The all-new, next-generation 2024 Ford Mustang was finally unveiled in mid-September. The seventh generation pony car has a robust lineup, including performance models such as the Mustang GT, Mustang Dark Horse, as well as more approachable variants like the Mustang EcoBoost. However, The Blue Oval is in the midst of a pivot toward a lineup composed of utility and off-road vehicles, and with that in mind, it might be time for the automaker to consider introducing an off-road-ready variant of the Mustang. Ford Authority rendered what that could look like.
Our 2024 Ford Mustang Raptor R rendering boasts plenty of off-road-capable features. We borrowed some cues from the Ford F-150 Raptor R, of course, and outfitted our Baja-ready pony car with front tow hooks and tough skid plates all around. True to the Raptor R name, our Mustang Raptor R features various modifications to its drivetrain so it has plenty of get-up-and-go over rough terrain – why not throw the supercharged Ford 5.2L V8 Predator under the hood? After all, the F-150 Raptor R harnesses its own version of the powerhouse already found within the Mustang Shelby GT500. That powerplant makes 700 horsepower in the F-150 Raptor R, which is less than what the GT500 makes, but probably plenty for off-road excursions.
Meanwhile, bead lock-capable wheels make sure the air stays where it’s supposed to when venturing over rough patches. Naturally, the ride height is increased so the pony could be taken farther off the pavement than any factory Mustang in history. Backing that suspension boost would obviously be standard four-wheel drive as well, along with the 10-speed automatic that the F-150 Raptor R utilizes, itself receiving enhancements to deal with all the extra power. Visually, this 2024 Ford Mustang Raptor R is easily identifiable by its Raptor R graphics along the rear quarter panel, accented with Code Orange. It also sports beefed-up fender flares and a lift to ensure it can clear obstacles.
While our Mustang Raptor R may seem a bit far-fetched, the exercise may not be so crazy. In fact, Lamborghini is set to pull the wraps off the Huracan Sterrato, which is a high-performance all-terrain sports car. There’s clearly a market for such vehicles, and the 2024 Ford Mustang would certainly lend itself well to the concept.