The New 486-Horsepower V-8 Ford Mustang is in high demand

Ford announced that new Mustang muscle cars will begin shipping next week, with more than two-thirds of orders including the huge, 5-litre V-8 engine. In an era when Detroit automakers are beginning to phase out rumbling petrol burners and shift to electric vehicles in order to meet severe government pollution and fuel economy criteria, demand for roaring engines remains high. According to Ford, there are approximately 13,000 requests for the 2024 Mustangs, which can also be configured with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine. According to spokesman Mike Levine, 67% of those orders include the V-8 engine, and more than a fifth of those interested in the Mustang desire the six-speed manual gearbox.

However, new muscle vehicles are on their way out. General Motors stated in March that the Chevrolet Camaro will be discontinued early next year as a 2024 model. The business would not rule out a Camaro replacement in the future. Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, will discontinue production of gas-powered Dodge Challenger and Charger muscle vehicles by the end of this year. However, the business intends to release a battery-powered Charger performance car in 2024.

Levine would not say whether this Mustang would be the company’s final gas-powered muscle car. “That remains to be seen,” he admitted. In the future, there could possibly be an electric Mustang sports car. With rapid torque and a low centre of gravity, electric vehicles are frequently faster and handle better than internal combustion vehicles. According to Guidehouse Insights eMobility expert Sam Abuelsamid, people are opting for V-8 Mustangs with stick shifts since they may be the last of the gas-powered muscle car era.

“The most die-hard fans will go out and get one of these because you never know when it’s going to end,” he said. When a new Mustang is released, the demand for V-8 engines is nearly always larger than the demand for other available engines, as is the desire for manual gearboxes, because ardent Mustang enthusiasts are often the first to order, according to Abuelsamid. “We tend to see more demand for the V-8 from enthusiasts whenever an all-new Mustang is introduced,” Jim Owens, Mustang brand manager, said in a prepared statement. The new Mustang, which is based on the same platform as the existing model, is manufactured in Flat Rock, Michigan, south of Detroit. The majority of the V-8s make 486 horsepower, however, a Dark Horse version produces 500.

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