With the recent reveal of the all new S650 Ford Mustang and its high performance variant, the Mustang Dark Horse, we continue to learn more about it as we anxiously await the order books to officially open soon. Most recent in the stream of new information is the cold startup sequence and roar of the refined 5.0L Coyote engine thanks to one sneaky Ford factory worker who posted a video of the Dark Horse and its start-up theatrics on YouTube.
Mustang7G forum member “Twin Turbo” posted the video captured by the “Numberoneslouch” on YouTube which showed a dark blue colored 2024 Mustang Dark Horse firing up after sitting in what appeared to be a conference room on the assembly plant floor in Wayne Michigan. That same assembly plant is responsible for the production of the Ford Bronco, the Bronco Raptor and Ford Ranger. It may be safe to assume that Ford is touring the all-new Mustang to drum up excitement from within the company walls.
The Dark Horse features a unique light up sequence that is hard to describe using words other than flashy. Its front fascia is equipped with fully functional NACA ducts for brake cooling; however the video taken from the factory floor shows that those NACA ducts are in fact illuminated. The small, tucked away lights help supplement the three LED headlamp style that Ford offers in this year’s model and that also remains a subtle nod to its 1960’s roots.
The cold start up is “get out of my way” loud and highly aggressive. Signature Coyote V8, if we do say. This new age Coyote 5.0L V8 Engine that features both a dual air intake box and dual-throttle body set-up is expected to yield a minimum of 500 horsepower from the factory. Or a least 100 horsepower per liter, in other words. The Coyote V8 in the Mustang Dark Horse is also special in that it features some hardware pulled directly from the 760 horsepower S550 Mustang GT500 – a machine that’s sure to go down in history as one of the best muscle cars ever made.