Discover the all-new 2024 Ford Mustang

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V8 performance cars have been a staple of American motoring for decades. But the Chevrolet Camaro bows out after 2023. And Dodge is swapping its V8s for hybrid and electric “eMuscles”. The Ford Mustang is quickly becoming – pardon the pun – the latest of a dying breed. But we’re getting one more pure-combustion Mustang for the road, as Ford just unveiled the all-new, seventh-generation Mustang.

Ford describes the new S650 Mustang as “edgy, sexy and disruptive” – ​​words that, when uttered in a public relations context, usually betray that the product in question is none of these. The Mustang gets new sheetmetal with a cleaner, more muscular and modern appearance. He becomes a little more tech-savvy. But it’s still more or less the same Mustang in the way that matters, which is what almost everyone wanted.

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The new lineup of Mustang engines will look familiar

The engine range will look familiar. The base engine is still a 2.3-liter EcoBoost, although Ford says this version is all-new. Upgrading the GT is an “advanced” 5.0-liter Coyote V8 with a new twin-air-intake box and twin-throttle-body design. Ford says the new GT will get the most power from a naturally aspirated engine. We do not yet have the figures to confirm this assertion.

The new Mustang is neither hybrid nor all-wheel drive

Ford didn’t launch the Mustang with a hybrid option, and all current Mustangs are rear-wheel drive. One of the main reasons for this is the Mustang Mach E, available if you need a more efficient, practical or weather-resistant Mustang-branded vehicle.

Ford kept the manuals…uh, at least one manual

The Mustang still offers a six-speed manual transmission in addition to the automatic. But there is a catch. While the shifter is standard on the GT model, it is no longer available on the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. If you want to row an entry-level Mustang yourself, contact the dealer as soon as possible.

You’ll be able to differentiate between the base Mustang and the GT

Ford creates a more meaningful visual differentiation between the base model and this generation’s GT. The first will have a basic look. The latter will increase aggressiveness. The two Mustangs will have different front fascias. The GT will also have prominent hood ventilation that the base model does not have.

Mustang’s new cockpit goes digital

The Mustang gets a new cockpit with a driver-oriented digital display which, in top spec, includes a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster and a 13.2-inch infotainment screen. Ford is sticking with a Mustang-specific version of its proprietary SYNC 4 system rather than switching to Google’s Android operating system.

Screens will be heavily customisable, with features such as a “Fox Body” instrument display. They will also incorporate 3D graphics using the Unreal game engine.

Ford will move many controls to the touchscreen. But the Mustang will have a prominent, physical, passenger-accessible volume button.

Ford will offer a Mustang Performance Pack

Ford will offer a Performance Pack for GT and EcoBoost Mustang models. This can add features such as a front tower brace, Torsen limited-slip differential, larger wheels and tires, larger Brembo brakes, and optional MagneRide active suspension.

The Performance Pack adds extra cooling for the brake lines and engine oil on the GT. Buyers can add Recaro seats and an active exhaust system.

Mustang owners will bring excitement to local Cars & Coffee events

Mustang owners have earned a reputation for their particular zeal at car meets. Ford has looked into this aspect of Mustang ownership.

Ford offers the Mustang with a performance electronic parking brake, developed with the help of pro drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. The brake functions like a mechanical handbrake in everyday driving, but converts to a drift brake electronics in track mode. It has different modes to help novices develop their drifting skills (what could go wrong?), and Ford says it can work as a competition-ready setup too.

Ford has also added Remote Rev functionality, which allows an owner to rev the engine by pressing a button on the key fob. The feature will undoubtedly delight owners, be handy for content sensors, and annoy everyone.

The new Ford Mustang will arrive next year

Ford says the Mustang will go on sale in the United States in the summer of 2023, which will likely make it a 2024 model year vehicle.

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