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Is This Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 An S650 Test Bed?

The 2024 Ford Mustang is slated to be completely unveiled on September 14th. However, details on the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 have been slim, at best, as The Blue Oval has kept things close to the vest when it comes to the range-topping performance pony car. However, Ford Authority spies recently snapped a series of two new photos that suggests Ford is possibly using a current-gen model to test a potential S650 GT500, which could be a hint that a next-gen model is in development.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the bundle of wires hanging out of the passenger side window. It’s not clear what their purpose is, but it could indicate that The Blue Oval is currently testing electrical components on a current generation model. With that in mind, it’s entirely possible that this could be the Fully Networked Vehicle Electrical Architecture, or FNV for short.

The purpose of the Ford FNV is to allow for over-the-air (OTA) updates for the infotainment system and other critical vehicle systems, along with a host of services that keep customers connected, as well as higher levels of vehicle assistance and safety. It’s been noted, though, that this system will make it markedly difficult for tuners to modify vehicles outfitted with Ford FNV, thanks to heavy duty encryption and security features. Longtime Blue Oval tuners like Shelby American will still be able to tune future products with Ford FNV, however, meaning a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 for the next generation isn’t entirely out of the question.

The next-generation S650 Ford Mustang has been spied by Ford Authority several times in recent months, including what’s likely a base modela GT variant, and a possible Mach 1 or higher-performance model. More recently, we were able to get a closer look at the upcoming Mustang’s interior, showing us its redesigned cabin featuring a brand new cluster and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

We’ll have more on the S650 Ford Mustang soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Mary Jane Millikan

    Question. When Ford ships the new Mustangs from Flat Rock are the shipped is enclosed trucks , wrapped or shipped on open transports? I have one on the way and just wondering!

    1. JR

      I just got my 22 Mustang GT Premium. It was delivered in perfect condition thankfully- I was on pins and needles waiting for it to arrive at the dealership. Thankfully no paint correction needed and everything is operational. It was exactly four months from the date of the order was placed to the day I took delivery. I’m a happy customer

  2. DWH

    I believe Ford will continue the GT500 for at least two more years since the new 40 mpg regulations aren’t in effect until 2026. The first production year for S650 will be a 2024 model manufactured in 2022/2023, 2nd manufacturing year is 2023 /2024 for the 2025 model year. This may be it’s last year for the GT500 unless Ford adds a new power plant that allows it to obtain a combined 40mpg. Possibly an EV GT500 with less emphasis regarding maintaining a 70% battery life and more emphasis on performance like the Cobra Jet EV. Another possible issue. Will Ford convert the GT500 to the S650 or refresh the current S550. Hopefully the GT500 will continue and be a part of the S650 introduction at the upcoming Detroit Auto show in September. .


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