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2024 Ford Mustang Team Completes Validation Drive

The all-new 2024 Ford Mustang debuted in September after years of anticipation and excitement, which is to be expected given the fact that V8-powered, manual transmission-equipped cars don’t exactly grow on trees these days. Though it looks similar to the outgoing S550 generation model, the 2024 Ford Mustang is far more than a simple refresh, with brand new versions of the turbocharged Ford 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost and naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote engines, though the former can no longer be pared with a manual transmission. 2024 also marks the debut of the high-performance Dark Horse variant, new packages, and a big motorsports push, but unfortunately, the new Mustang won’t be easy to tune, either. Now, as we await the launch of the 2024 Ford Mustang in the U.S. next summer and Europe later next year, The Blue Oval has completed its validation drive of the latest pony car.

Ford’s Mustang team recently spent some time in Arizona and on the iconic Route 66 completing an extended validation drive with production-level prototypes of the seventh-generation machine, which involved driving more than 1,200 miles on a wide variety of surfaces. The conditions were also quite varied, with elevations reaching 8,000 feet and temperatures swinging from 20 degrees Fahrenheit up to 85.

The purpose of this validation testing is to ensure that everything present in the vehicle works as intended, as well as to simulate how the 2024 Ford Mustang will be used by real customers in the real world. According to the automaker, the cars also received a warm welcome along that journey, with plenty of thumbs up, honking horns, and even folks asking if they can take pictures with the new pony car. However, it also left a good impression with the Blue Oval employees that drove it, too.

“What an awesome car,” said Eddie Khan, Mustang vehicle engineering manager. “The new Mustang delivers on its promise of exhilarating performance, unforgettable sound, and attractive styling.”

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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  1. John

    Awesome car! Considering adding one to my garage. This looks great in grabber blue and that new Vapor Blue. Excited to see what the GT500 or similar version will be.

  2. Chazz

    My family will be keeping our 2019 Ecoboost convertible and 2011 V6 convertible, both with MANUAL transmission and get an honest 30 mpg on 87 octane. Plus, watch what a 2024 Mustang convertible is going to cost. Yikes.

  3. Michael

    I won’t be letting go of my ’21 HPP/HP 6 speed for this hideous new car. Good luck Ford…you’ve turned off most long time Mustang fans/owners over the age of 50 with this…

    1. VigorousFroth

      Good riddance.

      Now I’ll be able to get my hands on a Dark Horse and enjoy every bit of it.

    2. RWFA

      Grandpa over 50 is upset the new stang makes his look old before it’s paid off.

      Don’t fret. Yours is still as cool as it ever was.

      (Seriously, did you expect Ford to produce an old design for ever?)

    3. Lealand

      That was the plan, when Ford was developing the S650 they sought input from millennials and gen-z. The problem the Mustang is facing is that its buyers are aging out so if they pander to gen-x and boomers the car will die with them. The Corvette faced the same issue and in part was one of the reasons GM went with the mid-engine platform since it appealed to younger buyers. To be brutally frank if you were born between 1965 and 1980 then most major companies never cared about your taste anyway as products were either tailored to boomers or millennials and since the big-ticket purchasing days for boomers are more or less over its on to millennials and gen-z.

      The new car is pretty sharp to me (and I’ve seen it in person), but my big complaint is the name for the SE. “Dark Horse” might as well be “Dork Horse” since I grew up with names like Mach and Boss and of course Shelby along with Cobra and SVO but in the scheme of things it’s a minor quibble as long as the car is good, I’ll be fine with it.

      1. RWFA

        Accurate analysis.


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