Since its launch a few months ago, the all-new range-topping 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse has performed quite well in a number of comparison tests, beating out traditional rivals like the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger, as well as some more non-traditional foes like the BMW M2. By now, it’s pretty clear that the Dark Horse is a competent machine in many aspects – whether that be straight-line acceleration, handling, and of course, braking. Now, a new test from Car and Driver proves that the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is particularly good at coming to a stop when compared to the competition, too.
C&D recently got its hands on a number of performance-focused vehicles and conducted a 0-150-0 mile-per-hour speed test, which is a more challenging take on the ages-old 0-100-0 test. It then headed a few hours north of Detroit, Michigan to the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport, which has a nicely-paved 2.2-mile taxiway that makes it perfect for such a measuring contest.
The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse faced a daunting task itself – facing off against pricey, highly-touted machines such as the Porsche 911 Turbo, 911 GT3 RS, Chevy Corvette Z06, and Cadillac CT-5 Blackwing, to name just a few. And yet, the pony car shockingly braked from 150 mph to a dead stop in just 5.2 seconds – tying the mighty 911 GT3 RS and beating out every other model tested here by stopping in just 569 feet. Overall, the Dark Horse finished sixth by going from 0-150-0 in 29.7 seconds, but it’s the latter portion here that truly blew everyone away.
“Did we predict that a Mustang would outbrake both the Corvette Z06 and the 911 Turbo S, posting a preposterous 569-foot stop from 150 mph? No, we did not,” C&D noted of this outcome. “Credit those six-piston Brembos up front, super-sticky Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS rubber, and perhaps whatever high-speed downforce magic Ford worked in its new wind tunnel. Dark Horse owners will certainly bolt on superchargers and headers and all manner of horsepower-juicing aftermarket mods. We recommend not touching the brakes.”