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2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse: Real World Photo Gallery

The all-new seventh-generation 2024 Ford Mustang recently debuted as a complete redesign for the latest iteration of the iconic pony car. Since then, Ford Authority spotted a base EcoBoost out in public, giving a good glimpse of the muscle car in the real world for the first time. Now, we’ve spotted another iteration of the forthcoming Mustang, but this time on the opposite side of the performance spectrum: a Ford Mustang Dark Horse.

The Ford Mustang Dark Horse is a high-performance muscle car that harnesses a modified version of Ford’s 5.0L V8 Coyote engine with 500 horsepower, making it the most track-capable street-legal Mustang to feature that particular engine. It features sinister exterior styling that makes it look as aggressive as it really is, with bold, black graphic surrounds cradling darkened LED headlights. It has a unique lower bumper with “fangs,” along with lower side skirts and a fixed rear wing, a race-inspired diffuser, and blacked-out quad-exhaust tips. Speaking of exhaust, the Dark Horse sounds pretty damn good.

The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse also features a new set of pony badges that depict a stallion coming toward the viewer, marking the first time a Mustang has worn a forward-facing horse emblem. This badge can be found on the fenders, trunk and door sills, but retains the iconic running horse badge out front. All that race-ready goodness will not be squandered for the street, however. The Dark Horse represents the start of a new motorsports push for The Blue Oval.

While the 2024 Ford Mustang does share some mechanical components with the outgoing sixth-generation model, it’s far more than just a simple refresh and represents an entirely new era in Mustang history. It’s also important to note that the “Dark Horse” moniker has nothing to do with the vehicle’s color, but is rather a reference to an old idiom that references a competitor about which little is known.

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Michael J Genzale

    Cudos to the Ford power train engineers. The 5.0 Coyote has gone from the initial 412 HP when first introduced to a now staggering 500!

  2. Ken

    Will the Dark Horse be available as a convertible?

    1. Eric

      That’s my question as well — I won’t even consider a Mustang That’s not a convertible since I currently own 2 GT Convertibles now (2018 10-speed & 2020 6-speed).

  3. JimL

    That black under the headlights is hideous. It reminds me of someone with dark bags under their eyes.

    1. Outlook214

      Yep. Hiddeous.

    2. Marcos

      Like a Raccoon? lol

      1. Marcos

        Or maybe they should call Dark eyes

  4. Stoney

    I think the dark horse is a good beginner car considering my friend has a 65 with 650 hp

  5. Jim

    Any chance the Dark Horse will be available in the dark red metallic ? Looks like only basic red.

  6. GoochyMcGooch

    Looks like a *gasp* Dodge!

  7. Johan

    Its really sad yo ssy this as I am a religious Ford driver and Oener, but new Mustang does not look like a Sports car……its really disappointing, wake up Ford……follow Chev in designs like the Corvette…..really ford appears a Dinosaur in comparison.

  8. GT350JACK

    Having owned several early GT350’s, many other collectable Mustangs since 1967, still Vintage race a Shelby, this is one I must own.

  9. John

    Dark Horse – vis a vis its ugly front end with its black plastic sections. Much prefer to stick with my 2019 GT350 for that and a variety of other reasons, some aesthetic and some technical.

  10. BrakeFade

    I love the Dark Horse look. The contrast of the front end works better if you go with a lighter color. Check out pics of the white DH. Change always brings negativity, look at the M3. More people are digging the pig snout now that they’ve seen it for a few years.

  11. Will

    I’m a little concerned that the rear resembles a Hyundai i-30 sedan.
    Grates me but not enough to have put in an order. Very excited about the cooling tech. Everything I did after market on my FN at great expense.

  12. Jon

    That front end is hideous and the rear is a copy of the Mach E. Why would you copy anything from the Mach E?!


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