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2023 Ford Mustang: V8 teased as debut nears

Ford has been drip-feeding new Mustang teasers for what feels like a lifetime now, but the September 14 reveal is just hours away.

The Blue Oval has offered another brief glimpse of its next-generation Mustang in a teaser video uploaded to its social media titled ‘Motor City Muscle’.

It shows a person pressing on the engine start-stop button with the guttural V8 engine firing and revving a number of times.

This latest teaser builds on a previous one that had the Mustang take off with a bunch of tyre squealing and exhaust crackles when changing to second gear.

As previously reported, the next-generation Ford Mustang will retain the option of a V8 engine and six-speed manual transmission.

Codenamed S650, the seventh-generation Ford Mustang is expected to enter production in the first half of 2023. If this is true, it could come to Australia late in 2023.

The S650 will reportedly have an eight-year lifecycle, which is roughly the same as the previous two Mustang generations.

Ford has already said it will again make the new Mustang at its Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan, subject to an array of multi-billion dollar factory upgrades.

Ford also specifically called it “Mustang coupe” when discussing 2023 production plans, which calls into question the timeline around any convertible offering.

The new rear-wheel drive Mustang will retain internal- combustion power in its seventh-generation guise. The existing 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo-four and 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 are likely to be offered.

The long-rumoured hybrid variant of the Mustang is reportedly on the cutting room floor, according to Automotive News who spoke with three people familiar with the plans.

It’s also believed the all-wheel drive Mustang has also been cancelled.

We’ve already seen leaked exterior images of the new Mustang, which include a redesigned front end.

Ford also recently showed off a camouflaged prototype of the seventh-generation Mustang among all six of its predecessors.

The 2023 Ford Mustang will be revealed on September 14 at 8pm Eastern Daylight Time at an event called The Stampede at Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan.

It’ll be the culmination of an event called the The Drive Home, which kicked off on September 6 at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

In terms of rivals for the upcoming S650-generation Mustang, the Dodge Challenger will be replaced by an electric vehicle in 2024, previewed by the Charger Daytona SRT Concept. Chevrolet is also reportedly ending production of the Camaro in 2024.

Ford technically already offers an all-electric vehicle with a Mustang badge in the form of the Mustang Mach-E SUV, which is mechanically unrelated to the Mustang pony car.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV is understood to be finally be making the trip Down Under and is set to be one of the five electrified Fords due here by 2024.

Ford has temporarily closed orders of the current-generation Mustang in Australia as it tries to fulfil a backlog of existing orders.

“The global semiconductor chip shortage and supply chain challenges for various commodities continues to impact vehicle production for all automakers,” reads a notice on the Ford Australia website.

“The challenges facing the industry are fluid and we are doing our best to fulfil current customer orders on Mustang as quickly as we can.

“As such we are pausing any new orders for Mustang until we can get through the existing customer order bank.

“We understand this is frustrating and we will re-open for orders as soon as possible.”

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