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The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is the range-topping pony car for the new S650 lineup. However, the Dark Horse isn’t a Shelby and isn’t supercharged. As a result, a number of cars will outmuscle the Dark Horse for less, like the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, 2014 Shelby GT500, and C6 Chevy Corvette Z06.

The new Ford Mustang Dark Horse will produce 500 tire-shredding horsepower, but it won’t outmuscle these four used cars 

  • 2014 Shelby GT500
  • 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
  • 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Ford’s range-topper for the seventh-generation Mustang is no weakling; its 500 horsepower promise makes it the most powerful 5.0L Coyote V8-powered pony car in the Blue Oval’s history. However, each of these four cars produces over 500 horsepower for less than the 2024 Dark Horse Mustang’s starting price of around $57,970. 

How much is the 2014 GT500 Shelby worth?

A 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has a fair value of around $38,647 with average mileage. That makes the Shelby model one of the best V8-powered performance bargains at its price point. 

The 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, a more powerful Mustang than the Dark Horse, poses in the desert.
2014 Shelby GT500 | Ford

Specifically, the S197-generation Shelby GT500 produces 662 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 5.8L V8. That’s around 162 more ponies than Ford claims the latest range-topping S650 Mustang will produce. 

Is a used 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio more powerful than a new Dark Horse Mustang?

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is nothing short of a four-door Ferrari with a more accessible badge. It summons 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque from its Ferrari-derived turbocharged 2.9L V6. 

A red 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio cruises down a back road.
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio | Stellantis

Moreover, the 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio has a fair value of around $35,476 with average mileage, according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB)

Does a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat out-muscle the upcoming 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse?

The first model year of the venerable Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat changed the face of the horsepower wars. It produced a tire-eating 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 6.2L V8, obliterating the previous record-holding 2014 Shelby GT500’s power figures. 

Moreover, a used Challenger SRT Hellcat with average mileage has a fair purchase price of around $37,577. Still, you’d be hard-pressed to find a decent example for under $40,000. 

How much HP does a C6 Z06 have?

One of the best performance bargains on the market, the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 produces an eager 505 rampaging horses and 470 lb-ft of torque from its naturally aspirated 7.0L V8 (you read that right; it’s a seven-liter mill). 

A bright yellow used Chevy Corvette Z06 from the C6-gen car lineup shows off its front-end.
2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 | General Motors

Moreover, the C6 Z06 will hit 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, as fast as a much newer Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and almost certainly quicker than the upcoming Dark Horse Mustang will handle the sprint.   

Would you take any of these used cars over the all-new Dark Horse? Tell us in the comments below!


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