- The 2024 Ford Mustang plays in the seventh generation with a more muscular styling and a technology-centric interior. (Model year 2023 will be carried over.)
- The Mustang still has a 2.3-liter turbo quattro and 5.0-liter V-8, but both engines are heavily upgraded for the new generation.
- Ford also introduces cool features that include an electronic drift brake and a way to crank the engine remotely.
It’s been nearly 60 years since the original Ford Mustang was unveiled at the 1964 World Exposition. The rest is automotive history, with the Stang becoming an instant hit and basically inventing the horse car genre. Now, after nearly six decades and countless iterations, the 2024 Ford Mustang arrives and marks the beginning of the seventh generation and possibly the last gas-powered ponies.
A beefier, more tech-focused Mustang
Sure, the design of the seventh-generation Mustang is more evolutionary than revolutionary, but its bodywork is completely new and noticeably more angular than before. The previous generation was designed for a global audience and the new one definitely retains the attractive proportions of its predecessor, but now exudes more muscular vibes. The front is squarer and rumored to be inspired by the original Mustang, but its new headlights, with their three-bar LED elements, are a modern touch. Its three-bar taillights remain a distinctive detail, but are more pronounced than ever. The sides of the car are also wider and the rear overhang is shorter.
Without a doubt, the most dramatic difference between the new Mustang and previous versions is its interior. The classic “double bubble” dashboard design is finished. Instead, the cockpit now contains a more driver-centric layout, dominated by digital displays. Most 2024 Mustangs have a huge glass panel that combines a 12.4-inch instrument cluster and 13.2-inch touchscreen; the basic model has the screens of the same size, but they are separate. The new-look interior is a big break from tradition, but Ford said it’s bound to appeal to a younger demographic of people who grew up playing video games.
Video games like Forza Motorsport it also inspired animations and how users interact with the Mustang’s Sync 4 infotainment system, which Ford says has a new architecture that allows for over-the-air updates and abundant customization. Among the many features of the system is the ability to select different instrument panel designs, including retro dials exactly like those on the ’87 -’93 Fox-bodied Mustangs. Is fantastic. Too bad there are no other options than the old school Mustangs.
Ford has not only made the interior of the new Mustang more technocentric; it also improved the materials, which plagued the previous generation. Not only parts of the dashboard and doors can be wrapped in leather-like materials, and other trim pieces wear a vibrant carbon weave pattern, but all of the plastic is laser-etched with a fine grain that looks more refined.
New generation EcoBoost and Coyote engines
The 2024 Mustang continues to be offered as a coupe or convertible. Both body styles are also still available with a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four or a 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. However, both engines have been heavily revised for the latest generation and each can be identified by distinctive front-end details, such as the larger grille and air intakes on the V-8 powered GT models.
The EcoBoost engine features the most significant changes, which include better packaging, new fuel delivery and ignition systems, a higher compression ratio, and an updated turbocharger, among other improvements. Ford says the upgrades make the four-cylinder more fuel-efficient and improve performance. While we have been told that power and torque data will not be released until closer to launch, we expect to see a slight increase in current EcoBoost ratings to 330 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque. Unfortunately, the four pot is now only offered with the 10-speed automatic due to the low exchange rates for the manual transmission.
The fourth generation Coyote engine adds dual throttle bodies powered by dual air intakes, a configuration that Ford says provides better airflow and helps increase horsepower. We don’t know the exact power of the engine yet, but Ford says the updated V-8 is the most powerful ever seen in a Mustang, so it should surpass the current version’s 480 horsepower and 420 foot-pounds of torque. The 5.0 also receives a new steel oil pan that is said to help improve oil flow and reduce friction. The driver side exhaust manifold has also been updated and the exhaust camshaft timing has been revised. The V-8 still comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, which Ford has paired with a new DMF that is more robust. The 10-speed automatic remains an option and has minor updates aimed at improving shift speeds and scheduling.
One of the exciting new features Ford introduced on the seventh generation Mustang is called Remote Rev. As the name suggests, it allows people to crank the engine remotely using the car’s remote, which looks set to entertain teens and annoy audiences. older. Remote Rev works with its own preprogrammed sound and comes on any Mustang with the active exhaust system, except models equipped with a manual. He points to the sad trombone.
Improved steering and drift stick
Overall, the new Mustang has the same platform as its predecessor, with the two sharing an essentially identical 107.0-inch wheelbase. However, Ford tweaked things by specifying aluminum for both front lower links on all cars, changing the suspension joint design, and updating the rear suspension links with Shelby GT350-inspired units. The Mustang also has new springs and shock absorbers that are said to better match the driving and performance goals of each specific model. Notably, the steering system has been heavily revised with a new rack, quicker ratio, and other changes that Ford claims make the rudder more responsive (20 percent, to be exact). The Mustang now also has a flat-bottomed steering wheel with a thicker rim and a slightly smaller diameter.
The seventh generation also has new brake packages, which go with the introduction of an electronic brake booster. Models with 19-inch wheels also have new six-piston fixed front Brembo calipers and four-piston rear calipers. Most noteworthy is the new electronic drift brake, not to be confused with the Ford “Drift Stick” offered on the Focus RS. It comes on all Mustangs equipped with the optional Performance Package. Although it resembles a traditional electric brake lever, when drift mode is activated, it instantly locks the rear wheels with four to five times more force than a regular parking brake. There is no modulation involved. It’s an interesting option, but perhaps doomed to the infamy of Cars and Coffee.
Returning to the Performance package, it is available on EcoBoost and GT models. It offers extra reinforcement, a larger radiator and cooling fan, larger front and rear brakes, a Torsen limited slip differential, thicker anti-roll bars and wider rear wheels and tires. When it comes to rubber, Mustangs with the Performance package now wear Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires instead of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires; a series of all continental seasons are standard. With GT models, the Performance Package also includes brake lines and an auxiliary engine oil cooler.
Regardless of what’s under the hood, opting for the Performance kit unlocks a set of Recaro front seats and MagneRide adaptive shock absorbers. What’s interesting about the latter is that they include what Ford calls Active Pothole Mitigation, which monitors the rate of shocks and overshoots the system when it encounters a pothole. Yet another feature of the novel, and certainly useful for those of us who live in the snow belt.
While Ford has not yet announced how much the 2024 Mustang will cost, we expect its prices to be in line with the upcoming versions, which currently start at around $ 29,000 for the base EcoBoost model and top $ 57,000 for the Mach 1. The new Mustang will go on sale next summer.
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