Ford has finally detailed the interior of the track-focused, Australia-bound Mustang Dark Horse almost five months after it was first revealed.
At first glance the Ford Mustang Dark Horse‘s interior is largely similar to the Premium model’s with its fighter jet-inspired wrap-around screen setup housing a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 13.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
There are a few notable changes though including the anodised blue, lightweight titanium manual shift knob, which Ford claims to be the centrepiece of the Mustang Dark Horse’s interior.
The Blue Oval claims this titanium shift knob for the six-speed manual transmission is hollow and “does not get as hot to the touch” as similar aluminium knobs.
Customer who opt for the 10-speed automatic transmission instead of the six-speed manual receive anodised silver paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.
Other interior features include a flat-bottom steering wrapped in suede, a leather-wrapped electronic “drift brake” with an anodised lever, metallic gloss trim highlights, carbon fibre-style trim on the instrument cluster and door panels, and blue stitching on the instrument panel, door panels, seats, gear shift boot, and centre console.
There’s even a plaque on the instrument panel that has the vehicle’s chassis number on it.
Ford will offer an optional Dark Horse Appearance package with Recaro performance seats finished in black Dinamica suede, and Deep Indigo Blue bolsters trimmed in Bright Indigo Blue accent stitching.
There are also Deep Indigo Blue seats and “distinctive” seat perforations with blue accents underneath.
In addition to revealing the Mustang Dark Horse’s interior, Ford also detailed the process it took to create its signature colour.
Blue Ember is a metallic shade with “special effect” pigments of deep blues, mixed with a warm amber hue. It’s claimed to have a highly dramatic colour shift in different lights and angles.
As previously detailed, the Ford Mustang Dark Horse is confirmed to be coming to Australia.
It’s unclear when the Mustang Dark Horse will be arriving Down Under, but the core range is due late in 2023.
The Mustang Dark Horse can be distinguished externally by its unique bonnet graphic, front splitter, brembo brakes, and racy spoiler.
Ford recently detailed the outputs for US-spec Mustangs, with the Dark Horse producing 373kW of power and 567Nm of torque from its 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated Coyote V8.
It features a unique crankshaft and forged connecting rods compared to the V8 used in the standard GT. Ford claims the Dark Horse’s engine has been tuned by Ford Performance for track work, and can withstand sustained driving near its 7500rpm redline.
Under the skin, the Dark Horse also features a Torsen limited-slip differential and bigger sway bar at the rear, along with a more serious strut tower brace and new dampers at the front.
The specification sheet for the Dark Horse in the USA appears aligned with what was meant to come Down Under in the outgoing Mustang Mach 1.
It was pitched as a track-oriented take on the GT before Ford Australia watered down its specs, apologised to customers and offered incentives to those keeping their orders, and paid a fine from the ACCC for misleading conduct.
Production of the seventh-generation Mustang begins soon at the company’s plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Sales will begin Stateside from the middle of 2023, with the first Australian deliveries expected to arrive towards the end of next year.
In the meantime, Australian orders for the sixth-generation Mustang have now been closed since July last year and will remain closed until the new-generation model arrives.
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