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Power Is Targeted To Be 500 Horsepower

2024 S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Muscle Car Ford Performance
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This is the performance variant that Ford was testing for the new S650 Mustang. It’s not a new Mach 1. Nor is it a new Shelby GT350. Introducing the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse. Under the hood is the most powerful Coyote V8 engine ever, targeting 500 horsepower. According to Ford Motor Company, this is the most capable Coyote V8 Mustang yet.

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2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse: Details

The high-output variant of the specially modified with piston connecting rods first introduced in the 760-horsepower S550 Mustang Shelby GT500. Mustang Dark Horse will deliver the highest level of performance in the all-new Mustang family.

The S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse comes standard with a unique six-speed Tremec manual transmission with a standard 3D-printed titanium shift ball. The Dark Horse also gets its own special transmission oil cooler. And for those that want it a little easier, a 10-speed automatic transmission is also available.

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The S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse includes brake cooling NACA ducts, an auxiliary engine oil cooler, a rear axle cooler and a unique and lighter-weight radiator with improved cooling capability and more powerful cooling fans.19-inch Brembo front 6 piston brakes with 13.9-inch rotors provide stopping power. The Dark Horse also features MagnaRide dampers, a Ford Performance-designed strut tower brace and K-brace for even better handling and feedback. In the back is a Torsen rear differential and standard Pirelli P Zero PZ4 tires with staggered fitting wheels, measuring 19-inch-by-9.5-inch in front and 19-inch-by-10-inch rear wheels in back.

Taking things up a notch even further for the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is a new Handling Package that delivers the most downforce of any all-new Mustang thanks to a unique rear wing that includes an integrated Gurney Flap, similar to that of the Ford GT. The Handling Package also 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. Optional carbon fiber wheels from Carbon Revolution will be available towards the end of the model year, the first time for a non-Shelby model.

2024 S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Detroit Auto Show

2024 S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse muscle car Detroit Auto show
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Written by Manoli Katakis

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