Here’s Why The Mustang Dark Horse Isn’t A Shelby

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The idea, according to Ford, was to bring the Mustang into the future. The company wanted to make something that would appeal to a younger demographic, get The Youths interested in the Mustang by introducing something new to the lineup — a trim level without pedigree, history, or legacy, that could begin to build those up for itself.

2024 Mustang Dark Horse | Why This Car Exists

That’s the question Savagegeese set out to answer. By speaking with the seventh-generation Mustang’s chief engineer, brand manager, exterior and interior designers, and digital experiences manager, Jack and Mark aimed to figure out the story of the Dark Horse — where it came from, what it’s here to do, and how it’s different.

The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is, by all accounts, a very good car. Yet, as befits the name, it was entirely unexpected — a brand-new performance oriented trim level, 60 years into the Mustang’s dynasty? Why? What could the differences possibly be from the GT, SVT, Cobra, or Shelby monikers?