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S650 Ford Mustang Will Have An Eight Year Life Cycle

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Earlier this year, we reported on rumors that the next-gen S650 Ford Mustang would launch for the 2023 model year after entering production late in 2022. Now, it appears that those rumors were in fact true. According to Automotive News, Ford suppliers have been informed of this timeline. But they’ve also reportedly been told that the next-gen Ford Mustang will have an eight year life cycle, up from the previously planned six years.

That eight year target would match the current S550 Ford Mustang, which launched in 2014 as a 2015 model. It also saves FoMoCo money in engineering and development costs, which is critical for a lower-volume vehicle like the Mustang.

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According to the report, Ford expects to produce just under 100,000 next-gen Mustangs per year – 77,000 coupes, and 20,000 convertibles. Ford Mustang sales have dipped 12 percent year-to-date to 33,786 units, but the current S550 Mustang has remained the best-selling car in its segment since its introduction. Meanwhile, its main competitor, the Chevrolet Camaro, might wind up being discontinued, according to a recent rumor.

The seventh-generation 2023 Ford Mustang is expected to receive a complete overhaul consisting of a thorough redesign and re-engineering. It will ride on the Ford CD6 platform currently utilized by the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator. The platform features a longitudinal powertrain configuration with standard rear-wheel-drive, but the architecture is also capable of all-wheel-drive and electrification.

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In terms of powertrains, the 2023 Mustang is expected to be powered by at least two Ford EcoBoost engines, potentially including the 2.3L EcoBoost I4 and 3.5L EcoBoost V6, as well as FoMoCo’s 5.0L Coyote V8, and 5.0L Coyote V8 with a hybrid-electric system and all-wheel-drive. Ford’s ten-speed automatic transmission and a manual transmission are expected to be offered as well.

Meanwhile, the next-gen Mustang will continue to be produced at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.

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We’ll have much more on the S650 Mustang very soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. The two best parts of this article state that the mustang will be on the CD6 platform and the possibility of the 3.5L Ecoboost engine being a part of this lineup. The things is, they never specified which 3.5L Ecoboost would be in the new mustang. Will it be the 375hp/470tq variant like in the F150, the 450hp/510tq variant like in the Raptor or the 660hp/550tq variant like in the Ford GT. What I see happening here (and I could be wrong) Ford will probably push the numbers of the 2.3L Ecoboost up to 350hp/350tq to compensate for the added weight of the larger vehicle. even with 375hp/470tq. The 5.0L V8 will more than likely be moved up to the Mach 1 and power will probably jump to 500hp or slightly above with about 445tq. This moves the 5.0L Hybrid to the next generation Cobra as ford will hopefully drop the Shelby name and go back to the Cobra. The GT version will likely receive a 455hp variant of the 3.5 but with torque numbers decreased slightly to about 485lb-ft. The Mach 1 will likely live on for about two years and when it ends, the 5.0L will end with it as well. The Cobra will likely keep the 5.0L hybrid for another year and then the 5.0L will end out of that as well, ushering in a 3.5L Super car hybrid variant or just the 3.5L Super car engine.
    My true hope is that there will be a four-door variant of the Mustang something like the BMW 8-series grand coupe, Porsche Panamera, Aston Martin Rapide or Kia Stinger with the optional 3.5L ecoboost. Also I’m hoping Ford will offer alot of accessories for the new mustang like they did with the new bronco. Styling performance, turbo upgrades, exhausts, etc and hopefully the new 3.5 Mustang will sound close to Ford GT super car.

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