This article includes independent images created by CarScoops artist Josh Byrnes based on the 2024 Mustang prototype captured by our own Intel as well as our spies. Renders are not affiliated with or approved by Ford
Ford’s sixth-generation Mustang Dearborn has been a huge success for the automaker, with worldwide hype winning new fans from America to Australia. A nip-talk here and there has kept it fresh, yet the time is near for a new, completely redesigned pony car to tackle the earth.
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Our photographic sleuths have snatched the next, seventh-generation Mustang, codenamed S650, in heavy disguise. So equipped with that aesthetic Intel and a few internal leaks, we dive into everything we know about the S550’s successor.
E for evolution
You may notice that the ratio, hardpoint and roof line are almost the same as the current car. Why? Well, this is not a ground-up redesign as you would expect. Rumor has it that the S650 was based on the new rear-drive Lincoln Aviator / Explorer platform, but that plan seems to have failed.
It is still a curse thorough rearrangement; The styling is sharp, black and almost retro. The GT variant has a bold Mach 1-inspired lower bumper and a Focus RS-like grille. That grill will be a talking point for many – it’s smaller than it looks because of its stiff, inverted trapezoidal frame (which is a good thing in this context).
The Slim Matrix headlamp has three U-shaped DRL components, where the hood rocks a flat profile with a central crease. Side profile changes consist of stiff sheet metal surfacing, crisp C-channel sculpture, and solid hunches. LED tri-bar taillamps sit at a more aggressive angle, when the quad is exhausted, and the square-off rear bumper helps cement the GT’s quick appearance.
Inside new technology, retro throwback
The popularity of the Ford 80s Fox Body Mustang has been influenced by the favorite of square-edge drag racers with cabin styling. The overlay div is responsible for holding dimming the rest of the image.
So, what is the main change? Well, it loses its dual-cowl dashboard for a conventional, more driver-based setup and key body buttons angled towards the driver. Other notable items include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a square-off air vent and a traditional gear shifter, and we also expect high quality materials.
The tech goodies include a one-piece digital instrument cluster and an infotainment screen powered by Ford’s latest Sync 4 operating system that supports wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and over-the-air updates (OTA). There will also be a suite of USB-C and USB outlets, wireless charging and driver safety and convenience assistance.
Long live the V8 – for now
Unlike other automakers, the Blue Oval is not offering the Mustang GT’s key draw-card – the dedicated 5.0-liter Coyote V8. It’s part of the puzzle they’re holding to their chests. Some reports indicate that the five-oh will get calibration changes here and there, others indicate that hybrid electrification will be employed.
The most likely candidate for partial electrification is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four powering low specification grade. If so, the battery-assisted powertrain will provide V8 performance with a fraction of the fuel burn. The rear wheels will continue to be powered, although you can bet Ford’s development team is keeping an eye on GM and their upcoming hybridized, all-wheel-drive Corvette.
Rivalry and disclosure
Mustang’s closest rivals are the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro. Still, both are moving away for regeneration – dodge as electrified muscle, and Chevrolet probably as an EV performance sedan (or guess what Mill tells us). This leaves the Mustang largely in a unique place. Of course, Toyota Supra and Nissan have the likes of the revived Z, but neither offers the lightning-free, naturally ambitious V8.
A report from Car & Driver suggests that a world premiere could be held in early April next year as part of the 2024 Model Year offer, where production will continue at Ford’s Flat Rock facility.
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