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The Dark Horse Comes In At An Even 500 Horsepower

S650 Ford Mustang GT Dark Horse 2022
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You might not have wanted anything for Christmas, but Ford has given Mustang fans an early gift this year. After extensive testing, the horsepower and torque numbers for the 2024 S650 Ford Mustang are finally verified, from EcoBoost to Dark Horse. Let’s open the presents…

2024 Ford Mustang Horsepower Details

First up is the 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost. Powering the base S650 Mustang is a revamped turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost engine, officially delivering 315 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. It’s the most powerful base Mustang yet. Additionally, Ford is targeting fuel economy improvements, aiming for 22 mpg city/34 mpg hwy and 26 mpg combined. That would be a 2 mpg highway improvement over the S550 Mustang EcoBoost.

You can read more about the engine improvements in the 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost in our interview with its chief engineer right here.

2024 S650 Ford Mustang GT Dark Horse Coyote V8 engine horsepower torque fuel economy

Second up is the S650 Mustang GT, which claws back the power losses due to LEV III emissions standards that we saw in the previous-generation Mustang GT, and then some. With a fourth-generation 5.0L Coyote V8 engine, which is easily identified by its twin air intakes feeding dual throttle bodies, the S650 Mustang GT delivers 486 horsepower and 418 lb-ft of torque when equipped with an available active valve performance exhaust system. Without the exhaust system, the Mustang GT punches out 480 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. It’s technically a gain of 10 horsepower from the 2022-2023 model years, which got dinged to meet LEV III.

In short, news you may have found elsewhere claiming the S650 Mustang GT would make only 450 horsepower was grossly mis-reported.

Finally, Ford is keeping its 500 horsepower promise official with the S650 Mustang Dark Horse, as well as delivering 418 lb-ft of torque. It’s the most powerful non-Shelby Mustang ever, and even overpowers the 6.4L Hemi Scat Pack Chargers and Challengers, as well as the Chevrolet Camaro SS.

The horsepower and torque numbers for the Coyote V8 Mustangs are the same whether they’re equipped with six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmissions. The EcoBoost Mustang is automatic only.

The 2024 Ford Mustang family will begin production at the Flat Rock Assembly plant in Michigan in the summer of 2023. Pricing is still TBD.

2024 S650 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Performance Pack muscle car Coyote V8
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2024 S650 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Reveal The Stampede Detroit Auto Show
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2024 S650 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Reveal Stampede
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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