The iconic Ford Mustang launched in Europe in right-hand drive configuration for the first time in conjunction with the arrival of the S550 generation in 2015, and has been a smash hit in that region ever since. Interestingly, however, the EcoBoost version of the pony car proved to be unpopular in Europe, prompting Ford to go V8-only last spring. Now, a mere week after the all-new, seventh-generation Ford Mustang was revealed for North America, FoMoCo has announced that it will launch in Europe in late 2023, too.
The Blue Oval hasn’t yet provided many details regarding the European version of the 2024 Ford Mustang, but it appears that the naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote engine will continue to be the only available powerplant in that region. Coupe and convertible versions of the pony car will also be offered, as well as both the six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic transmissions that carry over from the current generation.
It also appears that the Mustang Dark Horse will be available in Europe, a brand new variant that’s targeted to deliver 500 horsepower and comes equipped with a bevy of additional upgrades, including GT500-derived connecting rods, brake cooling ducts, an auxiliary engine cooler, a rear axle cooler, and a lightweight radiator with improved cooling fans.
The Dark Horse also ushers in an entirely new era of Mustangs in motorsports, as Ford Authority reported last week, giving birth to two track-only variants – the Dark Horse S and the Dark Horse R – as well as new GT3, GT4, NASCAR, Supercars, and NHRA Factory X racing versions. The all-new Mustang GT3 IMSA race car will mark the automaker’s return to that series, while the GT4 will debut in the 2023 season and will be available for global GT4 classes in IMSA, SRO, and FIA GT.