Since its launch this past summer, the new, range-topping 2024 Ford Mustang has won its fair share of comparison tests, taking down the likes of the 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown R/T Scat Pack Widebody, the Challenger Scat Pack 392 Widebody, and the Chevy Camaro ZL1. Now, the all-new, range-topping 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is at is once again, this time defeating the latest version of the BMW M2 in a new comparison test from MotorTrend.
With the Camaro and Challenger going away (for now, at least), the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse will soon be competing with some non-traditional rivals such as the BMW M2, which is all-new for 2023. The new M2 is larger and heavier than its predecessor – still roughly 200 pounds lighter than the Dark Horse – but packs plenty of power, with its twin-turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder engine cranking out 453 horsepower, which in this application flows to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
In this case, MT‘s 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is equipped with the optional Handling Package, which adds the coveted, supercar-friendly Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS tires, along with various other upgrades. Like the M2, this example is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, though it has a bit of a power advantage thanks to its 500 ponies that are on tap and ready to run.
However, the M2 did manage to out-accelerate the Dark Horse with a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds versus 4.1, along with a quicker 12.2-second quarter-mile versus the Mustang’s 12.6. The Dark Horse braked from 60-0 in just 90 feet, compared to the M2’s 101 feet, and it also beat the Bimmer on the skidpad with 1.06 g of lateral grip versus 1.02 g. In non-performance metrics, MT preferred the M2’s interior over the Mustang’s, but otherwise, the Dark Horse proved to be too good to overcome.
“With its brash, fire-breathing V8, astounding performance numbers, aggressive styling, and daily livability, the Dark Horse is not only a dynamite Mustang – it’s a dynamite sport coupe, period, and this time it takes the win by the slimmest of margins,” MT noted. “Yes, we know, there’s likely no convincing German car aficionados to cut a check to Ford, but they can console themselves with the fact the M2 is a killer car, too.”