The next-generation S650 Ford Mustang has been the subject of rumors for years now, many of which revolve around when, exactly, the new model will launch. Most recently, a report suggested that the S650 Ford Mustang would enter production in March 2023 for the 2024 model year, roughly a year later than previously expected. Now, it seems that this timeline has been somewhat confirmed by The Blue Oval itself, though it’s worth noting that given current supply constraints, that plan could very well change.
“The next generation that we’re working on now will be launching next year, in 2023, and it’s going to be great,” Ford’s vehicle director for icons and Ford Performance, Ali Jammoul, told Wheels in a recent interview “So it’s launching next year and there will be events, so you [the media] will get to drive it.”
Additionally, Jammoul once again confirmed that the V8 will be sticking around in the next-generation pony car, as Ford Authority reported nearly a year ago. He also hinted that an electrified version of the Mustang could launch when the S650 arrives, which isn’t a huge surprise. In fact, as Ford Authority reported back in October, two hybrid options could possibly be in the works – electrified versions of Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 and 5.0L Coyote V8.
Jammoul also hinted that the manual gearbox could be going away at some point in the future, but that could only pertain to the Australian market, or at the very least, be reserved for electrified versions of the new pony car. “I can’t tell you the manual gearbox is here to stay, but it’s clear there will be more electrification, and manual gearboxes will not be around in the future,” he said.
Ford Authority spies have spotted a number of next-gen Mustang prototypes in recent months, including a likely base model, a GT variant making some rumbly V8 noises, and a possible Mach 1 or higher-performance variant. As Ford Authority exclusively reported last month, the next-gen Mustang will feature a flat-bottom steering wheel, too. The S650 Mustang will continue to be built at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant and is expected to have an eight-year life cycle, as Ford Authority reported last August.