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S650 Ford Mustang Hybrid Variant Canceled: Report

As Ford Authority reported last October, the all-new, next-generation S650 Ford Mustang was previously expected to launch with hybrid variants of both the Ford 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost and Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote powerplants, which didn’t come as a huge surprise given the automaker’s big electrification push. However, as Ford Authority reported in April, these S650 Ford Mustang hybrid variants won’t be available when the new pony car launches, as the car will instead debut with carryover versions of those two engines. Now, according to Automotive News, the S650 Ford Mustang hybrid variants have been canceled altogether.

This news comes on the heels of reports that the next-gen Mustang won’t be available in an all-wheel drive configuration as previously expected as well, while much of the rest of the new model will look and feel quite similar to the current S550. As Ford Authority exclusively reported last month, the V8-powered next-gen Mustang will receive a bit of a power boost and will approach 500 horsepower in at least one configuration. The S650 will likely be the last generation to feature an ICE-powered V8 Mustang, however, as Ford Authority reported earlier this month.

The 2024 Ford Mustang will makes its debut during the upcoming North American International Auto Show on on September 14th, 2022, at a special event dubbed “The Stampede” at the starting point of Woodward Avenue. Those that can’t attend in person will also be able to catch the debut via a livestream event.

Just a few weeks ago, a pair of leaks gave us our first look at the 2024 Ford Mustang and its new front end in both base and GT form. Those leaks revealed that the 2024 Mustang won’t look radically different from the current model on the outside, save for some updates to the front and rear fascias, at the very least. The interior is a different story, as it’s equipped with a new flat-bottom steering wheel, a new digital instrument cluster design, and a larger infotainment screen. The S650 Mustang will continue to be built at the Flat Rock Assembly plant, and is expected to have an eight-year life cycle, as Ford Authority reported last August.

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

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. TC

    Yaaaawwwn, a Mustang that looks almost identical to the current generation with a new interior. Why even call it an s650? Why not just call it S550+ Works for phones!

  2. John

    An awd hybrid V8 Mustang was the one think I was hoping this industry had left in the tank before all of the garbage EVs arrive. Well, here’s to hoping it at least has a V8 at all.

  3. AJS

    I don’t think this will be the last generation of Mustang to have an ICE engine or even V8 power. This is why I feel this way:

    Every manufacturer is going down the eliminating Internal Combustion powertrain path by x date. I just don’t see it as being practical. Sure there will be more electric vs gas in the future but I don’t see ICE Mustang going away. We would need to seriously address our nation’s electrical grid and power production before that can happen and it isn’t happening with predominantly wind and solar. Nuclear power is not a popular option these days and they are eliminating natural gas and coal fired power plants, so where are we going to get all this electricity? Definitely isn’t going to be solar and wind only if this is the path we are going with electric vehicles.

    Also a big if is battery range. If you can not get a comparable range compared to an ICE vehicle, across the board for all models produced and a fast charge, say under 20min or less it won’t work for a lot of people who have to travel long distances.

    I have a feeling that FOMOCO, will revisit the hybrid powertrain in the future with the 4cyl hybrid and V8 hybrid as standard in the Mustang and maybe some limited Mustangs without hybrid for racing.

    Side note: This reminds me of the 80s when Ford was going to build the Mustang off of a front-wheel drive Mazda. You know what happened with that one.


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