Mustang Dark Horse

Mustang Dark Horse

Last Updated September 20, 2022 | Andrew Boyle

Mustang Dark Horse is a special, modified Mustang that has sinister looks and a modified 5.0-liter V8. It has been more than 20 years since Ford has released a new performance name for Mustang. The 2024 Mustang Dark Horse is built on the all-new Mustang platform, which features a digitally immersive cockpit, new engines and styling for an even more exhilarating and fun driving experience.

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Performance Upgrades

The 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine found in the Mustang Dark Horse is a modified version of Ford's 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine first installed in the 760-horsepower Ford Performance Shelby GT500.

2024 Mustang Dark Horse Grille

The Dark Horse's exclusive six-speed TREMEC manual gearbox is fitted with a standard 3D-printed titanium shift ball. Unique to the Dark Horse is a special transmission oil cooler as well. Also included are brake cooling NACA ducts, an auxiliary engine oil cooler, a rear axle cooler and a unique and lighter-weight radiator with improved cooling capability.

2024 Mustang Dark Horse Hood

Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension

The Brembo front brakes are 19 inches in diameter and have 13.9-inch rotors for effective stopping. A lightweight Ford Performance-designed strut tower brace and K-brace provide improved steering response and grip, while still maintaining excellent handling and feedback.

The Mustang Dark Horse maintains traction with a Torsen® rear differential and standard Pirelli P ZERO™ (PZ4) tires with staggered fitting wheels (19-inch-by-9.5-inch front and 19-inch-by-10-inch rear wheels). The Mustang Dark Horse also comes equipped with standard MagneRide® shocks capable of monitoring wheel and tire movement 1,000 times per second, optimizing performance based on driving surface or driving mode.

2024 Mustang Dark Horse Wheel Shot

The Handling Package

The Handling Package adds even more downforce to the already-awesome Dark Horse Mustang thanks to a unique rear wing with an integrated Gurney Flap, similar to that of the Ford GT. Additionally, 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.


The all-new seventh-generation Dark Horse Ford Mustang gets even more performance and convenience thanks to the new jet fighter-inspired cockpit. A steering wheel wrapped in suede with a thick, flat bottom and anodized silver paddle shifters on models with the 10-speed automatic transmission incorporates Bright Indigo Blue accent stitching and a dedicated drive mode button. The Dark Horse has a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver, with customizable screens that include different driving modes. This flows into a 13.2-inch digital instrument cluster.

2024 Mustang Dark Horse Rear Shot

Optional Track Trims

The Dark Horse Mustang will have two track-only trims available: Dark Horse S and Dark Horse R. The Mustang Dark Horse S is designed for enthusiasts that visit the track on the weekend. While the Mustang Dark Horse R is designed for racing. In an effort to make it ready for the track, the Mustang Dark Horse S has all non-essential parts and trim removed. The Mustang Dark Horse R has all of the same features of the Dark Horse S plus special serialization making it race legal.

Brand New Performance Model

Although exact performance figures haven't been released, we are very excited to see how the Dark Horse stacks up to the rest of the S650 lineup. As more information about the Dark Horse comes out, this article will be updated. So, check back regularly to stay up to date!

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Sources: Benchmark for Street and Track, Ford Introduces Mustang Dark Horse and New Family of Track-Only Race Ponies, Ford

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