S650 Mustang Details & SpecsLast Updated August 4, 2019 | Chris Cervenka
It’s crazy that there is already chatter about the seventh generation of Ford’s pony car, the 2021 Mustang. Though there are plenty of rumors, there really isn’t much information floating around about the 2021 Mustang quite yet. The 2020 Shelby GT500 has only just been unveiled, and we're still waiting on information about the 2020 Hybrid Mustang. But we’re curious... will the 2021 Mustang feature a completely new platform like the 2015 S550 Mustang did? The 2015 Mustang provided a ton of firsts for the Mustang like independent rear suspension (IRS), flat-plane crankshaft V8 in the GT350/R and a global market of new owner opportunity.
S650 Pushed Back Again
Unfortunately, it looks like the S650 may be pushed back again. This time until 2026.
While this push means that the S550 will live to a venerable twelve years old, there are some positives of this delay. The S550 generation may end up outliving the Fox Mustang (the previous record holder) by a full year, meaning that the aftermarket support will be incredible for years to come. It's not like the S550 has gone stale, we only just got a facelift, GT500, Bullitt, and updated GT350. We're also still expecting to see a hybrid variant for the S550.
Also, I think we can all agree that it's better to get a great product late than it is to get an okay product now, and considering Ford is scrapping the rest of its sedans, it needs to create a brand new everything for the Mustang's production. Some sources say that the Mustang will start using the Explorer's platform. This means that the AWD and four-door Mustang rumors just got a lot more viable, though, and this is the downside: It also means a beefier Mustang.
Mustang fans are rightfully concerned about the Mustang getting longer and wider. It takes a huge horsepower increase to support the kind of weight gain that would create, and a Challenger-sized Mustang sounds like a big mess. Fortunately with so many years before debut, Ford has plenty of time to make changes and Mustang enthusiasts are declaring pretty loudly that bigger is not the direction the Mustang needs to go. Hopefully, Ford listens.
Renderings of S650 Surfaced (10/9/2018)
Now this is by no means official or coming from Ford, but these renderings or models look pretty darn real! As most renderings and prototype cars go, it looks extremely futuristic and even like something that could come out of a Back To The Future movie... but nevertheless it does look rather cool!
Unfortunately there isn't much more info we can gather from these photos other than to take them at face value - so here it is! What do you think?
Ford Pushing Back S650 Launch Year (8/28/2018)
Some happy, some sad, but our friends at AutoBlog are reporting that Ford is pushing back the S650’s launch “by about a year” to 2021. Nobody surely knows the reason why it’s been pushed back, but there is some speculation that Ford is trying to utilize a multi-use platform that can handle both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles. This is similar to what GM has done with the Alpha platform in their Camaro, CTS & ATS vehicles. It’s proven well for them as all three models really perform well both in road manners and track duty.
This doesn’t necessarily mean there will be an all-wheel-drive Mustang like what Dodge did with the Challenger, it just means that they may be using this new platform across multiple vehicles to potentially get a bit more bang for their buck.
Some long-time Mustang enthusiasts may feel that this is infringing on the DNA behind the Mustang and what it stands for. That necessarily doesn’t need to be the case! A lot of Mustang owners felt violated that Ford co-engineered the new 10R80 10-Speed Automatic Transmission with GM that is used in the current generation Mustang. But now that it’s out, man does it perform -- 11.8 sec @ 119 MPH in the quarter mile with the 2018 Mustang GT PP1 with optional MagneRide Suspension.
Fast forward to what could be the new generation unveil for 2021. If we let Ford put their best engineers behind this new platform, it could bring absolutely amazing things to both the Mustang and the Ford brand overall. So, before you’re quick to judge, let’s see what time brings on this one! We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more info leaks out!
With all of the hype and rumors revolving around Ford’s latest generation of America’s favorite pony car, the next Mustang is a hot topic for discussion. We’re taking all of that talk, rumors, speculation, photos, and facts and compile them in one convenient place to form your own opinions as the ultimate unveil gets closer and closer. Stay tuned as we post the latest and greatest on the newest Ford Mustang, otherwise rumored to be the S650 platform!
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