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Ford’s sixth-generation Mustang has won new fans from America to Australia, and with its global spread, it has been a remarkable achievement for the carmaker Dearborn. Bending here and there has kept it in a new state, but the time for a new, fully developed pony car that will conquer the world is near.
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Our photographers photographed the next seventh generation Mustang, codenamed S650, wearing heavy camouflage. Armed with this aesthetic intelligence and a few inner leaks, we took a look at everything we know about the S550’s successor.
E is for evolution
You will notice that the proportions, solid points and roof line are almost the same as in today’s car. Why? This is not the radical reconstruction you expected. There are rumors that the S650 should be based on the new rear-wheel drive Lincoln Aviator / Explorer platform, but this plan does not seem to have materialized.
It is still a thorough reconstruction; The styling is sharp, tense and almost retro. The GT version features a bold Mach 1-inspired lower bumper with holes and a Focus RS-like grille. This grid will be a talking issue for many people – it’s smaller than it looks due to its solid, contrasting trapezoidal frame (which is a good thing in this context).
The thin matrix headlights combine three U-shaped DRL elements, and the absorber vibrates a flat profile with a central crust. Changes in the side profile include a sheet metal coating, a crisp C-channel sculpting, and stiffer loops. The LED three-lane taillights are located at a more aggressive angle, while the quad-shaped exhaust and square rear bumper help enhance the GT’s quick look.
New technology, retro back inside
The popularity of the Ford Fox Body Mustang in the 80’s was influenced by the style of the cab, which is popular with square-edged tow trucks. Putting spy pictures of the new car on top of the third-gen interior shows how much Ford designers enjoyed it as an impression.
So what are the key changes? For normal, driver-oriented installation and basic physical buttons aimed at the driver, it loses the dual-cap control panel. Other highlights include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, square air vents and a traditional gearbox, and we expect high quality materials.
Technical benefits include a one-piece cluster of digital devices running Ford’s latest Sync 4 operating system that supports wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and aerial updates (OTA), and an informational entertainment screen. There will also be a set of USB-C and USB sockets, wireless charging and driver safety and convenience aids.
Long live the V8 – For now
Unlike other carmakers, the Blue Oval Mustang does not sacrifice the main winning card of the GT – the prestigious 5.0-liter Coyote V8. It’s also part of the puzzle that keeps them close to their chests. Some reports suggest that five-oh calibration is obtained here and there, while others suggest that it uses hybrid electrification.
The most likely contender for partial electrification – four low-capacity specifications with built-in 2.3-liter EcoBoost. In this case, the battery-powered power unit provides V8 performance with less fuel combustion. Power will continue to be transferred to the rear wheels, but you can be sure that Ford’s team of developers will keep a close eye on the people at GM and their forthcoming hybrid, all-wheel drive Corvette.
Competitors and show
The Mustang’s closest rivals are the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro. However, both will be reincarnated – the Dodge as an electrified muscle and the Chevrolet EV performance as a sedan (or as we are supposed to be told). This leaves the Mustang in a special space. Of course, Toyota has models like the Supra and Nissan’s rejuvenated Z, but none of them offer the V8, which is equipped with thunderstorms and natural air.
According to Car & Driver, the world premiere may be presented next April as a model year for 2024, with production expected to continue at Ford’s Flat Rock plant.
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