the Ford Mustang It is one of the best muscle cars of all time. For generations, the Ford icon has been the car many people think of first when they hear the words “muscle car.” It is true that there have been setbacks and bad models. But all car models go through that. We’re also not too far from seeing the ultimate when it comes to the Mustang. The next generation of the muscle car is just around the corner, something that excites many.
It probably hasn’t escaped anyone’s attention that the automotive world is changing. Electric cars are getting more and more into our lives, and the muscle car segment is sure to follow. The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT is a clear sign of that. Plus, Ford has already given an electric vehicle the name Mustang, with the Mustang Mach-E crossover. This next generation of Mustang could be one of the most special ever and unlike any generation we’ve seen before, too. It could also become the last of a generation, ahead of a future hybrid or electric model.
Everything we know so far about the next Mustang
First of all, we know that the new Mustang will arrive on September 14. The codename for this latest generation of the car is the S650, and it’s headed for the 2024 model year. The full reveal will take 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 era of manual cars, not just muscle cars, which are disappearing all over the world.
As such, there’s a good chance this latest Mustang will be the last to have a manual transmission. It also appears that the rumors that the car would be all-wheel drive and hybrid are now dead. Automotive News has cited sources Familiar with the company’s plans, he said that while all-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain were in the works, the S650 will be powered solely by internal combustion and remain rear-wheel drive only. In addition, Ford expects the useful life of this generation to be eight years, compared to the usual six. However, it would be safe to say that this could be the last Mustang with an internal combustion engine that we see.
The perspective of a Mustang GT3 Racer
While the arrival of the new road car is exciting, we also hope to see a new GT3 Mustang racer from Ford also. Ford recently posted an interesting tweet on the Ford Performance Twitter page. This one had a short audio clip that sounded like an engine from the cockpit of a race car. This, of course, would be the new Ford Mustang GT3 race car. This machine is set to compete in the IMSA Sports Car Series in 2024 as the championship transitions to GT3 racing for its GT categories.
We know the new GT3 Mustang is likely to use a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine under the hood, developed by Ford Performance and built by legendary UK-based M-Sport, one of Ford’s best partners. This company is of course most famous for its success with Ford in the World Rally Championship. We should get another look at this GT3 car at the Detroit Auto Show along with the new road-going generation of the Mustang, which will help make the show an incredibly exciting event. Of course, there’s more to come from the road-going Mustang, too.
A possible major interior redesign is underway
The consensus is that the exterior of this latest generation of Mustang will not be much different from the previous one. However, it is inside where the biggest changes can take place. Expect to see a digital instrument cluster as the centerpiece of the S650’s interior, a cluster that should be wrapped in a driver-focused infotainment touchscreen. And in good news for many, additional buttons should be present for some of the basic functions, like turning up the volume on your radio and music.
One last hurrah for internal combustion
This generation of the Mustang could become the most memorable and important yet. No doubt many will breathe a sigh of relief that internal combustion powers this new Mustang. But we all know that the future is coming and that a hybrid or electric Mustang could become the next model. At least the eight-year runtime for this generation gives Ford time to decide what to do next. However, the S650 generation of Mustang may well go down in history as the end of an era. So we must appreciate it very much while we still have it.
Sources: TopSpeed, Automotive News, Jim Farley’s Twitter page, Ford