Driving the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse

Dark Horse with 500 hp is a fast car, you feel every hp that this car makes, Even you hear each pony with the noise it makes. Steers and stops so well with Track package.

Salman Chaudhary, Founder Pinkywheels.com

Driving the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse

Highlights:

The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse comes with a base price of $60,865. Under its hood, it packs a 5.0L DOHC 32-valve V-8 engine with port and direct fuel injection, delivering a powerful output of 500 horsepower at 7250 rpm and a torque of 418 lb-ft at 4900 rpm. Drivers have the option of choosing between a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of its dimensions, the Mustang Dark Horse has a wheelbase of 107.0 inches, a length of 189.7 inches, a width of 75.5 inches, and a height of 55.2 inches. The cabin offers a passenger volume of 55 cubic feet in the front and 30 cubic feet in the rear, with a trunk volume of 13 cubic feet. The vehicle's curb weight ranges from 4000 to 4050 pounds.

Performance-wise, this Mustang delivers impressive numbers, achieving a 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.8 to 4.3 seconds, reaching 0-100 mph in 8.3 to 8.7 seconds, and completing the quarter-mile in 11.9 to 12.3 seconds. Its top speed is electronically limited to 165 mph.

Regarding fuel economy, the EPA estimates that the Dark Horse will achieve a combined fuel efficiency of 16 to 17 mpg, 14 to 15 mpg in city driving, and 22 to 23 mpg on the highway.

2024 Dark Horse on the track
2024 Dark Horse on the track
Black 2024 Mustang Dark Horse in black
Black 2024 Mustang Dark Horse in black

How does the 2024 Dark Horse Drive?

Key Highlights:

· Mustang Dark Horse is a fast car, you can feel every hp that this car makes while accelerating on a track.

· You could also hear each pony it produces with the noise it makes.

· Dark Horse is very enjoyable to drive as it steers and stops so well, It comes with available Track Package offering Pirelli Trofeo RS Tires with ultimate grip.

· 6-Speed Manual provides the ultimate pleasure as it provides you the Automatic Rev Matching that you can turn OFF and ON.

· You get no lift shift , yes you can keep the pedal planted while you are upshifting.

· Handling wise, Dark Horse is enjoyable because of its VSC ( Vehicle stability control) and tire grip.

· Very comfortable and feels very stable at high speeds.

Every Mustang feels powerful and strong. Their loud roars bounce off the walls as they speed up to over 100 mph on the racetrack. The car has four exhaust modes, starting with "Very Loud" and getting "Even Louder" in the sporty and track modes. The "Quiet" mode can be used on regular roads to reduce noise.

The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, which is recommended for true American driving experience. However, there's also an optional 10-speed automatic for faster acceleration and lap times. The car's handling is improved with larger anti-roll bars and better chassis tuning.

The Mustang Dark Horse comes with standard 19-inch Pirelli P Zero PZ4 tires. For even better performance, there's an optional Handling package with Pirelli Trofeo RS tires, known for their extreme traction and longer lifespan. With these tires, the car feels confident and easy to control.

The Brembo brakes work well, but there were some issues with the auto rev-matching during downshifting. The steering provides accurate direction, but it lacks feedback about the front tires' behavior.

The Torsen limited-slip rear differential ensures power is transmitted effectively to the ground, and the car's stability control system allows for controlled slip on the track. There are a few minor complaints about the seats not providing enough lateral support and the manual transmission's no-lift-shifting feature being a bit slow.

Overall, the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse delivers an exciting and enjoyable driving experience, but there are some areas that could be improved especially that there is not that sense of nimbleness as you got out of the already gone Camaro SS, Also there seems a slight lack of communication between the front-end and the steering.

2024 Mustang Dark Horse Engine Bay
2024 Mustang Dark Horse Engine Bay

Final Thoughts,

The departure of the Camaro and the upcoming end of the Dodge Challenger makes it feel like the Muscle or Pony Cars segment is coming to a close, and that thought might bring some sadness. However, it's important to cherish and enjoy these iconic cars while they are still around, as this marks just the beginning of the end of this era.

2024 Mustang Dark Horse interior
2024 Mustang Dark Horse interior
2024 Dark Horse Seats
2024 Dark Horse Seats