Great news for Ford fans: The build and price tool for the 2024 Ford Mustang is now up. It’s a bit janky as it doesn’t always visualize options, but it being online means that full pricing is out along with full options lists, and is there ever a lot to choose from. So, without further ado, here’s how I’d spec the 2024 Ford Mustang in Ecoboost, GT, and Dark Horse forms.
Let’s start with the Ecoboost, the automatic-only rental-spec entry point to the Mustang range. Not only is it devoid of three-pedal engagement, the jump to the Ecoboost Premium to rid yourself of the terrible-looking divorced screens is an eye-watering $5,525. So far, not a great start. However, not all hope is lost. That base Ecoboost Mustang is available with the 2.3L High Performance Package.
Tick this box and your otherwise airport-spec Mustang gets a square set of 255-section summer tires on a very different set of wheels from what you see here, Brembo brakes, beefed-up suspension, recalibrated electric power steering, an electronic drift brake, paddle shifters, a bevy of bracing, and a 3.55 Torsen diff. Best of all, while the old 2.3L High Performance Package was very expensive, the new one costs just $3,495. Tick the box for free Race Red paint and I reckon you’d have a $35,990 performance bargain.
Step up to the GT and straight away, there’s a problem for speed merchants: Magnetorheological dampers aren’t available on the basic GT. You need to spend an extra $4,520 for the GT Premium to unlock the privilege of paying another $1,750 for the fancy dampers, at which point you have a $54,355 car because the special dampers also require the GT Performance Package. Mind you, the Dark Horse starts at $60,865, so at least there’s still enough of a price delta to justify a well-specced GT Premium.
Of course, you could say “fuck it,” which is exactly my mindset by selecting the base GT. A five-liter Mustang isn’t supposed to be luxurious, it’s supposed to go through tires like Takeru Kobayashi goes through hot dogs. Yellow performance cars are usually better than non-yellow performance cars, and with Yellow Splash Metallic being a no-cost option, it feels foolish not to get it. It’s the same deal with the manual gearbox, so this Mustang’s a six-speed. Although the configurator doesn’t show the GT Performance Package in images, you bet I’d tick that box as well. After all, $4,995 for Brembo brakes, extra bracing, a Torsen diff, revised suspension, revised nannies, new wheels, and an electronic drift brake sounds well worth it. I’d also spend $1,250 on the active valved exhaust because I like the idea of really hearing the V8 rumble in the country but closing the valves in neighborhoods. The six extra horsepower afforded by the system is neither here nor there.
Add it all up, and my ideal Mustang GT comes to $49,310 including freight. That’s not bad, but it’s also not cheap, especially considering I could spend $42,085 on a base Nissan Z and immediately void the warranty in a spectacular manner with $7,225 in go-fast bits. Helical diff, revised springs and dampers, huge oil cooler, zesty tune, that sort of stuff.
Right, no more messing about. Let’s cut to the 500-horsepower naturally-aspirated boss of the new Mustang range: The Dark Horse. First up, color. Blue Ember offers echoes of Mystichrome in the way that it shifts in the light and it’s only available on the Dark Horse Premium, so you bet I’d pop for the top trim. I’d also pop for the $1,650 Recaro seats because I can turn sideways and hide behind telephone poles, so I fall out of most seats in the bends.
As far as packages go, I’d consider the $4,500 Dark Horse Handling Package mandatory. Not only do the staggered 305/30R19 and 315/30R19 tires sound epic, magnetorheological dampers, adjustable strut hats and a gurney flap sound fabulous fun for trackdays. I’d also spend $1,250 on the Dark Horse appearance group because it’s mandatory to get the Blue Ember paint. I’m also a sucker for a black hood, and the darker blue brake calipers and black roof are just icing on the cake, so I can’t be too mad about the bundling. What I wouldn’t do is pop for the automatic gearbox as the whole point of the Dark Horse is shifting the Tremec six-speed yourself. The result? A $70,860 Mustang. Yeah, that’s several grand more than a moderately-equipped BMW M2, but add the $9,000 carbon package and the M2’s price catapults ahead. Plus, the Mustang has two more seats than a manual Toyota GR Supra, while the $73,950 Porsche 718 Cayman T with no options is purely theoretical at this point, and a different experience altogether.
So how would you spec your 2024 Ford Mustang? Are you going for the friendly Ecoboost, the traditional GT, or the overproof Dark Horse? I’d love to know what trims, options, and colors you’d go for as part of the beauty of Mustangs is that there’s almost a spec for everyone.
(Photo credits: Ford)
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