Ford released a handful of new details on its upcoming 2024 Mustang Dark Horse ahead of the Chicago Auto Show on Wednesday, giving enthusiasts a look at the exclusive paint and interior appointments for the 500-hp V-8-powered pony car.
The biggest news is the paint. Blue Ember metallic is available exclusively on the Mustang Dark Horse, packed with "special effect pigments" that allow for dramatic color shifts depending on the light and angle. Ford says it mixed complementary colors to generate the effect which, from photos, looks as if the paint can shift from dark blue to light purple depending on several factors.
“If color is a reflection of a vehicle’s personality, Blue Ember transforms the Mustang Dark Horse and highlights a natural saddle-color horse hidden inside the strong chiseled fastback’s exterior form,” senior color and materials designer Carrie Kennerly said in a statement. “Multiple elements are combined to give Blue Ember its intriguing and stealthy appearance that really drives home how unique Mustang Dark Horse is.”
The Dark Horse also gets two exclusive stripe options; one vinyl and one painted. The painted stripe option is painted by hand in a "specialized process," differently from any other Mustang in the lineup, according to Ford. Like the Shelby GT500's hand-painted stripes, we assume this will be a very expensive add-on.
The exclusive appointments don't stop once you step inside. The Mustang Dark Horse gets an anodized blue, lightweight titanium shift knob as standard, along with a leather-wrapped e-brake and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with contrast Indigo Blue stitching. Option the 10-speed automatic, and that shift knob is swapped out for a standard automatic gear selector and anodized silver paddle shifters on the wheel. All Mustang Dark Horses will get a plaque on the instrument panel signifying the car's chassis number.
Customers in need of more bolstering can option specially designed Recaro performance seats with blue bolsters, contrast blue stitching, and Dinamica suede center inserts. There are also blue seatbelts to round out the very blue interior theme.
Ford says the 2024 Mustang Dark Horse will go on sale in summer 2023. Pricing has yet to be revealed, though we expect it to start at somewhere in the high $50,000 range, similar to the current Mustang Mach 1.
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