The Mustang’s V8 engine is the focus of all attention. It’s attached to a manual transmission. Amazingly, this kind of powertrain can still be found in today’s automotive industry. However, it is worth taking a closer look at the Mustang’s other engine options.
What’s new for 2024?
With sales starting in the summer of 2023, the Mustang enters its seventh generation. Mustang’s new design includes some much-needed updates. There are many powertrain and design changes, but there is also a new lineup of options for those who truly desire speed. The optional Performance Pack upgrade will be available on both EcoBoost and Mustang GT models. The Performance Pack includes a front brace, Torsen limit-slip differential, and wider tires and wheels.
It also features a MagneRide active dampening suspension. For those who are serious about performance, there is an option for Recaro buckets or an active exhaust. Ford also offers the Performance Electronic Parking Brake, which looks similar to a traditional lever-action handbrake. This is said to make it easier to drive the Mustang. A new Mustang Dark Horse track-ready version has been added. It features a sinister 500-hp Coyote-V-8 engine as well as a direct link to the Ford Performance parts bin, which offers more efficient and less expensive equipment upgrades.
Mustang still offers a turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost at its base level and a V-8 in its GT model. The former will be around $30,000. The latter, however, will cost $40,000. We won’t be able to tell you the exact price of the different trims until the 2024 Mustang is closer to its sale date in 2023, but we can recommend the GT GT. The V-8 Mustang is more powerful and has a pleasant growl. It’s also the only powertrain to offer a six-speed manual transmission.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Although the EPA has not released official fuel economy estimates of the 2024 Mustang EcoBoost and GT, it is worth mentioning that the last Mustang achieved an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, with the turbo four-cylinder engine and 10-speed auto transmission.
The added horsepower of the V-8’s last generation resulted in an estimated 15 mpg for the city and 24 mpg on the highway. When the 2024 Mustang becomes available, we’ll update this area with information. Visit the EPA website for more information on the Mustang’s fuel economy.
Ford claims the EcoBoost four-cylinder EcoBoost engine in the 2024 Mustang has been completely redesigned. But what exactly have they done to make this engine new?
The next-generation Ford Mustang’s 2.3L EcoBoost engine, the 2024 Ford Mustang, has seen many significant changes. Many of these have been documented by the YouTube channel Stang Mode. The internals has undergone significant changes, including brand new connecting rods and pistons, a brand new camshaft as well as a brand new fuel delivery system, an air induction system, an electronic turbocharger, and a brand new fuel delivery system.
Thanks to the new rods and pistons, the compression ratio has been increased to 10.6 percent from 9.5 percent. This means that the engine requires less boost to reach its horsepower and torque statistics. Tuners might be able to increase the pressure and add power if they can pass the engine control unit.
The turbocharger was upgraded to a twin-scroll unit equipped with an electronically controlled wastegate. The engine will also now use internally piped exhaust gas recirculation. EGR is well-known to reduce engine emissions but also decreases its lifetime. It will be fascinating to see what Ford engineers did to minimize this disadvantage.
The fuel pressure for the EcoBoost’s direct injection system will rise to 5,000 PSI. It will also be combined with the port injector to create a dual-injected configuration. The EcoBoost will no longer be available with the manual gearbox option, despite the social media furor. It will only work with the 10-speed manual transmission with a gear ratio of 10R80.
Although the official horsepower and torque numbers of the S650 Ford Mustang EcoBoost are not yet available, industry experts agree that we can expect to see figures that exceed the 332 horsepower (and 350 lb-ft) that were found in S550 Mustang EcoBoost HPP. Ford, can we have 350 horsepower and 400 lb-ft? Please?
The 2024 Mustang’s driver’s seat is a perfect example of Ford’s “fighter jet-inspired” design. We are still waiting to hear if the Mustang will break the sound barrier but the standard 12.4-inch instrument cluster is a huge improvement over the one in the previous Mustang. You can customize the configurable display to meet the needs of any red, white, or blue patriot.
There are selectable gauges and colors. A “calm” screen allows you to see only the essential details. The driver’s display and ambient lighting can be adjusted to suit the drive mode that you have selected. The base Mustangs have cloth seats with micro-suede vinyl inserts. The Premium level has stitched bits and parts from the door trim to the dashboard.
The Mustang GT comes with leather inserts. Ford also offers Remote Rev, which allows the engine to rev up with just a click of the key fob. You can then enjoy the sounds from the outside while enjoying the car’s sound system.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The interior design of the new Mustang has been a major improvement. A 13.2-inch touchscreen with Ford’s Sync4 software is available. It flows from the gauge cluster to the middle of the car behind a curved panel.
This system includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while an optional wireless charger reduces the clutter of cables. Amazon Alexa and Ford Streaming can be used to voice-command buttons and knob-turning, and all Mustangs come with Ford Power-Up software capability that allows for updates over-the-air for vehicle functions and software.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
You can also get more driver-assistance technology in the Mustang than in any other pony car. This means you can drive faster and feel safer. Ford Co-Pilot360 is included with every Mustang. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety websites for more information on the Mustang’s crash test results. The following safety features are key:
- Standard adaptive control
- Standard lane departure warning and lane-keeping assistance
- Optional active pothole mitigation is included in the Performance Pack
2024 Ford Mustang Availability
Information beyond the introduction of Mustang is not available at this time. We expect it to arrive in showrooms by the summer of 2023, but Ford will provide some rough estimates of when production and delivery will occur.