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The (Original) Mustang Lives! Ford Debuts Seventh Gen 2024 Mustang with a Variety of Engine Options: Turbo, V8 and More

Ford, like nearly every automaker today, has been leaning hard into its transition toward electric vehicles, even using iconic nameplates like "Mustang" on its new EVs. But thankfully, Ford hasn't forgotten about the real Mustang. The one with a gasoline engine up front, rear-wheel-drive and an available manual transmission. 

2024 Mustang GT Performance Pack Gray

This week at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford has debuted the next generation Mustang for the 2024 model year, following up the current S550 model, which has been on sale since the 2015 model year.

2024 Ford Mustang GT Front Fascia

While there were some rumors about the next Mustang possibly adding a hybrid powertrain or AWD to the mix, for now at least, Ford has stuck to the basics with a Mustang that looks familiar. But also one that's been improved in every way.

2024 Ford Mustang GT Rear View

Familiar but New

The exterior of the car isn't a massive departure from the S550—especially from the side view—carrying over the same basic proportions.

2024 Ford Mustang GT Side View

But both the front and rear ends of the new Mustang have been shaken up, with a more chiseled profile and a more squared-off, aggressive front end.

2024 Ford Mustang GT Rear 3/4 View

Perhaps the biggest departure from the outgoing Mustang comes inside, where the old instrument panel and infotainment screen are replaced by a new, flat dual screen setup for both instruments and the SYNC 4 system.

2024 Ford Mustang GT Interior

The 2.3L EcoBoost will continue to be the entry-level model, with Ford promising significant updates to the turbocharged four-cylinder introduced on the S550 generation.

2023 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Rear View

For those worried about the impending demise of both the V8 engine and the manual transmission, you'll be happy to know that Ford is sticking with both of those for the Mustang's new generation. 

5.0 Forever

The legendary 5.0 V8 Coyote returns with some notable tweaks to improve performance, including a new dual-throttle-body intake system. Horsepower figures haven't been finalized but Ford says it will be the most powerful Mustang GT yet, so expect more than the 460 horsepower of the outgoing GT.

2024 Ford Mustang GT V8 Engine

Transmission options will consist of the aforementioned six-speed manual or a ten-speed automatic, with stick shift featuring standard automatic rev-matching.

2024 Ford Mustang Interior

And as another cool touch the new Mustang will have an available "electronic drift brake" developed with the help of a certain Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Ford Mustang Formula Drift

As before both the EcoBoost and GT Mustangs will be available with factory performance packs that include larger brakes, more aggressive suspension, stickier tires and other upgrades.

Ford Mustang GT Performance Package Wheels 2024

Enter the Dark Horse

But for the hardcore track junkies Ford is adding a brand new Mustang variant to the lineup: the Dark Horse. It's still powered by the Coyote V8, but it gets some hand-me-down upgrades from the current Shelby GT500 and will have a target output of 500 horsepower.

2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse in Tunnel

It also will get its own suspension setup, larger Brembo brakes, additional cooling, more aggressive aero parts—and it can even be spec'd with the carbon fiber wheels seen on the previous GT350R and GT500.

2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Rear View

While the name is new, the Dark Horse basically looks to grab the torch from the current Mustang Mach 1 which acts as a step between the Mustang GT and the Shelby GT500.

2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Hood detail

Chances are there will be a Shelby version of the seventh-gen Mustang as well, but we'll have to wait a bit for that one.

2024 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

While this new Mustang might be more of an evolution from the S550 than a complete re-invention, we can't understate just how good it is to see Ford still invested in this car. Especially at a time when the days are numbered for its gas-powered competition like the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger. 

2024 Ford Mustang GT in Motion

Deliveries for the new 2024 Mustang are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2023, so prospective buyers will have nearly a year to start saving for what very well could be one of the last American gasoline performance cars.

  • Speaking of Mustang generations, here's a drag strip showdown between the 2010s and 1970s versions of this iconic pony car.
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