Ford has an early reward for followers of efficiency this vacation season. Official horsepower numbers are in for the seventh-generation Mustang, and as anticipated, the brand new Darkish Horse mannequin leads the way in which with a fair 500 bhp and 418 pound-feet of torque. Nevertheless, the GT is not far behind with an official ranking of 480 bhp. Add an elective exhaust improve and energy rises to 486 ponies. EcoBoost fashions obtain a slight bump to 315 bhp.
Whereas there have been extra highly effective Mustang fashions by the years, the fourth-generation Coyote V8 within the Darkish Horse is essentially the most highly effective naturally aspirated 5.0-litre manufacturing engine ever supplied by Ford. It wields upgraded internals, specifically solid connecting rods, a novel balanced crankshaft, and strengthened camshafts. Along with bumping the ability barely, the engine is ready to higher stand up to prolonged time at its 7,500-rpm redline.
The fourth-generation Coyote additionally holds station within the GT, matching the 480 bhp beforehand supplied within the Mustang Bullitt. The Mach 1 carried the identical ranking earlier than getting a revision to 470 bhp. A brand new twin throttle physique design helps the most recent Coyote crank out its energy, although you will want to pick the elective lively efficiency exhaust system to get the 486-bhp peak. Torque is as much as 418 lb-ft, or 415 lb-ft with the standard-issue V8.
“Mustang has at all times pushed the envelope,” stated Ford Mustang Chief Engineer Ed Krenz. “From Mustang GT to Darkish Horse, that is our greatest 5.0-litre V8 but. It’s naturally aspirated awesomeness. And Mustang EcoBoost followers are additionally getting a lift in energy to make each Mustang extra enjoyable and visceral to drive.”