Will the 2024 Ford Mustang be the final and solely V-8 muscle automobile round?
Ford unveiled the 2024 Mustang on Wednesday night time in the course of the media preview of the Detroit Auto Present, however the largest information for its legendary pony automobile is likely to be what hasn’t modified. The coupe and convertible is not going to be electrified and can as a substitute carry over up to date variations of Ford’s 2.3-liter turbo-4 and basic 5.0-liter V-8.
That V-8 may very well be alone within the atrophying muscle automobile world. Manufacturing of the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger will finish on the finish of 2023, and with it the numerous V-8 variants wrenched out of Dodge SRT’s mechanical wizardry. Dodge plans to ditch combustion engines altogether in favor of a brand new tackle the electrical automobile. The production-leaning Charger Daytona Idea flexes muscle automobile traits with a roaring exhaust sound and multi-speed transmission packaged in a drop-dead beautiful design.
Dodge Charger Daytona Idea
Dodge Charger Daytona Idea
Dodge Charger Daytona Idea
Whereas we all know the plans for Ford and Dodge muscle vehicles, Chevy stays inscrutable. Updates to the Camaro have been sparse the previous couple of years, and rumors recommend manufacturing of the present sixth-generation Camaro will finish in 2024 and will probably be changed by an electrical efficiency sedan. With Chevy planning on promoting full battery electrical variations of the 2024 Chevy Equinox EV and 2024 Chevy Blazer EV alongside internal-combustion-engine variations of these widespread crossovers, might Chevy carry two Camaros with completely different propulsion programs?
That appears unlikely. Nevertheless it additionally appears unlikely that Chevy will go away Ford alone as the one builder and vendor of a bona fide American icon, the V-8 muscle automobile. Which one is extra unlikely?
Chevy has been taking part in comply with the chief because it ramps up its Ultium battery propulsion system technique. The Chevy Silverado EV adopted the Ford F-150 Lightning to market, and the Blazer EV adopted the Ford Mustang Mach-E to market within the booming electrical crossover section.
2022 Chevrolet Camaro (ZL1)
Does the market nonetheless help a number of ICE muscle vehicles? In 2021, Ford ceded its muscle automobile crown to the getting older Dodge Challenger, which outsold the Mustang by about 1,900 models. Dodge bought roughly 54,300 Challengers to the Mustang’s 52,400. Camaro gross sales have been operating at lower than half of that. GM bought fewer than 22,000 Camaros in 2021 in comparison with round 50,000 in 2018 and 2019. When the sixth-gen Camaro launched for 2016, gross sales had been above 70,000, as they’d been for almost the last decade prior.
There is no denying the Camaro slide, however would an automaker deserted a section it helped create that also accounted for 120,000 automobiles yearly?
What is understood for certain is the continuation of the Ford Mustang. Anticipated in dealerships early subsequent summer time, the 2024 Ford Mustang sports activities a extra wind-swept type and hosts many technological upgrades. The seventh-generation pony automobile wears new physique panels, in response to Ford, and could have extra downforce and a decrease coefficient of drag from its predecessors. The low beltline, lengthy nostril, and brief deck stay, however the rear haunches flex out in a extra Camaro-like means, and Ford has up to date its tri-bar lighting theme back and front.
Inside, each Mustang comes with a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster configurable with 5 completely different themes. Essentially the most fascinating theme is Fox Physique that tasks an analog look in homage to the third-generation Mustang that spanned the ’80s and courted a brand new era of Mustang followers. It is going to be complemented by a 13.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, and on high fashions the screens can be housed below a single piece of glass.
A flat-bottomed steering wheel can be combined with greater grade cabin supplies with extra soft-touch surfaces, distinction stitching, and a crimson upholstery possibility. An digital drift brake presents a brand new tackle an endangered function, with a deal with that turns 90 levels as a substitute of a pull-up hand brake. The important thing fob permits distant begin and distant engine revving.
2024 Ford Mustang
Beneath the whizz buzz bang, the Mustang stays principally the identical, driving on the identical platform for the reason that sixth-gen model launched for 2015. The decrease management arms, rear suspension hyperlinks, and different suspension elements have been up to date, and the steering system has been revised for a faster steering ratio, Ford stated.
Ford did not disclose specs, however the engines obtain updates that ought to enhance energy and enhance gasoline effectivity on the turbo-4. The 2022 Ford Mustang has a 310-hp 2.3-liter turbo-4 that may be upgraded to 330 hp with a Efficiency Pack.
The 5.0-liter V-8 channels extra air with the most recent replace, and Ford suggests the upgrades ought to enhance output past the present 450-hp ranking for the GT and 470-hp ranking within the Mach 1. A 2024 Ford Mustang Darkish Horse goals for an output of 500 hp, and spawns a collection of track-ready Darkish Horse variants. A 6-speed guide or 10-speed automated transmission carry over for the turbo-4 and V-8, and the rear wheels and solely the rear wheels get all of the torque.
2024 Ford Mustang Darkish Horse
An non-compulsory Efficiency Pack could be added to each the GT and turbo-4 for larger dealing with and stability with a entrance strut tower brace and a limited-slip rear differential. Out there add-ons with the Efficiency Pack embody a magnetic suspension, wider rear wheels and tires, bigger brakes, Recaro bucket seats, and an energetic exhaust.
Count on extra information and specs, and maybe an announcement from Chevy, within the months previous the arrival of the 2024 Ford Mustang subsequent summer time.