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S650 Ford Mustang Overview

The S650 Mustang will be the seventh-generation of the legendary Ford Mustang nameplate. The future muscle car is expected to debut as early as 2022 as a 2023 model year vehicle (although it’s likely that COVID and semiconductor shortages have pushed this timeline farther out than initially planned). The S650 generation is expected to be the last Mustang that will be powered by an internal combustion engine.

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S650 Mustang Engines

Official details on the S650 Ford Mustang engines are currently non-existent. However, with Ford Motor Company funneling billions of dollars into electric vehicle development, it leaves little room for the automaker to develop any all-new engines for the future pony car. That leaves us with the expectation that the 2024 Ford Mustang will continue to offer the 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder, as well as the 5.0L Coyote V8 for the base and GT trim levels. The 5.2L Predator V8 found in the current S550 Mustang GT500 with 760 horsepower is expected to continue to top the range. Electrification is reportedly happening for some variants.

A rumored 6.8L V8 that will be built in Ontario was rumored by Canadian union president Jerry Dias for the S650 Mustang, but Ford has not confirmed this. The high-displacement 7.3L Godzilla V8 engine would also be a welcome addition to the Mustang family, however this is only speculation.

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S650 Mustang Design

The design of the seventh-generation Ford Mustang is expected to gradually evolve from the S550 generation we currently see today. This would imply that the clustered rear taillight signature inspired by the original Mustang would stick around, connecting the growing family of Mustang-branded vehicles (such as the Mach-E electric SUV) with a uniform design language.

Interior improvements on the S650 Ford Mustang are expected to be more in line with the times, such as larger infotainment screens, a configurable digital instrument panel screen, improved ergonomics for larger phones and drinks, as well as upgraded material usage.

The S650 Ford Mustang is expected to carry on its traditional 2+2 layout. This means it will continue to be a rakish coupe, with two front seats, and two small rear seats for children or cargo.

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S650 Ford Mustang Platform

The seventh-generation Ford Mustang has been rumored to use a variation of the Ford CD6 platform that’s seen with the sixth-generation, U265 Ford Explorer that was introduced in 2019. However, it’s equally likely that the S650 Mustang will utilize an updated version of the S550 platform, meaning it would be a more gradual evolution of the muscle car compared to years prior. That would imply that there will be ample room for large V8 engines, an integrated independent rear suspension, a long hood, and a tapered roofline towards the rear. The latest magnetic ride control technology is could find itself on higher-end S650 Mustangs, while a new electrical architecture is also expected here also. It’s unclear if the ECU and/or TCU will be encrypted for cybersecurity purposes, which would lock out would-be tuners out from modifying any calibrations.

All-wheel-drive is speculated for the next-generation Ford Mustang as an option, but if the S650 platform is similar to the S550 in most ways, then it’s unlikely. Should the next-generation Mustang utilize the Ford CD6 platform, then AWD is more of a possibility.

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S650 Ford Mustang Price

Pricing on the seventh-generation Ford Mustang is far from official, but it’s likely to see an increase in base MSRP compared to today’s sixth-generation S550 Mustang. Following market trends, expect the S650 Mustang to have more options, technology and packages at higher trim levels, which would in turn push pricing up even higher. Despite this, the 2024 Ford Mustang will continue to be marketed as a “value” because of its performance capabilities, relative to how much customers would have to pay for a more expensive imported vehicle with similar capabilities.

Future Ford Mustang Production

The 2024 Ford Mustang and beyond is expected to be built at Flat Rock Assembly, in Michigan, made possible by a $250 million renovation. The current S550 Mustang is currently built there. Production of the next-generation Ford Mustang is expected to be less than 100,000 units per year.

An Automotive News report suggests that the S650 Ford Mustang will have up to an eight-year life cycle, with a refresh around 2025. This would bump the S650 Mustang up with the next decade, which forecasters expect the Mustang to go completely electric as early as 2028.

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