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The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse packs the most powerful Coyote V8 engine the Blue Oval has ever installed in a pony car. As a result, you might expect the noir pony car to bring the noise and fury to the Mustang lineup. Check out just how fast the ballistic steed is at starting and stopping.

The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse turns 500 horsepower into savage speed

The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse drives through a tunnel.
2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse | Ford

Unsurprisingly, the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse’s 500 horsepower 5.0L Coyote mill pushes it as fast as previous performance-oriented Ford pony cars. 

0-60 mph4.1 seconds (manual)
0-150 mph24.2 seconds
150-0 mph5.2 seconds
¼ mile12.5 seconds at 115 mph
Top speed166 mph (via manufacturer)

Specifically, the Dark Horse with the 10-speed automatic gearbox managed a sprint to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. However, the rowable six-speed TREMEC TR-3160 manual requires a bit more time to do the same sprint. 60 mph comes and goes in about 4.1 seconds for the manual model. That puts the Dark Horse just beyond the reach of the now-discontinued Mustang Mach 1.

What’s more, the all-new range-topping Mustang will hit 150 mph in 24.2 seconds, half a second faster than the Toyota GR Supra 3.0. The Dark Horse’s 166-mph top speed won’t impress most sports car crowds today. Then again, the over-the-top 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was governed to just 165 mph. Neither car lives for all-out sprints on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

No, the Dark Horse, like the Mach 1 it succeeds, is best aboard a circuit or prompting tail-happy slides around corners. Step on the brakes, and the Dark Horse reminds you of its track acumen. 

The Dark Horse stops better than it starts

In Car and Driver’s 0-to-150-to-0 acceleration and braking test, the Ford Mustang Dark Horse managed to scrub off 150 mph of speed in just 5.2 seconds. That’s faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo S.

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