September 29, 2023

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10 RWD Sports Cars That Can Embarrass The New Ford Mustang Dark Horse

The 2024 Ford Mustang is one of the most technologically advanced Mustangs ever made. The Dark Horse is the standard Mustang’s evil alter-ego that is built to be a performance car. It features a screaming 5.0-liter Coyote V8 and some insane bits to make it feel at home in a racetrack.

There is no question about the Mustang Dark Horse’s performance, but still, if you fancy a sports car that is faster than this, there are some options. Some of these are purpose-built, light RWD sports cars that can run rings around the Ford Mustang. So, without further delay, here are 10 RWD sports cars that can embarrass the 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse:



10 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (white) - front
Via: Cadillac Media

Let’s start this off with something that is similar to the Ford Mustang Dark Horse. The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is a powerhouse thanks to its 650 hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine paired with a 10-speed auto or a six-speed manual transmission.

Apart from that, the muscle car also features track-focused updates to make it faster and handle better around a racetrack.

9 Porsche Boxster

Porsche 718 GTS
Via Porsche

Okay, the Porsche Boxster is not as powerful as the 500hp Mustang Dark Horse. But out on a twisting road or a racetrack, the Boxster shines.

The 300hp turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four in the base model might not be the best alternative, but the turbo version and the epic 394hp 4.0-liter flat-six on the GTS 4.0 will surely unlock the performance of the Boxster to another level.

8 Lexus RC-F

2020 Lexus RC F Coupe
Via Lexus Enthusiast

The Lexus RCF is like the Mustang Dark Horse in many areas. For instance, the RCF also uses a 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 that sends 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of twist to the rear wheels with some help from an 8-speed automatic transmission.

It makes almost the same power as the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 and features some trick parts such as Brembo six-piston brakes, and adaptive suspension, making it a serious sports car.

7 Nissan 400Z

Nissan 400z boost 2

Nissan’s latest Z car is a blast into the past with its styling that harks back to the original Fairlady Z. Under the hood is a 400 hp 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 good for hitting 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

This Japanese sports car gets most things right, along with a sharp chassis that make sure you have a blast around winding roads and a dedicated course. Sounds like just any other Z car, right?

6 Porsche Cayman

Porsche 718 Cayman Front
via Porsche

The Porsche 718 Cayman, like the Boxter, is a small mid-engined car and not really a direct competitor to the Ford Mustang Dark Horse. But the Cayman has a trick up its sleeve in the form of the 4.0-liter flat-six engine that develops enough power to take the fight to the Dark Horse.

The Cayman GTS is one of the best-handling sports cars and an absolute treat to drive. If money is not an issue, there’s always the Cayman GT4 and the Cayman GT4 RS, which are supercar-slaying sports cars.

Related: Here’s Why The Porsche Cayman GT4 RS Is Actually Better Than Most 911s

5 BMW M2

BMW-M2-2023 red
via: BMW

The latest iteration of BMW’s most loved modern M car, the M2’s looks splits opinions. The old car was a gorgeous sports car that just looked mean. Despite whether you like how it looks or not, you cannot ignore its performance from the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter engine.

Output figures are rated at 453 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of twist making this a mean sports car even today.

4 Toyota GR Supra

White 2023 Toyota GR Supra
via: Toyota

Well, the Toyota GR Supra needs no introduction. Although it got a lot of flak for being built by BMW in Austria, the GR Supra is a brilliant sports car with performance to justify its legendary nameplate.

The BMW B58 twin-turbo 3.0-liter 382 hp inline-six helps this sports car sprint to 60mph in under 4 seconds. Thanks to an ultra-rigid chassis, the GR Supra is also a great car around a racetrack with immense mod support.

Related: 2023 Toyota GR Supra: Costs, Facts, And Figures

3 BMW M4

A look at the 2023 BMW M4 Competition Coupe.
Via: BMW

Things get serious with the BMW M4. The god-awful kidney grilles are still controversial, but the BMW M4 is a really capable sports car. Even in its base form, the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine produces 473 hp and 406 lb-ft of twist.

This results in a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 4.1 seconds and a 180 mph top speed! Then there’s the M4 Competition and the wicked M4 CSL.

Related: 5 Things We Love About The BMW M4 (5 Reasons Why We’d Rather Buy The M2)

2 Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Carrera T Python Green Gulf Blue

The Porsche 911 is anything but a cheap sports car, especially when you compare the price tag of other sports cars and the Ford Mustang Dark Horse. But a 911 is a 911 and nothing can replace it.

The base version uses a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, 6-cylinder flat-six engine, enough for a respectable 379 hp. Thanks to this, the Porsche 911 can reach a top-speed of 182 mph and complete the 0-60 mph sprint in just 4.0 seconds.

1 Lotus Emira

Seneca Blue Lotus Emira
via Lotus

The Emira is the latest sports car and the last IC-engined car from the revered British brand Lotus. It is a sports car that looks and drives like a supercar, thanks to its mid-engined layout.

The Emira is powered by a supercharged 3.5-liter Toyota V6 engine developing 395hp and the infamous 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine from AMG that puts out 365hp. Tipping the scales at just 3,200 lbs, the Emira is a true Lotus and a car for the ardent drivers.