With the current S550 Mustang on sale since 2015, many would have expected the 7th Generation of the popular pony car to have already arrived. Well, according to a new report from Autoline you’ll have to wait a little bit longer as the S650 Ford Mustang is forecasted to enter production in March of 2023.
S650 Ford Mustang Production Timeline: Further Details
The information was provided by AutoForecast Solutions, a large provider of global automotive forecasting databases, business planning solutions, and pipeline support. With the S650 Ford Mustang expected to start rolling down the line at Flat Rock Assembly come spring 2023, Ford is due to show us the 7th Generation goods towards the end of 2022.
We’ve already told you the S650 Mustang won’t be getting an entirely new platform, rather, it will mark an evolution of the current S550. When it enters production in March of 2023, the 7th Generation S650 Ford Mustang will be more of a hardcore refresh than a completely rethought product. That’s what the Mach-E was for, it turns out.
MC&T sources have helped fill in the gaps on the powertrain side. As we understand it, the S650 Ford Mustang will arrive with a familiar cadre of engine choices, namely the 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder, and the 5.0L Coyote V8. It’s thought the 755 hp 5.2L supercharged Predator V8 will follow at some point, along with some form of hybrid electrification towards the S650 Ford Mustang’s mid-cycle production refresh.
Our sources have also quenched the 6.8L pushrod V8 rumor, an idea first circulated by union leaders representing workers at Ford’s Windsor Engine Plant. It would be wicked to see the return of cam-in-block Mustangs from the factory, anyone who’s ever driven a Foxbody with a pushrod 5.0 will agree here.
Fortunately, Ford is looking to crank out some 200,000 units of the Ford Mustang Mach-E by the time 2023 rolls around, which should be interpreted as good news for fans of the original V8 pony car. With Ford looking to challenge Tesla as the largest American EV distributor, hopefully, that will provide enough cover for the Mustang to continue its legacy as a proper muscle car long after the S650 enters production.