Ford prepares a next generation of Mustang. Better known internally by its code name S650, it will be presented to the general public on April 17, 2023 to pay tribute to the very first Mustang, unveiled on the same date in 1964.
Although Ford remains tight-lipped about the details of its next pony car, it was possible for us to paste the pieces of information available in order to paint a portrait. Here’s everything we know about him.
Yes, Ford is preparing an all-electric Mustang coupe, but not for the next generation. At least, that is not what the information we have gathered suggests. The S650 could therefore be the last Mustang in history to run on gasoline.
The same engines, modified
In all likelihood, the 2024 Mustang would be based on a reworked architecture of the existing model. The manufacturer could also keep all of the current engines, that is to say the 4-cylinder turbocharged (EcoBoost) of 2.3 liters and the V8 of 5.0 liters. The 6-speed manual and 10-speed automatic transmissions also seem to be in the game.
However, everything suggests that the 4-cylinder would be paired with some form of hybridization. In addition to improving its energy efficiency, electrification could allow it to be even more efficient. If this engine currently develops a power of 310 horsepower and produces a torque of 350 lb-ft, it could exceed 320 horsepower and 370 lb-ft thanks to the addition of an electric motor. Everything is still at the stage of speculation.
Admittedly, the V8 remains in the manufacturer’s plans, but it is obvious that Ford will have to adapt it to the new GHG emission standards imposed by the EPA in 2026. It is therefore possible that this engine also incorporates the hybridization or, at a minimum, light hybridization.
Similar design, still propulsion
Being based on a modified platform from its predecessor, the 2024 Mustang might not change too much in terms of design. Rather, we expect a big update to the existing model. One thing is certain, its rear-wheel-drive coupe or cabriolet configuration with the cabin stretched towards the rear axle is here to stay.
Ford recently filed a patent application proposing a new controlled skid system called drift mode. By pressing a button in the cabin, the driver unlocks this mode, which allows the rear differential to distribute power from left to right via a clutch assembly. If the Mustang gets this mode, it might be even more fun to drive than the existing model.
Already armed for the race
Ford has confirmed that the next Mustang will race in GT3 events. The manufacturer intends to introduce it at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2024. It will be the Canadian equipment manufacturer Multimatic Motorsports, the same company that set up the Ford GT, which will be responsible for building the racing Mustang.
This version will undoubtedly give birth to a very powerful model marketed in very limited quantities. This model, which could bear the name GT3, could replace the Shelby GT500 within the range. However, it is still too early to confirm everything.
The further we get into the calendar, the more we’ll know about the next Ford Mustang. OneCarSpot therefore continues to follow the evolution of this highly anticipated model.