Some positive news for muscle car fans amidst the end of times: Ford recently unveiled the 2024 Mustang at the Detroit Auto Show, which is a revamp of the current S550 platform. Reasonable, considering how developing a completely new model would be unrealistic. While its looks only suggest that it’s merely a second facelift, there’s more than meets the eye.
Featuring a simplistic, yet sharp and angled design, the stiffer chassis and suspension is among those included in the revision, as well as its interior. There are notable changes in the interior, one being the large screens on the dash (which I speculate might be a minus for gearheads).
The GT is still powered by a (reworked) 5.0 Coyote V8, said to be the most powerful version the engine has ever gotten. Other than that, the updated 2.3 liter Ecoboost inline 4 is also an option. The V8 is offered with both a 6 speed manual and a 10 speed auto, while the I4 only comes with the latter due to low sales for the former transmission option. One feature that gained attention was an electronic drift brake, where the wheels lock up much more than a regular parking brake when prompted. Remote revving is also a feature, one that leaves its uses up to the owners. Lastly, a special trim dubbed the ‘Dark Horse’ packs 500 horsepower under the hood, 20 more than the usual 480 from a bone-stock Coyote.
p class=”MsoNormal”>With the gas-powered era of muscle cars coming to a close thanks to electrification, it is quite surprising that Ford decided to grant its iconic horse a proper farewell, or an apology, after the Mach E. Regardless, all manufacturers have delivered their final performances, and we will be here to see the curtains close.
(Images sourced from Ford, Car and Driver, and netcarshow.com)