2023 Ford Mustang – With its expected debut in the fall of 2022, the enthusiast community is already abuzz with rumors and guesses about what the next generation Mustang will bring. The new model is expected to run from 2023 to 2030 for 8 years. The 7th generation Mustang code name, S650, was confirmed by an engineer job post posted by Ford linkedin. Although the page was quickly deleted, fans are already referring to the next gen pony with their code designation. There isn’t much specific information yet, but here are some of the top rumors and expectations.
WHAT WILL THE S650 MUSTANG LOOK LIKE?
Customers are already waiting for what the next gen Mustang will look like. We haven’t even seen the prototypes yet, and the spy shots won’t be leaked by mid-2021. No matter what it looks like, there are sure to be fans and detractors.
WILL THE S650 USE THE CD6 PLATFORM?
The Mustang S650 is designed to use the CD6 platform version. It’s the RWD architecture launched with the redesigned Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator 2020.
This worries enthusiasts for two reasons. The first is that they don’t want the Mustang to share a platform with a crossover. Second, customers saw that the launch of these two models had a lot of production and build problems.
But overall, the CD6 is a good RWD platform that leaves plenty of room for a big engine right away. And just because crossovers are large in size doesn’t mean the Mustang can’t stay relatively small.
In the past, the Fox platform was also used for a 4-door sedan and a large old van. Plus, as seen in Aviator, there’s the potential for a massively powerful hybrid system. The hybrid Lincoln SUV puts out 494 hp and 634 lb-ft of torque, more power than any Mustang ever, except the S550 GT500.
Hybrid and electric models aren’t going to take over, either. It is sure to have a V8 variant with RWD and manual transmission. And the idea of AWD, an ultra-powerful hybrid is cool as well. Awesome Magneride suspension will probably remain an option, too.
POWERTRAIN BAUMAS PAR 2023 MUSTANG
The S650 Mustang will probably feature some new engines. People think the 3.5 V6 EcoBoost could be seen using either a traditional or a hybrid platform. The Mustang hybrid seemed possible in 2020, but now it seems possible that the S650.
The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 seen in the new Bronco is another option, but seems less likely in the Mustang. Here are some of the potential engine options for the new S650 powertrain.
TOP 5 THINGS WE WANT TO SEE IN THE S650 GENERATION
Mustang enthusiasts are already hoping to learn about every inch of the new model. While we wait with bated breath, here are the top five things we hope the S650 offers.
1. Less weight
Mustangs have been adding weight over the years. With some models pushing close to 4,000 lbs, a lighter Mustang would be great to see. Less weight means better handling. However, this seems likely given that it is likely to use the CD6 platform. The hybrid Mustang could weigh even more.
2. Return of the Boss 302
Boss 302 was a fan favorite from 2012-2013. We would love to see it return as a premier level performance model. There will have to be finishes in that slot above the GT and below the Shelby models. The classic style and improved performance of the Boss 302 make it a natural fit.
3. DCT 10 speed automatic
A modern performance car like the Mustang deserves a dual-clutch transmission. The torque converted 10 speed car is good and offers great acceleration. But with even economy cars and crossovers making the switch, it’s time the Mustang gets a quick shift to the DCT as well.
4. New GT500KR
The potential of the GT500KR version of the S650 gets us excited. With the new platform, there’s the option of an improved version of the GT500 with AWD. With a seat of more than 800 hp, this would mean insane launches on drag strips, as well as world-class track performance.
5. Electric mustang
The Mustang Mach-E has been making waves, often controversial. With all accounts, this is a very good car. But we’d like to see more of a true electric Mustang coupe. Something similar to the electric concept SEMA in 2019. This two-door sports car can offer instant acceleration and tremendous performance while saving trips on the pump.
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While we may not have enough of the current S550-gen Mustang’s V8 awesomeness, it has already been confirmed that the next iteration of the pony car is set to land in 2022 as a 2023 model. The rendering of your screens, which come from an independent artist, aims to depict the S650 ‘Stang with a futuristic twist.
The digital portrait of the seventh generation Mustang is no secret from the fact that it borrows more than a few style nuances from the Mustang Mach-E. However, as long as the artificial front grille and most of the lower apron come from an electric crossover (EV headlights have been redesigned), we can still see a generous air intake if the bar meets the hood.
Now, as you can see in the Instagram post below, tuningcar_ps, the digital label behind the job, used no less than the Lexus LFA as a starting point for pixel gaming. Although the mid-engined proportions of the carbon fiber-bodied Japanese supercar mean the hood isn’t as long as it could be, the mix still seems to be pretty stable.
If this futuristic look seems extreme to you, keep in mind that Blue Oval was considered several versions when developing Mach-E. These ranged from a more traditional one to a sports look that was taken away from the Mustang heritage and closer to the high-tech arena.
Details on the tech side of the S650 Mustang are few, but rumors talk of a newcomer using a heavily redesigned version of the company’s CD6 platform. Having been in production since last year, this architecture currently serves the 2010 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.
The unofficial talk of the AWD version of the next Mustang is strong, but such a setup could add power to the front axle. Given the expected life of the vehicle of eight years (two years longer than expected), it seems that electrification, whatever its degree, is a must.