Ford has wasted no time in launching a brand new track-focused variant of the seventh-generation Mustang, dubbed the Darkish Horse. It doesn’t simply look sinister however it guarantees to push efficiency to new ranges.
The brand new Ford Mustang Darkish Horse sits atop the brand new Mustang vary and wears the primary new efficiency identify for the model because the Mustang Bullitt was launched in 2001. It’s the most track-capable road-going Mustang ever fitted with a 5.0-liter V8 and primarily fills the void left behind by the sixth-generation Mustang Mach 1.
Ford began work on the Mustang Darkish Horse some three years in the past and has fitted the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 with the connecting rods from the Shelby GT500’s 760 hp engine. The automaker has additionally put in twin throttle our bodies and is ‘projecting’ it to provide 500 hp, though ultimate figures have but to be confirmed.
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It’s not simply the engine that makes the Mustang Darkish Horse a track-focused beast. A singular six-speed Tremec handbook transmission is fitted as commonplace and features a distinctive transmission oil cooler. Prospects can go for a 10-speed automated ought to they select. The automobile additionally rocks brake cooling ducts, an auxiliary engine oil cooler, a rear axle cooler, and a singular radiator that’s lighter and options extra highly effective cooling followers for improved cooling capabilities.
The alterations don’t cease there. MagneRide shocks will come fitted as commonplace to each Mustang Darkish Horse to roll off the manufacturing line. These shocks can monitor wheel and tire motion 1,000 occasions per second to optimize efficiency. Complementing these shocks is a bigger rear sway bar and 19-inch wheels which are 9.5-inches huge on the entrance and 10-inches on the rear, wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires. Ford has additionally geared up the automobile with a strut tower brace and Okay-brace to enhance dealing with. A set of 13.9-inch six-piston Brembo entrance brake calipers have additionally been included within the Darkish Horse.
These searching for much more efficiency will be capable to go for the Dealing with Package deal. It provides a singular rear wing with an built-in gurney flap, stiffer springs, bigger entrance and rear sway bars, and distinctive 19-inch wheels with wider Pirelli Trofeo tires. Light-weight carbon fiber wheels may even be made obtainable.
A lot of visible alterations additional differentiate the Darkish Horse from lesser Mustang fashions. Up entrance, the headlights have been darkened whereas a brand new black grille has been put in. Moreover, the facet skirts lengthen decrease and there’s additionally a brand new rear wing, diffuser, and darkened quad exhaust suggestions. New badges have additionally been designed, as has a brand new coloration dubbed Blue Ember metallic.
The interior additionally advantages from various upgrades. For instance, the flat-bottomed steering wheel is now trimmed in suede and completed with shiny Indigo Blue accent stitching whereas fashions geared up with the 10-speed auto obtain anodized silver paddle shifters. Prospects who order the Look Pack may even obtain Deep Indigo Blue seats. A 12-speaker B&O audio system comes as commonplace.
“For many years, Mustang has competed in opposition to probably the most premium manufacturers on the best world levels and received,” Ford chief government Jim Farley described in an announcement. “We shocked everybody, and we’re going to shock them once more with a track-capable Mustang that places a brand new stage of efficiency, styling and American engineering within the palms of on a regular basis clients who nonetheless need the fun and pleasure of a V8 sports activities automobile.”
Ford has but to announce pricing and availability particulars for the 2024 Mustang Darkish Horse however it would possible begin at round $60,000.