The Ford Mustang is one of the best muscle cars of all time. For generations, the iconic Ford was the first car that many people think of when they hear the word “muscle car.” True, there are setbacks and bad models. But every car model goes through it. We’re not too far off now either from looking at the latest when it comes to the Mustang. The next generation of muscle cars is just around the corner, something that excites a lot of people.
It may not go unnoticed by anyone even though the automotive world is changing. Electric cars are creeping further and further into our lives, and the muscle car segment is sure to follow. The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT is a clear sign of just that. Plus, wade through has given the electric vehicle the Mustang name, with the Mustang Mach-E crossover. This next generation of Mustangs could be one of the most special ever, and unlike any other generation we’ve seen before either. This might be the last of a generation too, ahead of the hybrid or electric future for the model.
What We Know So Far About the Upcoming Mustang
First and foremost, we know that the new Mustang is coming on September 14th. The code name for this next-generation car is S650, and it’s on its way to the 2024 model year. Full disclosure takes place at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. Ford CEO Jim Farley tweeted in July that the reveal was coming, with a hashtag that read #SaveTheManuals. This of course refers to the age of manual cars, not just muscle cars, which are dying around the world.
Thus, it is possible that this latest Mustang will be the last to have a manual transmission. It also seems that the rumors circulating that the car will be all-wheel drive and hybrid are now dead. Automotive News has quoted a source familiar with the company’s plans as saying that while all-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain are in the works, the S650 will only be internal combustion powered, and will still only have rear-wheel drive. Plus, they hope Ford hopes to make this generation’s lifespan eight years, up from the usual six years. It would be safe to say that this might be the last internal combustion-powered Mustang we see.
GT3 Mustang Racer Prospects
While the advent of the new road car is exciting, we also expect to see a new Mustang GT3 racer from Ford as well. Recently, Ford posted an interesting tweet on the Ford Performance Twitter page. It has a short audio clip playing what sounds like an engine from a race car cockpit. This will of course be the new Ford Mustang GT3 race car. This engine will follow the IMSA Sports Car series in 2024, when the championship shifts to GT3 racing for its GT category.
We know that the new Mustang GT3 will likely sport a naturally aspirated 5. liter Coyote V8 engine under the hood, developed by Ford Performance and made by the legendary M-Sport in the UK, one of Ford’s biggest partners. The company is of course most famous for its successful run of Ford in the World Rally Championship. We should get a new look at this GT3 car at the Detroit Auto Show along with the next-generation Mustang, which will help make this event a very exciting one. Of course, there’s a lot more to come from the Mustang road as well.
A Major Interior Redesign Possibility Is In Progress
The consensus, the exterior of this latest generation Mustang will not be much different from the previous one. This is the interior where the biggest changes are possible. Expect to see the digital instrument cluster at the core of the S650’s interior, a cluster that should be wrapped in a driver-focused infotainment touchscreen. And the good news for many, the extra buttons are a must for some basic functions, like volume up for your radio and music.
Last Hurray For Internal Combustion
This generation of Mustangs could be the most memorable and the most important. Many will no doubt breathe a sigh of relief that internal combustion should power this new Mustang. But we all know that the future is coming and that a hybrid, or electric Mustang, could be the next model. At least eight years for this generation gave Ford time to think about what to do next. The S650 generation of Mustang will probably go down in history as the end of an era. So we should really appreciate it while we still have it.
Sources: TopSpeed, Automotive News, Jim Farley Twitter Page, Ford