The Ford Mustang launched the fashion for pony cars – or muscle cars – in 1964. In 2024, the famous sports car with the blue oval will celebrate its 60th anniversary and Ford will take the opportunity to launch the seventh generation which is evolving in subtlety for the exterior style but deep inside. Under the hood, the 4-cylinder turbo Ecoboost and V8 are renewed and improved while in the cabin, the Mustang is full of state-of-the-art technologies in terms of infotainment and connectivity. But above all, Ford wanted this (probable) latest generation of thermal Mustang to be even more fun than the previous ones and added fun features like Remote Rev and Electronic Drift Brake. Finally, Ford has every intention of making the Mustang shine in competition with four different versions, one of which is intended to run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans!
Under the hood of this Mustang 2024, Ford retains the proposals of the current model with the introduction of the 4-cylinder 2.3 Ecoboost which develops 310 or 330 hp depending on the version and which receives direct and indirect double injection and benefits from a rate of higher compression, better thermal efficiency and reduced internal friction to increase power and reduce fuel consumption and emissions. We could therefore count on powers between 325 and 350 hp.
But the true heart of a Mustang, coupe or convertible, remains a good old V8. The atmospheric 5 Liter will therefore also be renewed with a target of 500 hp for the most powerful variant called Dark Horse. As a reminder, the current GT delivers 450 hp and the Mach 1 470 hp. Whether 4 or 8 cylinders, the customer will have the choice between a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 10-speed automatic. If Ford remains evasive as to the exact specifications, the American manufacturer has however specified that the range will include three hardcore versions: Dark Horse, Dark Horse S and Dark Horse R.
In terms of the chassis, this seventh generation is based on an evolved version of the DC2 platform with aluminum lower suspension arms at the front, redesigned rear suspension, shock absorbers, springs and anti-roll bars for more rigidity, dynamism and stability. ‘efficiency.
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A Mustang aesthetic
In terms of style, this seventh generation remains faithful to the principle of soft evolution adopted since the 2005 revival. marked and sides with simplified and smoother surfaces. Finally, the typical light signature revisits the 3 light strips at the rear… and at the front for daytime running lights. The more massive grille is different depending on whether it is the 2.3 Ecoboost or the V8 GT, the latter receiving two vertical “reinforcement bars” and larger air intakes in the shield. The models equipped with the V8 are also distinguished by ventilation scoops on the bonnet, a trunk spoiler and two dual exhaust outlets (two single for the 4-cylinder), not to mention the suitable badges and the rims with a different design. Like Jeep, Ford will leave a few “easter eggs” here and there, with, among other things, the profiles of the 7 generations of Mustang lined up on the rear window.
While the exterior is evolving, the passenger compartment is undergoing a technological revolution… now with two digital screens aligned under a single frame, in a horizontal position. With the central infotainment screen angled slightly towards the driver. It overlooks two large air vents and the physical controls for the air conditioning. Qualitatively, the photos suggest an improvement in the finish, even if the materials still seem very “American” for some.
Note the adoption of a flat steering wheel on the bottom, and a traditional handbrake… visually. Indeed, if the classic lever persists, it hides one of two new gadgets offered by Ford: the Electronic Drift Brake. A novelty developed with drift king Vaughn Gittin Jr. This consists of an electronic parking brake which the driver can operate using a 90 degree curved lever and can be activated by an icon on the screen central. When used, the EDB automatically activates the car in Track mode and allows the driver to control the handbrake like a professional drifter.
But Ford pushes the fun even further since you can have fun with your Mustang… remotely thanks to the Remote Rev. This feature not only allows you to start your pony car remotely, but also revs up the engine via the remote control. Not sure that all the neighbors appreciate it, but something to show off in front of friends, for sure!
Competition at the heart of the program
Ford is keen to capitalize on the Mustang’s sporty image and has developed four competition variants of its coupe. One is intended for drag racing competitions, the other for the Australian Supercars championship, but it is more the GT4 and GT3 variants that interest us since they will be eligible for many European championships. Better, the GT3 will be able to claim victory in the general classification at the 24 Hours of Spa and a category victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since the GT3 will replace the GTE from 2024 as the only GT category.
Prices and deliveries
If Ford is already presenting its new Mustang, the latter will be launched in the United States initially as a 2024 model and will arrive in showrooms in early summer 2023. Pricing is not yet known, but should remain in the vein of the current generation. However, Ford has not yet specified whether the seventh generation Mustang will still be officially imported into Europe or not.