Following this past week’s debut of the all-new S650 2024 Ford Mustang, we’re left with a number of questions – namely, what will happen to all of the current pony car variants, such as the Mach 1 and Shelby GT500? It seems as if the new Mustang Dark Horse will effectively serve as a replacement for the Mach 1, but that leaves the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 in limbo. However, sources familiar with the matter have now told Ford Authority that GT500 production will end with the 2022 model year.
It’s unclear why the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 won’t stick around for the 2023 model year, since it will be the last for the current-gen S550 model. However, it’s possible that with the 2024 Mustang scheduled to launch next summer, a switchover will likely happen before then at the Flat Rock Assembly plant, which may have made it impossible or at least difficult to produce a 2023 GT500, since Ford only builds pony cars equipped with Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires eight months out of the year.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has been in and out of the lineup multiple times over the years since debuting on the first-gen model. The iconic machine returned for the S197 generation and stuck around for a number of years before disappearing when the S550 launched in 2015. It made a comeback for the 2020 model year, but now it will be going away once again, though it’s unclear for how long. Meanwhile, the 2024 Ford Mustang will launch with a host of exterior, interior, powertrain, and technology enhancements, along with the debut of an entirely new variant – the Mustang Dark Horse.
Before the S550 bows, the 2023 Mustang will be available with the newly-named Nite Pony Package, which was formerly known as the Black Accent Package. Available on both coupes and convertibles, the package includes a black-painted roof, a black grille, 19-inch Ebony Black-painted wheels, black GT and pony badges, black mirror caps, and black blade decklid spoilers.