Car and Driver (USA)

Riding Hard into the Sunset

There might be an electric Mustang now, but that doesn’t mean Ford will phone in the 2024 Mustang.


The glory days of brightly colored Plum Crazy Challenger­s, Burnt Orange Camaros, and Grabber Green Mustangs burning down Detroit’s Woodward Avenue are unfortunat­ely numbered. But they’re not done yet. While the Chevrolet and Dodge camps are showing signs of slowing down, there’s a rumble reverberat­ing from Dearborn in the form of a redesigned 2024 Mustang. The 60th-anniversar­y Stang debuts next year, possibly on April 17, the day the original Mustang bowed at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

Judging by the camouflage­d mules we’ve seen roaming the streets of southeast Michigan, we don’t expect the exterior design to stray far from its current look. However, the interior will undergo a major makeover with a digital instrument cluster that wraps into a driver-focused infotainme­nt touchscree­n with added buttons for basic functions.

It’s no secret that the Camaro’s Alpha platform outhandles the Mustang’s current S550 chassis. Ford hopes to correct that with the seventh-generation car, dubbed the S650. Under the hood, expect the turbocharg­ed 2.3-liter inlinefour to produce around 320 horsepower, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a hybrid variant join the herd. If a hybrid keeps the 450-plus-hp V-8s coming, we’re more than happy. If the hair-raising 760-hp supercharg­ed 5.2-liter V-8 from the GT500 survives, we’ll be thrilled. A six-speed manual and a 10-speed automatic are likely to return.

Like the current-generation Mustang, the new S650 should have an eight-year life cycle, and expect the pack to add performanc­e variants year after year. Those faster ponies might come fast, though, as 2026 brings more stringent corporate average mpg requiremen­ts.

Though further details are still months away, we do know one thing: Ford and Multimatic Motorsport­s will produce a Mustang GT3 race car that’s set to debut at the 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Could it spawn a Mustang GT3 for the street? Watch this space.

 ?? ?? Push all thoughts of the Mustang Mach-E out of your mind and focus on this Mustang instead.
Push all thoughts of the Mustang Mach-E out of your mind and focus on this Mustang instead.

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