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Old 01-22-2021, 08:34 AM   #1
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Default Ford Mustang S550 Thread

It was spotted driving with several Mustangs.

We were recently sent a piece of video showing an unidentified test car traveling on Westbound I-94 in Detroit, Michigan, not far from Ford's corporate headquarters in Dearborn. Initially, we believed it to be the next-generation Ford Mustang (codenamed S650), which is rumored to be in development. After reviewing the footage, we now believe this to be another upcoming sports car, the 2022 Toyota 86.

The car was spotted driving in a pack of Mustangs, all of which were wearing manufacturer plates. We thought this might point to the prototype being a Mustang itself, but some of the finer details and the overall proportions don't lend to this conclusion. Instead, it looks much closer to Toyota's sports car that will be co-developed with Subaru.

Though the video is short and the car isn't on screen for very long, this is clearly a two-door coupe model that looks reminiscent of a Mustang. This car looks sleeker than the current S550 model and possibly shorter overall, from what we can ascertain.

As further evidence that this is a Ford product, the highly camouflaged prototype was spotted driving for more than five miles in a pack of Mustangs, all wearing manufacturer plates. Manufacturers don't always benchmark their new models against outgoing versions, but seeing this car traveling with M-plated Mustangs seems like a clear giveaway. It even appears like one of the Mustangs in the pack is the Shelby GT350 model, which was recently discontinued.

As for what's under the hood, we don't expect the S650 to go all-electric, but there's a strong possibility that this could be the first hybrid Mustang. Expect to see multiple engine options, possibly with an all-wheel-drive system, but the V8 should continue to be offered.

No one knows exactly when the S650 Mustang will officially arrive, but with the 2021 Mustang Mach-E and Mach-1 variant just joining the lineup, we believe it will be a while before an all-new model appears. Our earliest guess would be a 2022 reveal as a 2023 model year vehicle. Ford recently trademarked the Thunderbird name, so perhaps that's what this mystery model could be. Hat tip to Nick Graham for sending us the video!

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