right. I have the 2019 model and like it very much. I just drive it sensibly and go conservative on the oil change interval.

  2. Sue

    What colors will the ecoboost come in please
    I agree
    I use mine as my daily drive

  3. truth speaker

    so much for the “save the manuals” they kept saying on reveal night.

    1. iLuvGM

      the manual comes standard in the GT or higher trims. I think most people who buy Ecoboosts paid for the automatic in the S550, so Ford blessed us and gave the 10 speed auto as the standard without having to spend an extra $1200.

      1. ArtG

        I’m sure the extra $1200 will be included in the MSRP. Nobody’s giving anything away for free.

  4. chipster

    I have a 2019 Ecoboost convertible with manual. Tried one with the 10 speed auto. No Thanks. I’m a lot smarter than a transmission that is always trying to guess what gear it should be in. Plus I get better mpg than the auto because I know how to take advantage of predicting which gear is best for the traffic and road and there is this thing called neutral.

    1. Fastm3driver

      I was so excited for the new ecoboost so now I don’t know what I’m going to do. I have a 2017 PP as a daily and it’s the best performance per gas mileage out there. I tried the 6 speed and 10 speed auto and they both such for different reasons mentioned by others. I like the v8 but I could do without the weight, mileage, and cost.

  5. cukimunstar

    Would be great if the Ecoboost 4 cylinders had port & direct injectors in the first place like the 2.7 & 3.5 does. I hope they have it in the next Ranger coming up. That truck is is pretty good to where I might want to buy one. I’m pretty sure it’ll do well in the Mustang.

  6. Gary Heil

    I bought a 2019 Mustang eco boost 4cyl premium When I road tested before I bought it I thought it was a V8. I drove it to New York where I now live and got 23 miles per gallon. My first new car was a 1967 Z28 Camaro with a 4 speed manual. My Mustang is the best car!


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