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S650 Ford Mustang Concept

The 2024 Ford Mustang will usher in a new era for The Original Pony Car with the rollout of the S650 architecture, a fresh interior and exterior design, and new technology that will future-proof the American icon until at least the end of the decade. Most recently, spy photographers caught a glimpse of the interior of the S650 Mustang, and we’re left feeling equal parts excited, and disappointed.

You can view the S650 Mustang spy photos here.

On the exciting side, the S650 Ford Mustang will introduce a mildly flat-bottomed steering wheel to help with ingress/egress. An all-digital instrument panel is also on the way, forgoing the retro look of rounded gauges. We’re bummed to report however that the interior is also absent of the aviation-inspired switch toggles that activated things like the performance exhaust and other functions in the S550 model. In their place is what looks to be a cheaper-looking panel of buttons of a similar layout, bordered by the ignition button on the driver’s side and the volume knob on the passenger’s side. There’s also a button with a Mustang emblem among that cluster of buttons, which is likely a configurable “My Mode” type of feature that we see in other vehicles, like the Chevrolet Corvette’s “Z-Mode” and the “V-Mode” in the Blackwing Cadillacs. The setting allows drivers to customize attributes like suspension firmness, brake feel, steering effort, engine noise, and pedal mapping.

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S550 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Interior. Photo copyright Matheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks

The overall design theme of the S650 Mustang cockpit seems to take a more globalized approach, rather than harkening back to various design elements of yore. This approach has worked for the Mustang brand up to this point, but with its customer base getting older and older, designers may have been tasked with taking a different direction.

Some other changes worth pointing out are the set of rectangular HVAC vents that will replace the rounded ones we see today, while both USB-A and USB-C inputs will be present. Lastly, the gear selectors controlling the 10-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions appear to be carryover parts, as are the transmissions themselves. Engines that are expected out of the gate for the 2024 Ford Mustang are a 2.3L EcoBoost turbo in the base model and a 5.0L Coyote V8 in the Mustang GT. It’s unclear if more performance oriented trims like Mach 1 or Boss 302 will be available at launch.

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S550 Mustang Shelby GT500 Instrument Panel. Photo copyright Matheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

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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