October 4, 2022

Ford

V8 performance cars have been an American automotive staple for decades. But the Chevrolet Camaro is bowing out after 2023. And Dodge is swapping its V8s out for hybrid and electric “eMuscle.” The Ford Mustang is swiftly becoming — pardon the pun — the last of a dying breed. But we are getting one more pure combustion Mustang for the road, as Ford has just unveiled the all-new seventh-generation Mustang.

Ford describes the new S650 Mustang as “edgy, sexy and disruptive” — words that, when uttered in a PR context, typically betray that the product in question is none of those things. The Mustang receives new sheet metal with a sharper, more muscular and modern appearance. It’s becoming a bit more tech-savvy. But it’s still more or less the same Mustang in the ways that count, which is what nearly everyone wanted.

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The new Mustang engine lineup will sound familiar

The engine lineup will sound familiar. The base engine is still a 2.3-liter EcoBoost, though Ford says this version is all-new. The upgrade for the GT is an “advanced” 5.0-liter Coyote V8 with a new dual air-intake box and dual throttle body design. Ford says the new GT will have its most horsepower from a naturally-aspirated engine ever. We don’t have the numbers to confirm that claim yet.

Ford saved the manuals…err, at least one manual

The Mustang still offers a six-speed manual transmission in addition to the automatic. But there’s a catch. While the stick shift comes standard on the GT model, it is no longer available on the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. If you want to row your own in an entry-level Mustang, contact the dealer at your earliest convenience.

You will be able to tell the base Mustang and GT apart

Ford is creating more significant visual differentiation between the base model and the GT in this generation. The former will get a basic look. The latter will ramp up the aggressiveness. The two Mustangs will have different front fasciae. The GT will also have prominent hood venting that the base model does not have.

The new Mustang cockpit is going digital

The Mustang is getting a new cockpit with a driver-oriented digital display that — in top-spec — includes a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster and a 13.2-inch infotainment screen. Ford is sticking with a Mustang-specific version of their proprietary SYNC 4 system rather than switching to Google’s Android OS.

The screens will be heavily customizable, with features like a “Fox Body” instrument display. They will also incorporate 3D graphics using the Unreal gaming engine.

Ford will move many controls to the touchscreen. But the Mustang will have a prominent, physical, passenger-accessible volume knob.

Mustang owners will bring the excitement to local Cars & Coffee events

Mustang owners have earned a reputation for their particular zeal at car meetups. Ford has leaned into that aspect of Mustang ownership.

Ford is offering the Mustang with a Performance Electronic Parking Brake, developed with the help of professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. The brake functions like a mechanical hand brake in everyday driving, but transforms into an electronic drift brake in track mode. It has different modes to help novices build up their drifting skills (what could go wrong?), and Ford says it can also function as a competition-ready setup.

Ford also added Remote Rev functionality, which allows an owner to rev the engine with a push of a button on the key fob. The feature will no doubt delight owners, be convenient for content capturers and thoroughly annoy everyone else.

The new Ford Mustang will arrive next year

Ford says the Mustang will go on sale in the U.S. in summer 2023, presumably making it a 2024 model year vehicle.

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