Since the launch of the all-new S650 generation 2024 Ford Mustang this past summer, we’ve seen the pony car subjected to comparison tests, multiple dyno sessions for both the GT and Dark Horse, and even those two V8-powered models drag racing each other. Now, Hagerty has treated us to yet another comparison, this time between the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse and a slew of competitors including the 2024 Lotus Emira, 2023 Toyota GR Supra, 2023 BMW M2, Chevy Camaro SS, and Dodge SRT Challenger Scat Pack Wide Body Shakedown Last Call.
For this particular test, Hagerty got its hands on a 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse with the six-speed manual transmission, along with the optional and super sticky Pirelli Trofeo RS tires. Regardless, its 5.0L V8 Coyote engine churns out a cool 500 horsepower and 418 pound-feet of torque. However, what’s particularly impressive about the first round of drag races – against the automatic-equipped Camaro and Challenger – the Dark Horse still manages to hang with both by running a 12.5-second quarter-mile – tying the Dodge and coming in just behind the Camaro at 12.2 seconds.
Hagerty notes that had the Dark Horse been equipped with a 10-speed automatic, this race would have gone much differently – but unfortunately, such a combination isn’t exactly easy to procure right now. Regardless, we move on to another interesting part of the segment, which pits the pony car against some foreign machines that are also equipped with manual gearboxes.
When the dust settles, the BMW M2 manages to tie the Camaro with a 12.2-second quarter-mile, but the Lotus Emira trails behind with a 12.6-second run, and the Supra holds up the rear with a 12.9-second jaunt down the track. These are truly compelling results for certain, given the fact that all of these modern speed machines are so close in terms of straight-line acceleration – in spite of their many differences.