2024 Mustang Dark Horse Review, Specs, Pricing and Photos

2024 Mustang Dark Horse has 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine, touted to deliver a projected 500 hp and 418 lb-ft of torque, Top speed 168 mph, 0-60 in 3.8 sec


Salman Chaudhary, Founder Pinkywheels.com


2024 Mustang Dark Horse on the track
2024 Mustang Dark Horse on the track

2024 Mustang Dark Horse


At the heart of the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse lies a heavily updated 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine, touted to deliver a projected 500 hp and 418 lb-ft of torque, making it the highest performance level in the all-new seventh-generation Mustang family. Ford has made significant modifications to the engine, including the incorporation of piston connecting rods from the Shelby GT500 program and a dual throttle-body intake designed to improve engine breathing. The Dark Horse is expected to have a top speed of 168 mph and an impressive 0-60 mph time ranging between 3.8 and 4.0 seconds.

Other track-oriented powertrain enhancements in the Dark Horse include an auxiliary engine oil cooler, a lighter-weight radiator, more powerful cooling fans, brake cooling NACA ducts, and a rear axle cooler. These upgrades ensure optimal performance and reliability, keeping the engine and vital components at their best during demanding track sessions.

2024 Mustang Dark Horse Specs

Mustang Dark Horse Powertrain

  • 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 Engine

  • TREMEC® 6-speed Manual Transmission with Rev Matching

  • Engine Oil, Transmission and Differential Coolers

  • 3.73 TORSEN® Limited-slip Rear Axle

  • K-Brace


  • 10-speed SelectShift® Automatic Transmission with Paddle Shifters

  • 3.55 Limited-slip Rear Axle (Automatic Transmission)

2024 Mustang Dark Horse Price

How much is the Dark Horse Mustang?

  • Base Dark Horse Starting at $59, 270 excludes delivery, Govt taxes and Fees

  • Dark Horse Premium Starting at $63, 265 excludes delivery, Govt taxes and Fees

Mustang Dark Horse Handling

Key handling Features are:

  • Independent Rear Suspension

  • Selectable Drive Modes

  • Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) with Selectable Effort

  • Vented four-wheel disc power brakes

  • Heavy-duty Front Springs

  • Performance Enhanced Powertrain Calibration

  • Unique Intake Manifold

  • 19" Brembo Brake System, Black w/ White Logo Brake Calipers

  • Unique Stability Control, EPAS and ABS tuning

  • Unique Chassis Tuning

  • MagneRide Damping System

  • Open Air Induction System (AIS)

  • 390 mm (15") 2 piece front brake rotors with 6-piston Brembo™ calipers

  • 355 mm (15") Rear Brake Rotors with 4-piston Brembo™ Calipers

  • Brembo™ Six-Piston Front Brake Calipers with Larger Rotors

2024 Mustang Dark Horse Interior

Comfort and Convenience

  • Auto lights (automatic on/off headlamps) with Wiper Activation

  • Foot Pedals - Black

  • Auto-dimming Frameless Rearview Mirror

  • Center Console with Full Armrest

  • Cupholders (2)

  • Driver Footrest

  • Premium Carpeted Floor Mats with Accent Stitch

  • Intelligent Access with Push-button Start

  • Interior Trunk Release

  • Electric Parking Brake

  • Electric Hand Operated Parking Brake (Drift Brake)

  • Leather-Wrapped Flat-Bottomed Steering Wheel with Performance Suede Insert

  • Heated Steering Wheel

  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column

  • Windows, Power - Front one-touch up/down with Global Open

  • Powerpoints (2)

  • Premium Door Trim

  • Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors

  • Track Apps®

  • Glove Box with Lockable Door

  • Titanium Anodized Blue Gear Shift Knob

  • 12.4" LCD Digital Cluster with Information on Demand Message Center

  • Ambient Lighting with MyColor®


  • Memory Driver Seat (three settings) and Mirrors

  • Electronic-Locking Center Console

  • Leather-wrapped Gear Shift Knob

  • Remote Start System


  • Cabin Particulate Air Filter

  • Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control

Entertainment Systems

  • B&O® Sound System by Bang & Olufsen®, 12-speakers, AM/FM Stereo MP3 capable and HD Radio™

  • Connected Built-In Navigation

  • USB Ports - Smart-Charging (2)

  • Wireless Charging Pad

  • Voice-Activated Navigation System with Pinch-to-Zoom capability

  • SYNC® 4 with 13.2" Centerstack touchscreen

  • SiriusXM® Radio

  • FordPass™ Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot


  • 6-way Power Driver Seat with Power Lumbar Control

  • 4-way Power Passenger Seat

  • 4-way Adjustable Front Head Restraints

  • 50/50 Split-bench Folding Rear Seat

  • Cloth Front Bucket Seats with Vinyl Trim

  • Heated Front Seat


  • RECARO® Micro/Suede Sport Seats

Driver Assist

  • Lane-Keeping System with Lane-Keeping Alert, Lane-Keeping Aid and Driver Alert, Road Edge Detection and Blind Spot Assist

  • Rear parking Sensors

  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers


  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking

  • Rear View Camera


  • Ford Co-Pilot360™

  • Ford Co-Pilot360™ Assist+


  • Dark Horse Handling Package

  • Dark Horse Appearance Package

  • Security Package

Mustang Dark Horse Dimensions


  • Wheelbase: 107 inches

  • Length: 189.7 inches

  • Height: 55.2 inches

  • Width - Excluding Mirrors: 75.5 inches

  • Width - Including Mirrors: 81.9 inches

  • Width - Mirrors Folded: 76.1 inches

  • Front Track: 62.2 inches

  • Rear Track: 63.9 inches


  • Head Room - Front: 37.6 inches

  • Head Room - Rear: 34.8 inches

  • Leg Room - Front: 44.5 inches

  • Leg Room - Rear: 29.0 inches

  • Hip Room - Front: 54.9 inches

  • Hip Room - Rear: 47.4 inches

  • Shoulder Room - Front: 56.3 inches

  • Shoulder Room - Rear: 52.2 inches


  • Interior Volume:

  • Dark Horse:

  • Passenger Volume: 82.8 cu.ft.

  • Trunk Volume: 13.5 cu.ft.

  • Fuel Capacity:

  • Dark Horse: 16 gallons

  • Estimated Base Curb Weights:

  • Dark Horse:

  • GT (manual/auto): 3,949/3,993 lbs

  • Seating:

  • Dark Horse: Maximum Seating Capacity of 4

Mustang Dark Horse Engine

  • Engine Type: 5.0L Ti-VCT V-8 Engine

  • 500 HP

  • Engine Electronics: PCM

  • Displacement: 307 cu.in.

  • Horsepower (SAE net @ RPM): 500 @ 7,250rpm (93-octane fuel)

  • Torque (lb.-ft. @ RPM): 418 @ 4,900rpm (93-octane fuel)

  • Compression Ratio: 12.0:1

  • Bore and Stroke: 93.0 x 92.7 mm

  • Main Bearings: 5

  • Valve Lifters: Roller Finger Followers

  • Fuel Delivery: Port Fuel & Direct Injection

  • Exhaust: Dual Bright Exhaust with 4" Quad Tips

  • Transmission Type: 6-speed manual with Rev Matching

Other Mustang Dark Horse Highlights

Mustang Dark Horse Fuel Economy

  • Automatic: 14 mpg city/22 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined*

Engine Highlights:

  • Max Seating Capacity: 4

  • Drive Type: Rear Wheel Drive

  • Horsepower:

  • Dark Horse: 500 @ 7,250rpm (93-octane fuel)

  • Torque:

  • Dark Horse: 418 @ 4,900rpm (93-octane fuel)

  • Transmissions:

  • Dark Horse: 6-Speed Manual with Rev Matching (optional: 10-speed SelectShift® Automatic with Paddle Shifters)

  • Wheelbase: 107.0 inches

  • Wheels Available:

  • Dark Horse: 19" x 9.5" (F)/19" x 10" (R) Tarnished Dark-painted Low Gloss Aluminum

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Mustang Dark Horse DRIVE

Sounds Amazing

One main feature that separates muscle cars from other types of cars is their exhaust notes. Ford has always ensured that the Mustang's exhaust note can attract attention everywhere it goes, and the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse is no different. The car's naturally aspirated 5.0-liter Coyote V8 provides 500 ponies to play with and sounds fantastic while at it. The 2024 Mustang Dark Horse surely has one of the best exhaust notes today, particularly when it's in Sport Mode.

Handles so well

Gone are the days when muscle cars only offered straight-line speed while sacrificing cornering. These days, gearheads expect muscle cars to perform just as well in corners as they do in a straight line, which is why Ford has made several improvements to ensure that the Dark Horse will be among the best-handling muscle cars ever. The Dark Horse comes with track-oriented Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS tires that provide superb grip. It also has a returned MagneRide suspension and beefy suspension components to increase cornering prowess.

Adrenaline Rush

The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse boasts a range of performance-enhancing features that set it apart from the rest. To start, it comes equipped with a unique chassis tuning, heavy-duty MagneRide shocks, larger rear sway bars, and a lightweight performance-oriented strut tower brace and K-brace. Providing exceptional stopping power are the 19-inch Brembo front brakes. Traction is further improved with the inclusion of a Torsen rear differential and standard Pirelli P ZERO tires.

One standout performance feature that gets the adrenaline pumping is the first-in-class electronic drift brake, designed for use exclusively on closed tracks.

For those seeking even greater performance capabilities, the available Handling Package offers notable enhancements. It enhances the Mustang Dark Horse's aerodynamics with a distinct rear wing that features an integrated gurney flap. The package also includes larger front and rear sway bars, stiffer springs, wider Pirelli Trofeo tires, and 19"x10.5" front wheels paired with 19"x11" rear wheels. These upgrades work together to further optimize the vehicle's handling and overall driving experience.

Mustang Dark Horse Front
Mustang Dark Horse Front
Mustang Dark Horse Back
Mustang Dark Horse Back
Mustang Dark Horse Headlight
Mustang Dark Horse Headlight
Mustang Dark Horse Engine Bay
Mustang Dark Horse Engine Bay

People Also Ask

How much will the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse cost?

The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse starts at $57,970.

What is the 2024 Dark Horse update?

The Dark Horse gets GT500 connecting rods and a dual throttle body, producing 500 horsepower.

Is the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse supercharged?

Yes, it is supercharged to 850 HP by Hennessey.

What is the fastest Mustang?

The 2022 Mustang Shelby GT500, going from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.

How much HP will the Dark Horse have?

500 horsepower with a 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 engine.

Is Mustang Dark Horse Electric?

No, it is gas-powered.

What is the top speed of the 2024 Mustang GT?

Top speed is 155 mph.

Is the Dark Horse a V-8?

Yes, it features a uniquely engineered fourth-generation Coyote V8 engine.

What is the most powerful Ford engine?

The 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 with 760 horsepower.

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2024 Mustang Dark Horse on the track
2024 Mustang Dark Horse on the track
2024 Mustang Dark Horse Interior
2024 Mustang Dark Horse Interior
2024 Mustang Dark Horse Seats
2024 Mustang Dark Horse Seats
2024 Mustang Dark Horse
2024 Mustang Dark Horse