The big reveal for the S650 Ford Mustang is just days away, and we’ve gotten yet another teaser from Ford Motor Company to raise anticipation for the event, which will take place in Hart Plaza, right on the Detroit riverfront. A video posted by Ford on various social media channels shows off the push button start for the Mustang, along with a demonstration on how to push it, followed by the V8 engine revving up. And if we do say, that engine seems to have a healthier growl to it compared to before.
The font of the new Ford Mustang ignition button is very fighter jet. And if we look at the cockpits of some of America’s most formidable dogfighters, such as the F-22 Raptor or the F-18 Hornet, the font appears to be very similar, if not identical to what US Air Force and US Navy aviators are accustomed to. Those of you who have watched Top Gun: Maverick may notice the same. It’s also another aviation easter egg that Ford designers are known to drop from time to time, as we currently see a “Ground Speed” speedometer in both the outgoing S550 Mustang as well as the Mustang Mach-E. This tie-in is partly because the Ford Mustang shares a namesake with a famous World War II aircraft, the P-51 Mustang.
S650 Ford Mustang: Details
The S650 Ford Mustang will debut as a 2024 model year vehicle and will feature a new exterior and interior design, coupled with some technology and engineering surprises. Beyond that, it’s going to be very similar to today’s S550 Mustang, as both the 2.3L EcoBoost and 5.0L Coyote V8 engines are expected to return, as well as both manual and automatic transmissions.
The expected all-wheel-drive and hybrid variants of the future muscle car have been canceled. Regulations are pushing V8 passenger cars out of political favor, but the S650 Mustang will hold on and be the last eight-cylinder muscle car standing. The competition is going electric (Dodge Charger EV Banshee) or phasing out their entries in the segment entirely (Chevrolet Camaro).
It’s sad to see the end of an era, but we have to take what victories we can, and that means having this next-generation Ford Mustang roar into the sunset before electric whistling becomes the new normal.