New 2023 Ford Mustang keeps atmo V8 and manual gearbox

Commenting after the Mustang’s unveiling, Ford CEO Jim Farley said: “Investing in another generation of Mustang is a big statement at a time when many of our competitors are exiting the business of internal combustion vehicles.”

Ford reveals track-focused Mustang Dark Horse with 500bhp and handling upgrades

The Blue Oval has also unwrapped a new 500bhp Dark Horse performance variant that’s been created for those who will use their car on track.

Said to be the first new performance nameplate since the Bullitt was introduced 21 years ago, the new variant has been created to bridge the gap between the Mustang Mach 1 and the wild Shelby GT350 and GT500 twins.

Sharing the same 5.0-litre ‘Coyote’ V8 as the standard Mustang GT, the Dark Horse gains a software remap plus forged internals – that include the connecting rods from the 760bhp GT500 – to help it produce 20bhp more than the standard lump.

To improve durability and keep it cool during hot track sessions, the Dark Horse bags NACA brake cooling ducts, an auxiliary engine cooler, a rear differential cooler and a lighter radiator that, combined with more powerful fans, boosts thermal efficiency.

A Handling pack is also available, adding stickier Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS rubber, stiffer springs, thicker front and rear anti-roll bars, and different dampers. Brembo six-pin callipers clamp down on 13.9in discs.

Pricing is tipped to be priced from $60,000 (£52,000), but there’s no confirmation that it will be offered in the UK.

In the US, two track-only versions – the Mustang Dark Horse S and Dark Horse R will also be offered.

The S is stripped of all its luxuries, getting an FIA-certified roll cage, safety nets and a fire suppressant system in their place.

Under the skin, a race-spec exhaust and adjustable suspension have been added. A new rear spoiler features at the rear to boost downforce.

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