2023 Ford Mustang Darkish Horse confirmed for the UK – EAST AUTO NEWS

2023 Ford Mustang Darkish Horse confirmed for the UK

Ford has confirmed preliminary UK-market particulars of its all-new Mustang, confirming it will arrive in right-hand drive within the second half of 2023, and that the excessive efficiency Darkish Horse will probably be a part of its European debut. The brand new Mustang was first revealed on the resurrected Detroit auto present earlier this 12 months, retaining its acquainted four-seat coupe or convertible physique, rear-wheel drive and four- and eight-cylinder powertrain choices.

In precept the brand new S650 Mustang isn’t too far faraway from the S550 mannequin it replaces, sharing its primary construction and proportions. But Ford’s been exhausting at work to sharpen each space of the package deal highlighted by a brand new track-focused Darkish Horse mannequin variant. 

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Commonplace Mustangs will characteristic up to date variations of the 2 engine choices from the present mannequin, a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder Ecoboost and a naturally aspirated 5-litre V8. The V8s have been given a majority of the mechanical upgrades, with a brand new induction system with twin air intakes and twin throttle our bodies working on every cylinder financial institution. 

Energy and torque figures for each powertrains are at present unconfirmed, however are anticipated to develop marginally from the prevailing fashions which within the case of the V8 has a Porsche 911 Carrera-matching 444bhp, and a peak torque determine of 390lb ft. Present Ecoboost fashions produce 310bhp and 350lb ft. Two transmission choices can be found as earlier than, with a typical six-speed handbook and an non-obligatory ten-speed automated – the previous coming with a brand new rev-matching operate. The Mustang additionally nonetheless has a mechanical handbrake, which is appreciated within the halls of evo

All US-spec V8 fashions additionally include a typical Efficiency Pack, combining a number of upgraded chassis parts together with 19-inch wheels, a limited-slip differential, uprated Brembo brakes and a valved exhaust system. Ford’s wonderful Magneride adaptive dampers are nonetheless an possibility, too.

Ford Mustang GT Darkish Horse

Sitting above the GT is a brand new and extra dynamically-focused Darkish Horse mannequin that includes a large unfold of bespoke {hardware} elevating it above the prevailing Mach 1 when it comes to specification. It begins with an extra improvement of the 5-litre V8 engine, which comes with an extra bump in energy that Ford says will probably be ’round 500bhp’ making it extra highly effective than every other Mustang fitted with the Coyote V8.

Alongside the additional energy, the Darkish Horse incorporates new cooling {hardware} together with an auxiliary engine oil cooler, transmission oil cooler (for the automated), a lighter and extra environment friendly radiator and extra highly effective cooling followers. That is matched to a very completely different six-speed handbook transmission sourced from Tremec, in addition to a special Torsen limited-slip differential.

The chassis additionally has its personal upgrades, together with bespoke spring charges and upgrades to the usual match Magneride dampers. A thicker anti-roll bar on the rear axle can also be included with a strut brace mounted throughout the entrance suspension towers and a rear Okay-brace. The wheel and tyre package deal can also be new, that includes staggered widths on bespoke 19-inch wheels entrance to rear (19 x 9-inch entrance, 19 x 9.5-inch rear) wrapped in Pirelli P Zero rubber.

Darkish Horse fashions will then be accessible with an extra Dealing with Bundle that mixes a number of visible upgrades together with a bigger rear wing and entrance splitter, with additional modifications to the springs, entrance and rear anti-roll bars and even wider 19-inch wheels (19 x 10.5-inch and 19 x 11-inch, entrance and rear) operating on Trofeo R rubber.

Design and inside

The brand new Mustang’s design is derived from the earlier mannequin, with a a lot sharper look underpinned by comparable proportions. That is outlined within the fashionable age by a coke-bottle silhouette, created by a typical rising haunch over the rear wheel.

But the brand new component you would possibly discover extra is the bigger grille and slim LED headlights that now sit beneath the primary belt line. This gives the brand new Mustang with an aggressive new face, punctuated by typical triple-light parts that match the slimmed hind lights. 

The cabin has been completely reimagined, with new digital interfaces set right into a single financial institution atop the sprint. The brand new high-resolution interfaces are made up from a 12.4-inch driver’s and 13.2-inch fundamental touchscreen show that each clear up the dashboard, with out eradicating too many hard-keys.

Darkish Horse fashions characteristic their very own delicate upgrades, together with a set of Recaro seats and a thicker steering wheel rim. It additionally options distinctive color and trim parts, together with Alcantara interior sections and blue stitching. 

Alongside the highway automobile’s debut, Ford has additionally revealed quite a lot of motorsport variants together with a factory-supported GT3 class racer that can compete within the North American ISMA championship and return to Le Mans in 2024 in European FIA GT3 sequence. Ford’s dedication to the Australian V8 Supercars sequence has additionally been confirmed, in addition to a GT4 and future NASCAR entries.

2023 Ford Mustang Darkish Horse confirmed for the UK – EAST AUTO NEWS


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