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Tony Alonso

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I finally was able to take ownership of my ordered 2024 Mustang Dark Horse on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, a day after my 58th birthday. I still have a 2019 Mustang Bullitt in Dark Highland Green that I got on Sep 7, 2018. I wasn't initially taken with the S650 when I saw it at the Sep 14, 2022, reveal in Detroit, MI. I had these initial reactions - 1) "Ah shoot, stupid giant IPad dash," 2) "Looks like a Chevy Camaro in the rear and a Honda Accord in the front," 3) "Dark Horse? What kind of name is that?"

However, Vapor Blue Metallic immediately caught my eye...so I studied it. Over and over again, I kept reading about what Ford was committing to this car. I did like the "Let's go racing" theme from the Ford Performance group. One year later, here I am with one :cool:

My topline impressions -
1) I like the styling evolution from the S550 and color contrast on the Dark Horse exterior and wheels, as well as the blue interior highlights.
2) I absolutely adore the stock exhaust sound.
3) I wasn't sure if I would take to the Recaros, but I definitely find they add to the experience, and I don't have issues with the bigger side bolsters even though I fit snugly in them (I'm 6'2", 218lbs, 36" waist, generally wear XL or 2XL shirts). I did try the Recaros in an S550 Mach 1 before choosing this option.
4) I feel an acceleration difference that's quicker than my '19 Bullitt (a lot probably attributed to the Tremec gearing compared to the Getrag).
5) Shift action is more firm than in the Bullitt (I think it's different but not necessarily better; I actually am OK with them both).
6) The screens are ergonomically placed, and I've adapted to viewing them when seated. It doesn't look as "tacked on" when behind the screen.
7) The MagneRide definitely works nicely with the firmer suspension; there's less rebound than the standard Performance Pack 1 of the '19 Bullitt, so it feels more planted.
8) I got about 340 miles out of the first tank of premium gas when I drove it back from MI to OH after delivery and then around town for a day.
9) I don't notice any fit and finish issues or engine noises (my '19 Bullitt has the 2K rattle, which has lessened over time)
10 Did I metnion I absolutely love the Vapor Blue Metallic?

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this car. I paid MSRP, which I still think is a bit high for the content, however, I recognize the S550 Mach 1 was not that far off in the pricing. Because I ordered the base model with just a single option, I am OK with the content for the price. Ford obviously took good things from the last gen for a more track focused driving experience and melded it into this special edition.

I don't plan on modifying the car. It will be a street driver with the occasional autocross or road course driving experience. I considered the Handling Package, but for the way I plan to drive this, I decided to not get that option. It is an awesome option though!

Congratulations to all those who took delivery, and good luck to those waiting. I sincerely hope you get to experience this car sooner rather than later.

S650 Mustang 2024 Dark Horse Vapor Blue Metallic (600A, manual, Recaro seats) - Cincinnati, OH Dark Horse 3 Quarters Front 9 19 2023


S650 Mustang 2024 Dark Horse Vapor Blue Metallic (600A, manual, Recaro seats) - Cincinnati, OH Dark Horse Door Sill 9 19 2023


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S650 Mustang 2024 Dark Horse Vapor Blue Metallic (600A, manual, Recaro seats) - Cincinnati, OH Tony and Christie Dark Horse 9 19 2023


S650 Mustang 2024 Dark Horse Vapor Blue Metallic (600A, manual, Recaro seats) - Cincinnati, OH Tony with Dark Horse 9 19 2023
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The interior - more muted than what's in the 700A interior but blue highlights nonetheless...

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The window sticker...the dealership is ordering me a replacement one since the original one got ripped, likely from the glass going down when it was delivered to the dealership.

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Enjoy it in good health Tony.
Do you have your Velocity Blue Mach 1 still? Beautiful car! I heavily considered one or a '22 Grabber Blue.
 

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Beautiful car. Congratulations, and a belated Happy Birthday. 🙂
 

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My new GT convertible is also vapor blue, also manual. I am older than you, I an in my seventies. I do not regret buying this car, I regret not having a car like it decades ago
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