Amid disappointing sales, Ford is in the midst of changing up its strategy in China to focus more on off-road pickups and SUVs, even building special storefronts called “Ford Beyond” to market those products. Along with the soon-to-be available Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger (which will be sold under a different name), the third-generation Ford F-150 Raptor launched in the Chinese market last year, and customers there are also getting their own special variant of the high-performance pickup called the Ford F-150 Avalanche. That model made its debut at the recent Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (Guangzhou Auto Show, or GZAS) alongside the aforementioned vehicles and the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which is also where the automaker revealed that it will bring the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse to China, too.
The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse made its public debut in China at GZAS, where it will seemingly be sold in identical guise compared to its American counterpart. That means that it’s powered by an enhanced version of the naturally-aspirated 5.0L V8 Coyote engine producing 500 horsepower and 418 pound-feet of torque, which can be mated to either a Tremec six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission.
On the outside and inside, the Mustang Dark Horse is easy to differentiate compared to its regular pony car brethren thanks to unique details such as a shadow graphic that surrounds the darkened LED headlamps, a unique gloss black grille with trapezoidal nostrils, a specific lower front bumper with high gloss “fangs,” unique lower side skirts and badging, model-specific wheels, a fixed rear wing, a new racing-inspired diffuser, and darkened quad exhaust tips. Inside the cabin, the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse features more unique items such as Blue Indigo accents, a thicker, flat-bottomed steering wheel, Black Alley trim, and in manual transmission models, a special titanium shift knob.
Chinese customers interested in taking a closer look at the Mustang Dark Horse will be able to do so via special road shows in Beijing, Hangzhou, and Chengdu, along with 43 dealers in the country that will have a special “Mustang Space” set up for the new pony car as well. Ford also has a number of special events planned for the Dark Horse’s arrival, including Mustang Day and Track Day, with details pertaining to those outings slated to be revealed in the coming months.