The switch to electrification begins in earnest.
The Ford Mustang is a car that you can't help but associate with the V8 engine, so when the Mustang Mach-E arrived, not everyone was convinced. That car has since gone on to become quite a success, so the time is certainly right for the next Mustang coupe to shake things up. We've already been warned to expect the possibility of all-wheel drive for the 2023 S650 Mustang, and now we have what looks like confirmation of something else that purists won't like.
According to the LinkedIn profile of Pedro Maradei, a Ford engineer, the new Mustang will be getting not one but two electrified powertrains.
His profile shows that from July to November last year, he was working on pre-production versions of the 2023 Mustang, specifically those equipped with a 2.3-liter inline-four hybrid system and a 5.0-liter V8 hybrid. This essentially confirms that the new Mustang will be the first of its kind, but it is unclear if the S650 will be exclusively available with electrified propulsion systems or if traditional gas-only motors will be offered too.
Nevertheless, it seems that Ford is really committed to electrification if both the base coupe and the Mustang GT are to be offered with more efficient engine choices.
Whatever the case, Ford is preparing to make the Mustang an all-electric vehicle in 2028, so it's time to start preparing the buying public for the switch. If those rumors about all-wheel drive are true, perhaps this is how all four wheels will be driven. Perhaps the gas engines will continue to power the rear axle as always while electric motors will be fitted to the front axle, enhancing grip. If this is how AWD is to be implemented on the Mustang, then it's possible that we will still be able to easily perform burnouts by switching off the electric side of the hybrid system. We'll report back once we know more.