The Ford Mustang Mach-E has gotten the lion’s share of headlines in recent years—as it should, because it’s extremely bold and quite good—but now Ford’s here to show us that internal combustion can still throw a great party. The automaker today finally gave us official horsepower specs on the new 2024 Ford Mustang, and folks, for the working person’s performance/sports/muscle/pony car (it does a little bit of all of that these days) it’s… a lot.
Ford says that the standard Mustang GT will put out 486 horsepower and 418 ft.-lb. of torque if you opt for the Active Valve dual exhaust, which you should because V8 engines sound good and we probably won’t get to enjoy them for all that much longer. If you forego that exhaust option, you still get 480 HP and 415 lb-ft of torque.
Again: that’s on a Mustang GT. Just a base Mustang with the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 and some nice equipment. Not even getting into the really crazy and expensive stuff Ford is due to put out in time. I remember when a Mustang GT was a glorified boat anchor with some decent highway torque. Now it’s putting out almost-supercar numbers on the lower trims.
Even better news is that the new Dark Horse trim throws down 500 HP and 418 ft.-lb. of torque from the same V8, making it “the most powerful non-Shelby edition ever,” according to Ford. Good Lord!
And if eight cylinders isn’t your thing—to each their own, right?—the always-competent Mustang EcoBoost is also putting up some really impressive numbers these days. That 2.3-liter turbo four offers 315 HP and 350 ft.-lb. of torque, the mist powerful standard-trim Mustang ever made.
Even if you aren’t a fan of the looks (I actually like it, but I understand why other folks don’t) you have to admit this is a wildly impressive spec sheet for a performance car that’s still reasonably affordable. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet on these new Mustangs; the 2023 ‘Stang starts at around $30,000 for the turbo-four and goes up to about $40,000 for the GT model.
With any luck, the 2024 Mustang—a heavy revision of the current car’s platform, engine and technology, as opposed to an entirely all-new model—won’t get its price tag jacked up that much. (Ford can let its more unscrupulous dealers do that.)
Above all, there’s really something to be said here about the democratization and optimization of internal combustion power. This is a simple Mustang, not some high-end exotic, offering some very serious numbers.
Our own David Tracy made this graph (he’s an engineer, so he does shit like that; the other day he asked me to make a “decision matrix” and I had to Google what that was) and it perfectly illustrates how much Mustang power has skyrocketed even just fairly recently:
As you can see from this graph, Ford really got serious when the Coyote V8 dropped in 2011 and it’s only gone up from there. Based on current trends, some back-of-napkin math and what I call “general vibes,” I am confident in predicting the Mustang GT will put out more than 1,000 HP by the end of this century. I pray we all live to see that day. [Editor’s Note: If I make a linear trendline using the data above — which doesn’t make a ton of sense, but screw it — I end up with 1,360 horsepower projected by the year 2100. -DT].
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