As different producers are killing off their “pony vehicles” within the close to future, resembling Dodge’s Challenger and Chevy’s Camaro, you must give Ford credit score for sticking it out with a standard rear-wheel drive, V8 powered coupe. Proper now represents an attention-grabbing time for the Mustang, as Ford transitions between the outgoing mannequin — internally dubbed the S550 — and the brand new seventh-generation S650 Mustang.
The S650 brings a brand new model of Ford’s Coyote 5.0 liter V8 with 480 horsepower, which is a modest enchancment over the 2018-2022 Coyote engine. For the value-conscious, there’s additionally a brand new four-cylinder EcoBoost on faucet with 315 horsepower, which is definitely nothing to sneeze at. As soon as once more, that determine is just like the outgoing mannequin’s EcoBoost with 310 horsepower.
What is going to definitively be totally different is styling. The S650 has an extended and decrease hood line with completely redesigned headlights, that are each slimmer and extra rectangular in comparison with the S550. The inside additionally obtained a complete restyling and is, for lack of a greater phrase, much less retro than the S550.
The order banks for the S650 Mustang formally opened on March 27, 2023, however when you choose the extra basic styling of the S550, they’re completely nonetheless sitting in dealership showrooms for the taking. Both approach, kudos to Ford for retaining the Mustang because the final man standing. Additional kudos for retaining a six-speed handbook transmission as well.