We must be honest, it was touch-and-go for a while.
The current generation of the Ford Mustang is a pretty good sports car, but it's been with us for a long time now and all we can think about is what the replacement will be like. Fortunately, we've been getting tidbits of information including a rumor claiming that the new model will get the current model's engines. Later, hybrid powertrains will be offered. We also have a pretty good idea of what it will look like thanks to a leak from a couple of months ago. And now we can confirm that the seventh-generation Mustang will come with a manual transmission. Praise be!
The news came via a Twitter post from the official Ford Mustang account, which reads as follows: "Buckle up! We're investing in Michigan's Flat Rock Assembly Plant to assemble the all-new, 7th generation Ford Mustang, the world's best-selling sports coupe for customers around the planet. Stay tuned."
This message was accompanied by a short clip that includes a graphic of an H-pattern six-speed manual (not a seven-speed like the Bronco), but that's as far as the teaser goes. Ford has been very careful to hide as much of the new Stang's design as possible, dressing it in extensive camouflage every time the car ventures onto public roads.
At this point, we don't know what the power outputs of the new generation will be, but we can expect at least the same 310 horsepower in the EcoBoost variant and 450 hp in the V8 model. Hybrid models will come at some point, and a fully-electric model is reportedly coming by 2028. Dodge is also readying its first electric muscle car ever, so Ford had better get this right.
As for when we can expect the S650 Mustang to arrive, we predict that it will be revealed either late this year or in 2023, but again, Ford has kept us in the dark. We'll report back once we learn more.