As The Blue Oval – and much of its competition – continues to invest heavily in electrification, the future of sporty, V8-powered, rear-wheel drive coupes with available manual transmissions seems to be in question. In fact, we’ve seen pretty much every conventional Mustang rival face discontinuation – at least temporarily – but the iconic pony car continues to live on with the all-new S650 Ford Mustang that just launched this past summer. It’s unclear how long the Mustang will be able to survive in this configuration, but according to Ford’s product and production investments that are part of its new contract with the United Auto Workers (UAW), we’ve seemingly got at least a few more years to go in that regard.
According to this roadmap, S650 Ford Mustang production at the Flat Rock Assembly plant “will continue” along with a $50 million dollar investment in that facility, which is notable given the fact that this contract runs through April 2028. As Ford Authority reported earlier this month, the pony car is potentially set to be joined by another new product on the Flat Rock assembly line, too, though it’s entirely unclear what the might be – whether it’s another Mustang variant or something different altogether.
Regardless, Ford has made it quite clear that it intends to keep building V8 engines and installing them in Mustangs as long as it possibly can, and production of the 5.2L V8 seems destined to last at least through the spring of 2028, too. After that, it’s anyone’s guess what might become of the iconic pony car, which was previously rumored to stick around in ICE form until the end of the decade, after which another report indicated that it may be replaced by an all-electric variant.