2024 Ford Mustang gets BMW-style digital dash, manual transmission, and keyfob-revving 5.0 V8

This is the 2024 Ford Mustang, probably the last to follow the 1964 model's design, and the only one that lets you rev its V8 engine from the sidewalk.

The first new Mustang in nine years was revealed today at the 2022 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The engine lineup still includes 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and 5.0-liter Coyote V8 motors. 

Ford has upgraded the Mustang, though. Dearborn execs hope the 2024's styling and hardware updates will help it overtake Dodge's aging but popular Challenger in North American sales charts before Stellantis sends its Mustang rival to the combustion graveyard.

Ford CEO Jim Farley said, "Investing in another generation of Mustang is a big statement when many of our competitors are exiting the business of internal combustion vehicles."

The 2024 S650 Mustang has Tri-Bar LED headlights and wider rear arches for a more muscular stance. The convertible and fastback coupe body styles are back, and the fastback has a longer roofline to make wearing a helmet easier.

For the first time, 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter GT cars will be easy to distinguish when they cruise up behind you. The V8 GT cars get a new front-end design with a split upper section, enlarged lower intakes to feed the 32-valve motor, new hood vents, and a redesigned front splitter.

Both models are available with a Bronze Design Series appearance package with Sinister Bronze wheels and bronze badges, and an optional Performance Pack with a front strut brace, Torsen LSD, 390mm front and 355mm rear Brembo brakes, and wider rear wheels and tires. 

MagneRide adaptive dampers, Recaro seats, and an active exhaust are available on Performance Pack cars.

Performance Pack GTs get brake cooling ducts, an oil cooler, Active Pothole Mitigation, and an electronic drift brake. What looks like a mechanical hand brake operates the rear stoppers using electric motors, says Ford. 

It's "engineered for novice drivers to learn and improve their drift skills while also providing expert drivers with a competition-ready system." Next summer will bring more Mustang crash videos.

Base cars have 17-inch wheels, while GTs have 19s and 20s as options. Three Brembo brake caliper colors and 11 exterior paint choices can be personalized with new stripe colors and designs.

Some of the biggest 2024 Mustang changes are inside the cabin, which resembles BMW's. The new car has a configurable 12.4-inch digital instrument pack and a 13.2-inch SYNC 4 touchscreen with Amazon Alexa.

The result is a dramatic departure from previous Mustangs' retro-style cabins, but it brings the pony car up to date, the quality appears good, and the graphics are incredibly clear thanks to Ford's use of Unreal Engine 3D. 

Few hard keys remain, but most controls have moved to a touchscreen, a move Ford says was supported by existing Mustang owners, not just millennials.

Flat-bottom steering wheel, optional wireless phone charging pad, and full suite of safety systems including adaptive cruise, road sign recognition, and Reverse Brake Assist. 

You can attach trackday action cameras and other devices to the windshield via USB ports located above your head. Premium models have accented stitching on the instrument panel and door trim, and GT models have leather seat inserts.

Engines remain. There's good and bad news. No major advances means we can still buy a Mustang with a naturally-aspirated V8 and manual transmission for a few years.

Ford hasn't revealed how much power the new 2.3 and 5.0 engines make, but claims the V8 will be the Mustang GT's most powerful standard V8 yet. 

The new GT must do better than the current car's 460 hp (466 PS) and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm) before losing 10 hp (10 PS) due to 2022 emissions regulations. We'd like to see the EcBoost's 310 hp and 350 lb-ft increased.