The long-awaited arrival of the S650 Mustang is finally over. On Sept. 14, 2022, Ford unveiled the new 2024 Mustang at the Detroit Auto Show!
Ford has done it again! The 2024 Mustang reveal was one for the books and we have to tip our hats to the entire design & release team for such an amazing event to unveil the 7th Generation Mustang. With so much changing on the new 2024 Mustang, you may not know where to start when taking in all of the great features Ford has been working on. Luckily for you, we have gathered up everything we could find about the new 2024 Mustang and put it all in one place for you to sit back and enjoy.
5.0L Gen 4 Coyote V8
Ecoboost 2.3L 4 Cylinder
5.0L - 480+ Horsepower
Dark Horse Package - 500 Horsepower
6 Speed Manual
10 Speed Automatic
Dark Matter Gray
Black Onyx (EcoBoost & GT Base, Premium)
Space Gray (EcoBoost & GT Base, Premium)
Harvest Bronze (EcoBoost & GT Premium)
Carmine Red (EcoBoost & GT Premium W/ Appearance Package)
Dark Matter Gray
One of the most talked about upgrades of the 2024 Mustang, and one that I am most excited to try out is the redesigned interior. Taking a huge step up from the centrally located Infotainment center of the late S550, the new S650 brings technology to the forefront with a 12.4” digital instrument cluster in front of the driver and an optional 13.2” SYNC 4 center stack that has been placed over the center gauges. These two displays are blended behind a single piece of glass for a seamless look and a driver-focused cockpit.
Utilizing the same Unreal Engine 3D creation tool used in many modern video games, these displays can be customized to display various animated designs and new drive-mode-dependent visuals. Ford mentions that when choosing personalized drive mode settings, the car’s current setup will be shown on the center stack as real-time graphical renderings. Drivers can adjust these settings by simply swiping the graphic to rotate the car virtually, a pretty cool feature if you ask me.
Borrowing cues from the Mach-E, the default settings of the Mustang’s instrument gauge have gone from the classic cool blue and light grey tones to a more modern, copper appearance. Of course, you can change these at your discretion with the easy-to-use SYNC 4 interface. You will also notice that some physical buttons, such as the radio and climate control, have been integrated into the digital display. Ricardo Garcia, a Ford interior design manager states, “Removing some of these physical buttons, such as radio and climate control, and integrating them into a digital display was popular in research with Millennials, Gen-Z, and traditional Mustang drivers alike.”
One of our favorite features here at LMR is the ability to make your gauges look like the factory 1979-1993 Mustang Fox Body gauges. This can be done through the customization settings in your digital instrument cluster. We compared the 2024 Mustang Fox Body gauges to a 1979-1993 Mustang in our fleet, and we gotta say, Ford really hit the nail on the head.
Another new feature never before seen on a production Mustang is the race-inspired flat-bottomed steering wheel. Not only does this give the S650 a great new look, but it also provides more space when seated.
Looking at the upholstery, the standard option will be a cloth interior with optional Micro Suede vinyl inserts and black seat belts. You will get an upgraded, accent-stitched instrument panel and door trim on Premium models. For EcoBoost models, you can enjoy Ford’s ActiveX synthetic leather upholstery in various colors. GT models will get leather seat inserts for a more premium feel.
As you progress to the higher model trims, you will get an upgraded full-leather steering wheel. You can choose from different color accent stitching and unique upholstery perforation on the seat inserts. This will be complemented by color-coordinating, asymmetric accent striping on the seat belts. The white Recaros, as seen on the Dark Horse package, are one of my favorite features from the reveal!
Like many new vehicles, Ford has integrated a wireless mobile phone charging pad into the center console with overhead USB ports available above the cockpit. While this seems like an odd place to put them, Ford stated that these were installed for track cameras and other devices to prevent wires from draping across the cabin. This is a great sign for us enthusiasts as it definitely shows that Ford is in tune with its customers.
Lastly, Ford added a B&O sound system to the interior and Amazon Alexa Built-In with Ford Streaming, allowing for voice command music streaming.
The exterior of the S650, and any car for that matter, will be what most people judge the new Mustang on. With a heritage-inspired design with a modern twist, the 2024 Mustang was built to “appeal to the broadest Mustang customer mindset yet,” according to Ford.
For those familiar with the Mustang, you can still see some styling cues from the 2015-2022 Mustangs. However, there are many changes that the design team at Ford implemented for a great new look.
Starting at the front, the most noticeable difference is the tri-bar LED headlights, a nod to the classic Mustang’s lighting regiment. Ford added, “Its low, horizontal brow across the front emphasizes overall frontal width, while the upper grille design shape is influenced by the original 1960s design”.
Another sign that Ford designed this vehicle with the enthusiasts in mind is the new roofline. Ford designers engineered the roofline to be optimized for driver entry and exit without the need for them to remove their helmets at the track. As avid road racers here at LMR.com, this is a great signal from Ford and its design team.
The taillights were also updated along with the entire rear end for a larger, more track-ready setup. Depending on your trim level, you will have several spoiler options to choose from to take your Mustang to the next level.
If you took a close look at a few different models of the Mustang, you might have noticed that each model will have its own unique front end. While the EcoBoost model had a more conservative front end, the GT got a more aggressive, edgier styling with larger grille openings for increased airflow. To help optimize the 2024 Mustang’s aerodynamics even further, new hood vents and a redesigned front splitter were added.
The new 2024 Mustang will be offered in 11 exterior colors, including the new Vapor Blue and Yellow Splash. You will also get to choose between various stripe colors and designs. Ford has also opened up the ability of further customization with three new Brembo brake caliper color options: Black, Red, & Grabber Blue. These will look great behind the new lineup of Mustang wheels, ranging from 17” on base models to 19-20” alloys for higher trim levels.
The Mustang Design Series, a new option for 2024 models, will allow owners to get further customization options straight from the factory. For example, the Bronze Design Series Appearance Package will include aggressive Bronze alloy wheels and bronze badges. It will be available for EcoBoost and GT models, with or without the Performance Package.
Now to the good stuff! The Ford Mustang has and always will be a driver’s car, so the way the car sounds and performs is always a key factor in its continued success. Every year, Ford has done an excellent job of raising the bar for not only performance but driving experience as a whole. Let’s take a closer look at the engine options for the 2024 Mustang.
Let’s start with the most popular package - the Mustang GT. The 2024 Mustang GT is outfitted with a Gen 4 5.0L Coyote Engine that will be the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever offered in a Mustang GT. One of the most unique features of the new Gen 4 Coyote is the dual air intake box and dual throttle body design. Ford states this “helps minimize induction loss by enabling higher air flow rates.”
As a relief to many die-hard enthusiasts, Ford is saving the manuals and offering a 6-speed manual transmission for those who want to feel more connected to the high-horsepower Coyote. This has been a heavy topic as many manufacturers have opted for automatic-only vehicles, so it is nice to see that Ford has stayed true to its roots in delivering a car that is built with enthusiasts in mind.
For Mustang enthusiasts who want to enjoy all of the great features of the 2024 Mustang in a more fuel-efficient manner, the EcoBoost 4-cylinder 2.3L engine option will be perfect. While the EcoBoost has a considerably smaller engine and horsepower numbers, you can still get many of the same great features as the GT models while keeping your Mustang’s MPG as high as possible.
With 6 different drive modes, drivers can change how the vehicle handles based on their driving type. These 6 drive modes will include:
Customizable Setting With Up To 6 Individual Profiles
Whether you choose the high-horsepower Mustang GT or the gas-sipping EcoBoost, you will still be able to get the optional Performance Pack on each model. This package adds performance-enhanced options such as a front Tower Brace, Torsen® Limited Slip differential and optional MagneRide active suspension, wider rear wheels and tires, and larger, 390-millimeter front and 355-millimeter rear Brembo brakes.
On the GT Performance Pack, you will also get enhanced cooling from the added brake ducts and an auxiliary engine oil cooler. Recaro Seats and active exhaust are other great features on the Performance Pack, reminiscent of previous year's packages.
One of the newest technologies on the 2024 Mustang includes the electronic drift brake. This technology unlocks the Mustang’s rear-wheel-drive drifting capability with the visual appeal and functionality of a traditional, mechanical hand brake. This Performance Electronic Parking brake is a standard feature for Performance Packs and was designed to help novice drivers learn and improve drifting skills while allowing more experienced drifters with a competition-ready system.
As a big surprise to everyone, Ford introduced a new breed of the Mustang, the Dark Horse. This special model is track-focused and got an engine to match with Ford stating that it will be home to an enhanced 4th Gen Coyote capable of nearly 500 horsepower in stock form. In true Ford fashion, they will be offering the Dark Horse with a 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic configuration. Want to learn more about the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse? Dive deeper and discover the specs, colors, and much more!
Want to learn more about the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse? Dive deeper and discover the specs, colors, and much more!
What some are calling a cross between the Mach 1 and GT350/GT500, the Dark Horse was built with performance in mind. With optional carbon fiber wheels and Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS tires, I expect to see this car dominating the road courses across the US.
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