Ford unveiled the 2024 Mustang a while ago, showing us the design and giving hints at its power and handling. It’s still early days for the car, which isn’t set for release until summer 2023, but Ford just gave us a big holiday treat with detailed power specs.
The 2024 Mustang comes standard with a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that makes more power for the new model year. It’s up to 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, which Ford says makes it the most powerful four- or six-cylinder Mustang ever. It’s available with a valved exhaust system and can be had in a convertible body style.
The Mustang GT still gets a 5.0-liter V8, but its output has been massaged up to 480 horsepower, which is more than the current car in all its forms. Torque lands at 415 pound-feet, and Ford said it improved the car’s oil pan and induction system for better airflow and performance.
Ford’s announcement came with a surprise Dark Horse model reveal. The new top-dog Mustang gets a higher-output 5.0-liter V8 with 500 horsepower and 418 pound-feet of torque. New engine internals include a specially designed crankshaft and forged piston connecting rods. The engine also features strengthened camshafts that allow it to operate near its redline for longer periods reliably.
When it lands, the 2024 Mustang will be the lone American muscle car on sale. Chevrolet is killing the Camaro after 2023, and Dodge is sending the Challenger and Charger out to pasture. We’ll eventually see electric muscle cars from the American Big Three, but there will be a period when the gas Mustang is the only muscle car on sale.