Testing continues on the seventh-generation Ford Mustang. This heavily camouflaged prototype was recently captured on the streets of Dearborn, near Ford's world headquarters. At a glance, it looks just like previous prototypes, covered top-to-bottom with janky dual exhaust pipes out the back. But as is often the case, a closer look reveals a few surprises.
We draw your attention to one of the few areas not covered in camouflage. This test pony is riding on a new set of wheels, and we can't help but notice a resemblance to the current Mustang Mach 1. Our spy photographer was able to snap some fleeting images of the 'Stang's shoes as the car drove by, and a very close look suggests the rear tires are 275s – the same width available on the Mach 1. Interesting ... but wait. There's more.
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Behind those rear wheels are brakes that look different compared to previous prototype sightings. The discs appear a bit larger, and the dual caliper setup is something we saw on Mustang test mules last year. The Shelby GT500 is the only pony in the current stable that offers a dual-caliper setup on the back, but don't jump to conclusions about this prototype possibly being a next-gen GT500, or even a new Mach 1 for that matter.
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In all likelihood, we're looking at a seventh-generation Mustang GT sporting a tweaked performance package. Wheel/tire and brake upgrades are typical of such packages, and we already know V8 power will endure for the foreseeable future. A previous sighting captured a camo-covered Mustang on video, singing the song of its people.
A throaty V8 likely won't be the only high-performance option, however. A hybrid Mustang is expected to arrive at some point in the next life cycle, though the new pony will likely launch with versions of the current EcoBoost four-cylinder and 5.0-liter V8 under the hood.
When will that happen? Nothing is official, but we're expecting a debut sometime in 2023 as a 2024 model.