2024 Mustang Dark Horse - First Impressions

POV 2024 Mustang Dark Horse: 500hp V8, responsive steering, dynamic suspension, customizable interior. Recaro seats, Drift Brake, Magnetic dampers

Salman Chaudhary, Founder Pinkywheels.com

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

2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse - First Impressions

Highlights

  • The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse features a 5.0L V8 engine delivering 500 horsepower.

  • Equipped with a six-speed manual transmission for an engaging driving experience.

  • Interior boasts a user-friendly setup with customizable gauges and controls.

  • Innovative exhaust modes, including a "drift brake" feature, enhance driving fun.

  • Optional Recaro seats offer comfort and support, coupled with a stylish titanium shift knob.

  • Steering improvements make the car more responsive and enjoyable to drive.

  • Magnetic dampers enhance suspension, striking a balance between track performance and comfort.

  • Impressive exhaust system delivers great tones without any drone.

  • The interior offers customization options for driving modes, including rev matching.

  • The Mustang Dark Horse edition blends modern and classic features, promising power and style.

2024 Mustang Dark Horse Manual Transmission

Mustang Dark Horse Interior Features


All the controls were within reach. I had plans for a complete walk-around the following morning to provide more insight into the exterior features. However, for the time being, my attention was on the passenger's right seat driving experience. Observing the button in that vicinity, I could swiftly navigate through various settings such as exhaust mode and gauge clusters. The gauges themselves were customizable, allowing you to arrange them according to your preferences, particularly for track purposes.

Mustang Dark Horse Exhaust Modes and Features


Exciting features were present in this setup. Notably, there existed a 'drift brake' mode, an intriguing addition. Additionally, the rev match function could be easily activated or deactivated. Interestingly, they introduced a feature named the 'fox body close,' reminiscent of the classic gauges from older models. On the subject of gauges, the vintage-styled ones offered exceptional clarity and sharpness.

Mustang Dark Horse Comfort

The optional Recaro seats provided a comfortable experience upon initial impressions. It's worth mentioning the six-speed manual transmission, notable for its inclusion of a drift brake. The Tremec transmission proved to be exceptional, and when combined with the interior package, a stylish titanium shift knob was also included.

Mustang Dark Horse Engine and Performance

Certainly, I can't overlook the powerhouse at the core of this beast – the Coyote V8 engine. The Dark Horse variant is equipped with a Tremec six-speed manual transmission that incorporates the 'no lift shift' functionality. This means that even without activating track mode, as long as you're above a specific RPM and maintain a certain pedal position, you can shift gears without needing to lift off the accelerator.

Driving the Mustang Dark Horse

Now, let's delved into the driving experience. Accompanied by my friend Adam, who was at the wheel, providing us with that exhilarating drive. It was worth noting that not many had had the chance to experience these cars yet, making that a rather exceptional opportunity. Adam, being well-acquainted with that route, was our guide for that ride. The steering sensation was notably enhanced, feeling tighter and more responsive compared to the previous generation. Thanks to a quicker steering ratio, the turn-in response was truly impressive.

Mustang Dark Horse Suspension and Handling

The suspension felt incredible, particularly in normal mode. It had that tight and solid feel, and the car's responsiveness to inputs was quite impressive. The magnetic dampers from Ford, a significant upgrade over the previous generation's steering, further enhanced the driving experience. It's worth noting that the suspension settings were customizable, with track mode taking things up a notch, delivering an even tighter feel.

Mustang Dark Horse Exhaust Sound

Speaking of the track, let's delve into the exhaust. Ford had truly outdone themselves with their exhaust systems, and the Dark Horse was no exception. The absence of any drone and the presence of those satisfying tones were a testament to their expertise. Pairing these tires with the well-tuned suspension truly elevated the handling experience, making it an exhilarating choice for the track.

Final Thoughts

We extend our gratitude for accompanying us during this ride in the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse. The advancements in steering, suspension, and overall performance were undeniably impressive. The modifications in the interior, along with the options for customization, seamlessly merged modern features with classic elements. The Dark Horse edition indisputably lived up to its name, presenting power, style, and an invigorating driving encounter.

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