Ford has launched the all-new seventh-generation Mustang (codenamed S650) to replace the previous-generation S550 model, which debuted nearly 10 years ago in 2013.
The 2024 Ford Mustang is available with two updated engine options, a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine for the GT variant and an all-new 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Transmission options for the car a six-speed manual with rev-matching and a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Six riding modes are available including Normal, Sport, Slippery, Drag, Track and a customizable setting with up to six individual profiles.
The V8 engine features a dual air intake housing and dual throttle bodies to minimize induction loss with higher airflow. For the first time, the Mustang allows its owners to rev the engine remotely using the key fob without even entering the car, via a Remote Rev function.
An optional Performance Pack adds a front tower brace, active exhaust system, Recaro seats, Torsen limited-slip differential, Delphi MagneRide active suspension, larger rear wheels and tires plus larger Brembo rotors large (390mm front and 355mm rear). The Performance Pack also offers a segment-first Performance electronic parking brake to replace the mechanical handbrake when initiating drifts.
The GT Performance Pack adds brake ducts for better cooling and a standard auxiliary engine oil cooler. For a little more agility and driving engagement, the Mustang now offers quicker steering ratios with more connection between the steering wheel and the tires.
Up front, distinctive Mustang cues have been retained, such as the three-bar LED headlight design, although the graphics are now more prominent on the fixture. The new Mustang also sports a new, larger grille inspired by the original 1960s design.
The GT variant of the Mustang differentiates itself from the EcoBoost variants with large grille openings for better airflow to the engine, as well as hood vents and a front splitter. It might not be obvious, but the Mustang’s roofline has also been redesigned to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle, especially with a helmet.
In back, shorter overhangs and wide rear haunches emphasize the muscular car’s athleticism (sorry, pony). The new Mustang’s signature three-bar taillamps feature a slightly arched appearance and a redesigned diffuser for improved aerodynamics. Animated welcome lighting greets occupants as they approach the vehicle.
As for the convertible, the fully lined and insulated fabric roof can be opened with just one touch using a single-handle center latch, and is stowed in a trunk large enough to accommodate two golf bags. Wheel sizes range from 17 to 20 inches, with 11 exterior color options, including new colors such as Vapor Blue and Yellow Splash. Brake calipers can be finished in Black, Red or Grabber Blue.
In addition to the optional Performance Pack, a Mustang Design Series Pack offers further factory customizations. The Bronze Design Series Appearance Package sees Sinister Bronze detailing and alloy wheels added to the Mustang.
Stepping aboard the fighter jet-inspired interior, occupants are greeted by two 12.4-inch curved screens powered by the same Unreal Engine 3D software used in video games to offer different custom displays and animated designs.
When customizing drive modes, the Mustang’s current setup is displayed in real-time renders and like a real video game, settings can be adjusted by dragging the graphic to rotate the car. For a less cluttered display, there’s even a “quiet screen” option with minimal detail.
Mustang’s new copper appearance on the digital instrument cluster is inspired by the all-electric Mustang Mach-E and can be optionally configured to integrate seamlessly into the 13-inch SYNC 4 infotainment screen. 2 inches tucked away behind one-piece glass. The physical buttons for the radio and climate control were removed and integrated into the digital display following feedback from traditional Mustang, Gen Z and Gen Y drivers.
As standard, the Mustang comes with cloth seats with optional suede inserts and black seat belts, while Premium models are distinguished by stitching on the door trim and dash. EcoBoost models feature Ford’s “ActiveX” synthetic leather upholstery, while GT variants come with leather seats. Full-leather steering wheel, perforated upholstery and color-keyed seat belts are available in higher variants.
Other on-board features include wireless charging and overhead USB ports, plus a Bang & Olufsen sound system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity. Amazon Alexa integrated with Ford Streaming is also available to access music and podcasts via voice command.
Driving aids are covered by the Ford Co-Pilot360 system with speed sign recognition, lane centering assist, evasive steering assist, reverse brake assist and adaptive cruise control with stop-go function . The Performance Pack includes Active Pothole Mitigation, which continuously monitors the suspension, body, steering and brakes while adjusting the suspension setup accordingly.
With the FordPass app, users can start and stop the vehicle remotely, lock and locate it, and schedule a start time. It also allows users to access vehicle health and status checks. Assembled at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, USA, the all-new Mustang will go on sale in the United States in the summer of 2023.
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