Ford unveiled the first new Mustang performance series in 21-years with the Dark Horse. The Dark Horse features a factory-rated 500 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine and delivers the highest level of performance for the new 2024 Mustang. A six-speed TREMEC manual transmission is standard, and a 10-speed automatic transmission is available.
“We’ve taken the all-new Mustang, the best of our new 5.0-liter V8 performance, and added power, improved the aero, tires, steering and provided an interactive cockpit to create a Mustang that goes beyond any 5.0-liter Mustang before it,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Mustang chief nameplate engineer.
The available Handling Package improves downforce with a rear wing that includes an integrated Gurney Flap, like the Ford GT. The Handling Package adds stiffer springs, larger front and rear sway bars and wider Pirelli Trofeo tires and 19-inch-by-10.5-inch front and 19-inch-by-11-inch rear wheels.
Further enhancement to the newest Mustang performance series include brake cooling NACA ducts, an auxiliary engine oil cooler, a rear axle cooler and a lighter-weight radiator with improved cooling for the Coyote engine.
“It’s more than a new name. Dark Horse brings a new design language to Mustang that is refined yet perfectly suited to its dual purpose of street and track performance,” said Joel Piaskowski, global director, Ford Design. “The visual changes, both inside and out, message that Dark Horse has a directed performance focus. The mechanical changes reinforce the purpose of Dark Horse, providing the driver with increased confidence and competence.”
Ford is using the Dark Horse for the launch of six new racing Mustangs that will compete in a variety of series, including GT3, GT4, NASCAR and NHRA Factory X racing. Ford is also offering a pair of dedicated, track-only Dark Horse Mustangs powered by 5.0-liter V8 engines. These offering are only available for racers and non-street use. Mustang Dark Horse S is designed for the weekend track day enthusiast while Mustang Dark Horse R has been developed for racing.