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Ford May Have Outed Its Future Mustang Plans

Jack Roush Edition Mustang S650 Next-generation Ford Performance

The next product life cycle of America’s longest running and arguably most iconic muscle car nameplate is set to begin in 2022, per a LinkedIn job listing from Ford Motor Company found by Mustang6G. We’re talking of course of the S650 Ford Mustang, and like before, it will still be built in Flat Rock, Michigan.

Per the job listing, Ford is seeking a “wind/road noise and air leakage plant vehicle team (PVT) engineer” that will work out of the Flat Rock plant. It goes on to say that this person will have the “final sign off on the Ford 2023 Mustang S650 vehicle program before it goes to the customers.”

Originally, the S650 Ford Mustang was slated to launch as soon as this year, but it appears to have been pushed back to the 2023 model year. Besides, what’s the rush, anyway? As Dodge has shown, these products simply need to age gracefully on a long timeline for the formula to work.

Before the curtain calls for the current-generation S550 Ford Mustang, expect a few more surprises. Previous reports eluded to the resurrection of the Mustang Mach 1 coming back for the 2021 model year, while the Bullitt special edition package is set to retire. It could be a hybrid, but that info remains a closely guarded secret for now.

2019 saw Ford Mustang sales down 4.4 percent compared to the previous year, but still on top of the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro in total volume. It was enough to earn the title for America’s best-selling sports car for a fifth straight year.

Aside from the launch of the 2020 Shelby GT500, the Mustang lineup has seen a steady freshening of performance updates from top to bottom. This includes the punchy Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Pack, as well as enhancements to the Mustang Shelby GT350.

Meanwhile, we can’t seem to find any job listing hinting at a 2023 Chevrolet Camaro.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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