Back when the all-new, redesigned 2024 Ford Mustang was revealed last September, the iconic pony car was joined by a brand new addition to the lineup – the Dark Horse, a range-topping, high-performance variant set to inspire a brand new motorsports push. Aside from a bevy of unique styling touches and more power than the standard GT, the uniquely-named 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is also the very first non-Shelby Mustang model to be offered with optional carbon fiber wheels, making it something special, indeed. Now, Ford Authority has spotted this 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse as it was being transported between facilities, and it’s finished in Vapor Blue, to boot.
On the outside, the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is easy to distinguish from the EcoBoost and GT models thanks to the unique shadow graphic that surrounds the darkened LED headlamps, a gloss black grille with trapezoidal nostrils, a unique lower front bumper with high gloss “fangs,” lower side skirts, a fixed rear wing, a race-inspired diffuser, darkened quad exhaust tips, and special badging throughout. Blue Ember metallic – a color shifting exterior hue – is also available exclusively on the Dark Horse, along with various stripe options, while the optional Appearance Package includes dark Notorious Blue Brembo brake calipers with a brighter Grabber Blue logo.
Inside the cabin, the Mustang Dark Horse features special badging with each example’s chassis number, a thicker, flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in suede with Bright Indigo Blue accent stitching, a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster and 13.2-inch center screen, contrasting blue stitching on the door panels, seats, gear shift gaiter, and center console, blue seatbelts, and Black Alley trim, bezels, and vents. The Appearance Pack adds Deep Indigo Blue seats with a unique seat perforation as well.
Power for the Dark Horse comes from a revised version of the naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote engine, which features connecting rods from the GT500, a dual throttle-body intake design, and enhanced cooling to generate 500 horsepower and 418 pound-feet of torque. That power flows to the rear wheels via a six-speed Tremec manual transmission or 10-speed automatic and a Torsen differential, while the suspension features a standard MagneRide setup, unique chassis tuning, larger rear sway bars, and heavy-duty front shocks, along with Brembo six-piston brakes.
The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse will start out at $57,970, as Ford Authority reported earlier this month, and is expected to launch this summer.
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That’s a good looking color.
Irregardless of that unfortunate looking dash design, Ford is to be commended for continuing the beloved Mustang with even more power and a new re-design, in an age when GM and Dodge have killed off their cash cows.
Someone always has something negative to say, if you don’t like it don’t buy it I’m sure Fort will not go out of business because you don’t like the dashboard! Just keep your Toyota Tercel and the world will keep on spinning.
Lol… I had a Toyota Tercel way back in 1991! I put 100k on that car without a single issue!
Wicked looking, love the refresh.
This might be my favorite color on the S650, even more than Grabber Blue, which is a color I’ve loved on Mustangs forever.
Will they make a convertible version? Along with the manual it would be sweet!
Yes, convertible and manual will go together, just not on the Dark Horse
Ford reimagined the Mustang perfectly. A modern take on a classic silhouette. Still think the tablet dash is a step towards conformity that wasn’t needed or wanted. It might have been great as an option package on the highest end models I think…. More power, more speed more classic Mustang… less Hasbro toy and Game Boy electronics please.
This thing supposedly produces more downforce than any other road legal Mustang with the handling pack equipped. That includes the GT500 CFTP. I don’t expect it to beat that vehicle’s capability, but it should at least be a little better than a GT350.
Mike, Irregardless, still not a word….
Thought the same.
(Such a poor unloved word, around since at least 1795 and still dragged by dictionaries as an illegitimate mash up of irrespective + regardless.)
Still neutral about the re-design. Think seeing in person, the design will grow on me. Hopefully, showing on a flatbed is not a precursor in keeping with Ford’s new model introductions, of late.
HATE THE REAR END!
It needs to be textured black between the tail lights.
Rear end is great. “Hate to see you go, love to watch you leave”
Lol reminds me of:
Every visitor here brings joy, some bring it when they come others bring it when they leave.
Bring back a real, built-in dashboard, with gauges and lights and stuff and not something with an add-on look. Leave that computer jazz for a display in the center console.
I’m sorry but that plain black piece of front is butt ugly. I’ll happily get a GT with a full-colored bumper instead. More power to those who like the eyebags