The mountains of Colorado are ripe with test vehicles traversing the assortment of winding roads and significant changes in altitude. It is ideal for automotive companies to test their cars during development, gather data, and fine-tune them. The thinner air takes away from the power output engines have as it becomes more difficult for them to breathe. For many automotive fans, it’s the perfect place to cruise around and watch for camouflaged vehicles that are well on their way to reaching the marketplace. The most recent vehicle to be found testing in the state is an S650 Ford Mustang.
TFL recently went for a drive in a new Ford Bronco Raptor, driving into the mountains on the hunt for prototype vehicles to catch a glimpse of, and after some searching, they found one. An S650 Ford Mustang was spotted sitting within a massive and relatively empty parking lot, draped in heavy camouflage like all the other test vehicles we have seen. This one sporting dual exhaust at the back. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see much beyond that—a close side view before getting spotted. A friendly wave prompts the engineer driving the vehicle to leave the location. They are quite camera shy, after all.
S650 Ford Mustang: Details
Unfortunately, we don’t get a chance to hear the exhaust note of the S650 Ford Mustang as it starts to drive in the video. But luckily, we have a teaser video that lets us hear the beautiful roar of the engine for the upcoming next-generation Mustang. The reveal is expected for 2023, which means the new Mustang will be available for the 2024 model year. There will also be a hybrid version of the S650 Mustang, but it won’t be available right at the beginning of the car’s lifecycle.
When the S650 Mustang gets electrified, it won’t mark the end of the 5.0L Coyote V8, but the eighth-generation Mustang is expected to be entirely electric. Meaning this is the final generation of V8 Muscle car glory.