This article includes independent illustrations made by CarScoops artist Josh Byrnes based on 2024 Mustang prototypes caught by our spies as well as our own information. Renders are not affiliated or endorsed by Ford.

Ford Sixth generation Mustang was a stellar success for the carmaker Dearborn, its global reach has won new fans from America to Australia. Here and there fakes keep it fresh, but it’s time for a new, completely redesigned pony machine to handle the world.

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Our photo finders shot the next, seventh generation Mustang, codenamed S650, dressed in heavy camouflage. So, armed with this aesthetic information and a few internal leaks, we delved into everything we know about the successor to the S550.

E for evolution

Impression of our artist from the production version of the Ford Mustang GT 2024. Illustrations by Josh Byrnes / Carscoops

You may notice that the proportions, stiffness points and roof line are almost the same as in the current car. Why? Well, this is not exactly the redesign you can expect. Rumor has it that the S650 was supposed to be based on the new Lincoln Aviator / Explorer rear-wheel drive platform, but this plan seems to have failed.

That’s another damn thing thorough redesign; the style is more sharp, intense and almost retro. The GT variant features a bold Mach 1-style lower bumper with open intakes and a Focus RS grille. This grille will be the subject of conversation for many – it is smaller than it seems (which is good in this context) due to its solid contrasting trapezoidal frame.

The slim matrix headlights include three U-shaped DRL elements, while the hood has a flatter profile with a central fold. The changes to the side profile consist of a stretched sheet metal coating, a clear C-channel sculpture and harder slopes. Rear LED flashlights with three rods are placed at a more aggressive angle, while the quad exhaust and square rear bumper help to consolidate the quick look of the GT.

New technology, retro version inside

Ford profited from the popularity of the Fox Body Mustang of the 80s with the design of the cabin influenced by the favorite of drag racers with square edges. Overlay spy images The new car over the third-generation interior shows how much Ford designers have enjoyed using it as an impact.

So what are the major changes? Well, it loses the dashboard with a double hood for the usual, more driver-oriented settings and key physical buttons tilted toward the driver. Other noteworthy items include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, square vents and a traditional gearshift, and we’re also expecting better quality materials.

Technical goodies include a one-piece digital dashboard and infotainment screen running the latest Ford Sync 4 operating system, which supports Apple CarPlay wireless, Android Auto and over-the-air (OTA) updates. Also on display will be USB-C and USB sockets, wireless charging and a set of safety and driver comfort options.

Long live the V8 – for now

Impression of our artist from the production of Ford Mustang GT 2024. Illustrations by Josh Byrnes / Carscoops

Unlike other automakers, Blue Oval does not sacrifice the key card Mustang GT – the esteemed 5.0-liter Coyote V8. It’s also the only piece of the puzzle they keep close to their chests. Some reports suggest that five-oh will get calibration settings here and there, while others suggest that hybrid electrification will be used.

The most likely candidate for partial electrification is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost Four, which provides lower performance. If so, the battery-powered transmission will provide V8 performance with a share of fuel combustion. Power will still come in at the rear, though you can argue that Ford’s development team is keeping a close eye on the people at GM and their future hybrid, all-wheel drive corvette.

Rivals and reveal

Camouflage prototype S650 codenamed 2024 Mustang at the top and allegedly leaked a photo of the brochure at the bottom shared by Steeda

The Mustang’s closest rivals are the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro. However, both are going to reincarnate – Dodge as electrified muscleand Chevrolet, perhaps as a sedan EV performance (or so the assumption the mill tells us). This leaves the Mustang in a unique space mostly to itself. Of course, there are people like Supra and Toyota Rejuvenated Zbut none of them offer a loud, natural V8.

A report from Car & Driver suggests a world premiere may take place as early as April next year as a proposal for the 2024 model year, and production will continue at Ford Flat Rock.

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Spy photos by S. Baldauf / SB-Medien for CarScoops

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