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2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Is No Dressage Pony

With an estimated 500 horsepower on tap and a number of changes under the body, the Dark Horse is ready to hit the track.

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Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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The Ford Mustang Dark Horse is the first new performance trim in the Mustang lineup in 21 years, following the introduction of the Mustang Bullitt in 2001.    

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The goal with the Dark Horse was to create a Mustang that wasn't just a beast on the street, but also on the track.     

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Under the hood is a modified version of Ford's 5.0-liter Coyote V8, which in the Dark Horse will make an estimated 500 horsepower thanks to additions like the connecting rods from the Shelby GT500.     

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That bolts up to a standard Tremec six-speed manual transmission, but a 10-speed automatic is also available.     

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Standard magnetorheological dampers (MagneRide, in marketing speak) should provide a good balance of ride comfort and capability, while the rear sway bar is a bit larger than on other models.    

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The drivetrain should stay nice and frosty with cooling solutions out the wazoo, including brake cooling ducts, an additional engine oil cooler, a rear axle cooler and a beefier (but also lighter) radiator with stronger fans.     

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13.9-inch front brake rotors handle stopping duties, and additional bracing should keep the body composed as it works its way around a track.    

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The optional Handling Package takes things a step further with the Dark Horse, adding a special rear wing with a Gurney flap, stiffer springs, thicker sway bars and sticky Pirelli Trofeo tires.     

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Carbon-fiber wheels are also available, but they won't be ready right when the Dark Horse launches.    

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Keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse.

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