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The S650 Will Be A Joy For Purists

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The S650 Ford Mustang will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show next month, and it was believed that 2025 would be the model year when the hybrid variant of the iconic muscle car would reach the market. But it seems that Ford may have decided to ditch the idea of a hybrid pony car altogether, as well as all-wheel-drive, meaning the S650 will be gas only through its lifecycle, effectively meaning that the 2024 Mustang is a more or less a top-hat refresh of the S550, with new looks, but with a carryover architecture and carryover powertrains.

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Why Would Ford Cancel The S650 Mustang Hybrid Program?

According to Autoweek, industry analysts with close supplier ties have confirmed that the much-rumored hybrid version of the S650 Mustang wouldn’t be coming. The reasoning behind this is speculated to be the current success of the Mustang Mach-E, which has been sold out for the 2022 model year.

However, while the S650 Ford Mustang is safe from hybridization, the Mustang following the S650 is expected to be entirely electric. That’s expected to debut around mid-2028 to eventually replace the last internal combustion muscle car on the market, while previous intel suggested that the S650 Ford Mustang will have an eight year lifecycle, suggesting that the the ICE and EV variants could be sold in tandem for a few years. But, with the auto industry collectively investing half a trillion dollars into electrification in order to simply be compliant with stricter and stricter laws, that plan could have been nixed as well.

Even without the hybrid, the S650 Ford Mustang will be the last of its kind with a V8 engine. As Dodge transitions to a fully electric lineup (with an ongoing rumor that Hurricane turbo-six engines will also be available), and Chevrolet sunsetting the sixth-generation Camaro while it readies an electric Corvette family of vehicles, Ford is making sure that the Mustang is both the alpha and the omega.

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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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  1. All auto manufacturers are making a HUGE mistake by going all electric! We don’t want electric cars!!! If states want to ban ice vehicle go ahead, you won’t have any new cars in those states! Wake up people! Vote out these politicians and don’t buy electric cars!

    • I agree with big Steve that it’s a huge mistake. One party is pushing electrics down our throats. Only two years ago all was well with ICE vehicles due to the other party’s President leading us to energy independence for the first time in decades and with over 100 years of fuel under American soil. Gas was about $2/gallon and all was well with a booming American economy for trucker’s, farmer’s and all American’s driving needs. I will not buy an electric vehicle that, by the way, causes far more pollution than an ICE. I do hope that the S650 Mustang is not the last car I will buy but it may be. As big Steve says, I know what party is looking out for America and I will support them. Thanks big Steve.

  2. It’s so silly to reject something new without a good reason. What is it that we love about our ICE cars? Power? Torque? Dependability? Convenience? Style? Noise? Maintenance? EVs have all that…except for the noise and the maintenance. Open your eyes. The world is changing….again…like it always does. Pollution and petroleum reserves are important issues that we need to pay attention to. Figure it out. EVs can help us. That doesn’t mean though that we have to turn in the keys to our favorite toys. I still have my 1986 GT which I will never give up. I am however looking to get a daily driver with lots of power, torque, dependability, style, low maintenance, pollution free, and uses renewable energy. So what if it is also quiet and runs on power from the sun.

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