With an anticipated debut in fall 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 have an 8-year run, lasting from 2023-2030.
The 7th generation Mustang’s code name, S650, was confirmed by an engineer job listing posted by Ford on LinkedIn. Though the page was quickly deleted, fans are already referring to the next-gen pony by its code designation. There isn’t much concrete information yet, but here are some of the top rumors and expectations.
What Will the S650 Mustang Look Like?
Customers are already looking forward to what the next-gen Mustang will look like. We haven’t even seen prototypes yet, and spy shots won’t be leaked until mid-2021. Regardless of how it looks, there are sure to be fans and detractors.
Artist rendering of Mustang S650.
Will the S650 Use the CD6 Platform?
The Mustang S650 is expected to use a version of the CD6 platform. It’s a RWD architecture that launched with the redesigned Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator in 2020.
This worries enthusiasts for two reasons. The first is that they don’t want the Mustang to share a platform with a crossover. Secondly, customers saw that the launch of these two models had a lot of production and build issues.
But overall, the CD6 is a good RWD platform that leaves plenty of room for a big engine up front. And just because the crossovers are big in size doesn’t mean that the Mustang can’t remain relatively small.
In the past, the Fox platform was also used for a 4-door sedan and big old station wagon. Plus, as seen in the Aviator, there’s 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, save for the S550 GT500.
Hybrid and electric models aren’t going to take over, either. There’s sure to be a V8 variant with RWD and a manual transmission. And the idea of an AWD, ultra-powerful hybrid is cool as well. The awesome Magneride suspension will probably remain an option, too.
Powertrain Rumors for the 2023 Mustang
The S650 Mustang will likely feature some new engines. People are thinking the 3.5 V6 EcoBoost could see use in either a traditional or hybrid platform. A Mustang hybrid seemed possible in 2020, but now it seems likely for the S650.
The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, seen in the new Bronco, is another possibility, but seems less likely for the Mustang. Here are some of the potential engine options for the new S650 powertrain.
Potential S650 Mustang Powertrains
|Engine||New or Existing for Mustang||Notes
|3.5 EcoBoost Twin-Turbo V6
||As seen in the F-150 and Lincoln Aviator.
|3.5 EcoBoost Twin-Turbo V6 Hybrid
||As seen in the Lincoln Aviator Hybrid. Could produce 500 hp and 600 lb-ft torque.
|5.0 Coyote V8
||Likely to be an option.
|2.3 EcoBoost Turbo I4
||Likely to be an option.
|2.7 EcoBoost Turbo V6
||As seen in the Ranger, Edge ST, etc. Not likely for the Mustang platform, but it’s possible.
Top 5 Things We Want to See in the S650 Generation
Mustang enthusiasts are already looking forward to learning 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
The Mustang has been adding weight over the years. With some models pushing close to 4,000 lbs, a lighter Mustang would be great to see. Lower mass means better handling. However, this doesn’t seem likely given that it will probably use the CD6 platform. A hybrid Mustang would weigh even more.
2. The Return of the Boss 302
The Boss 302 was a fan favorite from 2012-2013. We’d love to see it return as a premier-level performance model. There will have to be a trim that slots above the GT and below the Shelby models. The classic style and improved performance of the Boss 302 make it a natural fit.
3. A DCT Instead of the 10-Speed Automatic
A modern performance car like the Mustang deserves a dual-clutch transmission. The torque-converted 10-speed auto is good and offers excellent acceleration. But with even economy cars and crossovers making the switch, it’s time the Mustang gets a fast-shifting DCT as well.
4. A New GT500KR
The potential for a GT500KR version of the S650 gets us excited. With the new platform, there’s the possibility of an enhanced version of the GT500 with AWD. With room for over 800 hp, this would mean insane launches on the drag strip, plus world-class track performance.
5. Electric Mustang
The Mustang Mach-E has been making waves, often controversially. By all accounts, it’s a very good car. But we’d like to see more of a true electric Mustang coupe. Something like the electric concept at SEMA 2019. This two-door sports car can offer instant acceleration and immense performance, all while saving trips to the pump.
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