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Is This The Next-Generation GT500? Or Something Else?

Ford Mustang Teaser

Ford made some exciting announcements regarding the Mustang during the 60th Anniversary celebration of its beloved muscle car. From the 60th Anniversary Package Mustang to the Mustang Experience Center, fans of the vehicle are certainly getting spoiled. However, that’s not the only thing Ford decided to announce during the event; during a presentation, a rendering of a Mustang draped in a green tarp was displayed, accompanied by an announcement that there will be a “new addition to the Mustang Stable” by next year.

New Ford Mustang Teaser: Speculation

Ford Product Communications Director Mike Levine posted photos of the announcement to his Instagram, accompanied by a description that revealed that whatever this car may be, it’s coming next year. Naturally, the mustang7g forum blew up with posts and speculation regarding what this car might be, ranging from an EV sedan Mustang to a GT350. The first is very unlikely to be the case as the EV market is currently down, and Ford has made it clear there won’t be an EV or hybrid version of the S650 Ford Mustang thanks to the success of the Mach-E, which means we won’t see a hybrid or EV at least until the S750 Mustang reaches the market. 


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An S650 Mustang GT350 would be an excellent addition. However, that’s also not likely to return to the market following the lawsuit that sprung up around the car. This resulted in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 being put to pasture, which made room for the mighty Mach 1. The Dark Horse then replaced the Mach 1 for the seventh-generation Mustang, so while an S650 Mustang GT350 could be a thing, the odds are slim. 

We have one more potential candidate, an S650 Ford Mustang GT500. Looking at the picture, the hood is a bit elongated, but not only that, look at the color of the tarp. It looks pretty similar to the original GT500 EXP 500 Green Hornet prototype from back in 1968. So, this could be a teaser for the next GT500. Sure, you might argue that the GTD, which makes 800 horsepower, fills the gap that the GT500 sat in, but does it? 

1968 Ford Mustang GT500 EXP 500 Green Hornet Prototype

The GTD is more of a replacement for the Ford GT, giving the wealthier Mustang fans a chance to get a street-legal race car with enough modifications that would not be legal in official racing divisions. With a price of over $300,000 and the application process to filter out those who don’t intend to drive the car, there’s still room for the GT500. A car-less extreme than the GTD, more affordable, but with more aggressive styling than the standard Mustang and more exquisite power. 

We could see this as the next-generation Ford Mustang GT500, but once we get closer to a reveal, we will know for sure. What are your thoughts?

Ford Mustang Teaser

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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