The Ford Mustang launched in Europe in right-hand drive configuration for the first time in conjunction with the arrival of the S550 generation in 2015, and it hasn’t looked back since, though customers in that region showed a strong preference for the GT and its naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote engine, prompting FoMoCo to drop the EcoBoost model some time ago. Thus, it came as no surprise when the automaker announced that it would be selling the all-new S650 Ford Mustang in Europe later this year. Now, Ford Authority has spotted an S650 Ford Mustang prototype with right hand drive out testing.
As Ford Authority reported back in November, FoMoCo will continue making right hand drive vehicles for the foreseeable future, even though those types of models tend to pose a few financial challenges for automakers. In Australia, a new right hand drive version of the Ford F-150 is set to launch this year, but The Blue Oval will rely on a company called RMA Automotive to complete that particular conversion.
The S650 Ford Mustang represents a total redesign for the iconic pony car – not just a refresh – and is powered by new, next-generation versions of both the EcoBoost and Coyote powerplants. In the U.S., EcoBoost models will generate 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, while the GT makes 480 horsepower and 415 pound-feet in regular guise, or 486/418 with the optional active exhaust. The range-topping Dark Horse trumps both with an output of 500 horsepower and 418 pound-feet of torque, however.
Ford hasn’t provided too many details about international variants of the S650, though Australian customers can expect to see the new pony car in Q3 of this year. Meanwhile, specifications, pricing, and power ratings are yet to be determined as the car hasn’t yet been subjected to that country’s emissions testing.
In Europe, both coupe and convertible versions of the new Mustang are expected to be offered, as well as the six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic transmissions and the higher-performance Dark Horse. However, it won’t be launching in that region until later in the year.
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I don’t think this should come as any surprise, since Ford opened up international sales with the S550, why wouldn’t they continue offering the S650 to the same markets?
ford revealed the car why is it under camo?