Report: S650 Ford Mustang To Start Production In March, 2021

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The current, sixth-generation Ford Mustang will be around one less year than the typical eight-year lifespan for modern cars, with a new S650 model likely to enter production in March, 2021, according to AutoForecast Solutions. It will continue to be produced at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, says the automotive forecasting firm.

Introduced for 2015, the S550 Ford Mustang in production today is the first in the pony car’s long history to feature an independent-rear suspension from the factory (save for 1999-2004 SVT Cobra models). That led to an increase in curb weight, impairing to some extent the car’s ability to compete with the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro, which launched a year later. We suspect that this performance gap might be partly to thank for Ford’s decision to revamp the model after only three years, for 2018.

Performance-aiding improvements for the updated S550 Mustang include a lower, sleeker hood, a new dual-injected 5.0L V8 for the flagship GT model, and enhanced Performance Packs for both the GT and EcoBoost models featuring magnetorheological dampers. And hey, if all that doesn’t do it, Ford can try again with an all-new Mustang in 2021.

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For Sean McElroy’s comments on the AutoForecast Solutions report, skip ahead to 3:22 in the Autoline Daily episode above.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Although we don’t know for sure what ford is planning to do with the 2018 Mustang GT, it’s off to a good start. To be quite honest I would love to see a reincarnation of the Mach 1 mustang with this new generation of mustang. I would really love to see Ford take the 2.3L ecoboost out of the mustang and replace it with the 2.7L 325hp/380tq Ecoboost V6 and add a performance package to that with the 10-speed auto, brembo brakes, magnetic ride, a dual mode exhaust system, etc. and have that compete with the Camaro LT 1LE. As for the GT, I would like to see it be brought up just beyond the SS Camaro level and push out 475hp or so and 450lb-ft of torque with all of the bells and whistles along with a Mach 1 package that adds wider wheels and tires to the Performance pack II along with Tri-Y exhaust manifolds, hotter heads and cams, a louder exhaust system, super track pack 4:10 gears, a 5.2L cross plane crank V8 engine, Mach 1 graphics and a Mach 1 specific interior that is more upscale and more premium than the mustang GT altogether pushing out 520hp and 510lb-ft of torque. Then take the GT500 and do a twin turbo 5.2L Flat plane crank V8 with the new Dual Clutch transmission and all of the luxuries and tech that you can stuff in a mustang. Now of course, I still believe the Boss 302, the GT350 and the Cobra-Jet Mustangs should still be around but those are such race dedicated cars they should have their own segment. To be truthful, I would love to see Ford build a Flat plane crank 4.7L V8 and put two Paxton superchargers on the car like they did in the mid 60’s and really wipe up the ground with everything. A twin supercharged 4.7L DOHC Flat plane crank V8 with a Dual clutch transmission behind it and the technology that we have today can easily yield a 600+ hp reliable track weapon that could be relatively light and truly follow what the GT350 was all about in the first place. Take that along with a flat plane crank 5.0L V8, with as much weight reduction as possible for racing but still being street legal, give it wider tires, lightweight wheels, and more aerodynamics and about 530hp and set it loose on the track and have the new Boss 302. I would also love to see a full taillight bar on the new GT500 going forward but that’s another story for another day.

    I would also love to see ford build an AWD sedan from the new S650 chassis. One devoted to the Ecoboost/AWD performance platform. Starting with a base 325hp/380tq 2.7L ecoboost, stepping up to the 450hp/510tq 3.5L Ecoboost and lastly the 600hp version of the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 all with AWD, torque vectoring, brembo brakes, dual mode exhausts, alcantara suede and leather interior, premium stereo, wheel packages ranging from 19″ -21″ 10-speed automatics behind all engine options, “Mustang-inspired” styling and a few other things and call it “The Ford Maverick” This way you have the Mustang, the Maverick and the Bronco all back in the stable.
    Lastly, speaking of the Ford Bronco, my request is to please not make it like the Troller. Thank think is god-awful ugly. The 2.7L as a base engine is fine but please don’t make it look like the troller. Thank you!

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