The Ford Mustang is one of the more iconic and enduring models in the automotive world, not to mention one of the most popular. True to form, FoMoCo’s legendary pony car has once again earned the title of the world’s best-selling sports coupe in 2021, a distinction that it has held for seven consecutive years now, based on registration data from S&P Global Mobility. Though it’s on sale in various countries across the globe, the U.S. still accounts for 76 percent of the car’s global sales, though the Mustang saw strong growth in a number of places including New Zealand (up 54.3 percent), Brazil (37.3 percent), and South Korea (16.6 percent).
Ford Mustang sales continue to be impacted by various supply chain constraints including the chip shortage, but still managed to top the competition in Q1 of 2022 in spite of suffering a decrease of 19.03 percent, year over year, a loss that was equal to the overall segment. Ford sold a total of 13,986 Mustangs in Q1, good enough for a 44 percent market share which topped the second-place Dodge Challenger at 11,124 units and the Chevy Camaro, which finished with sales of 6,710 units.
Much bigger things are ahead for the venerable Ford Mustang, however, as the next-generation S650 model will reportedly launch in 2023 for the 2024 model year. That model will represent more of an evolution for Ford’s pony car than a revolution, the next-gen Mustang won’t be getting any sort of all-wheel drive configuration, as Ford Authority exclusively reported last week, though it may be offered with not just one, but perhaps two hybrid powertrain options.
Meanwhile, Ford Authority spies have spotted a number of S650 prototypes out driving around in recent weeks, including a likely base model, a GT variant making some rumbly V8 noises, and a possible Mach 1 or higher-performance model, as well as giving us a peek at the new model’s interior. A pair of recently leaked photos also provide us with a good look at the S650 Mustang’s front end as well, including one of a base model and another that shows a possible GT variant.