A mysterious Ford Mustang GT mule has been noticed close to the corporate’s Dearborn growth amenities, sparking a recent spherical of the hypothesis as to what the Blue Oval has in retailer for its pony automobile. If you thought we would get out of 2020 without yet one more automotive thriller, effectively, guess once more.

If the very first thing that springs to thoughts from viewing these pictures is “Mach 1, half deux,” you are not alone. After we first noticed that variant on the road a 12 months in the past, it seemed so much just like the prototype in these images. Upon nearer inspection, nevertheless, we will see that there are some key variations that deepen the thriller surrounding this mule.

For starters, the Mach 1 was clearly primarily based on a performance-spec Mustang GT. Whereas this prototype is at the least primarily based on a V8 mannequin, the sq. wheel and tire setup together with all-season tires level to a reasonably fundamental spec. The lug-mounted sensors seen in a few of the images recommend that Ford is testing both powertrain or brake tweaks.

Rumors of an all-wheel-drive Mustang have been swirling for years. As we have identified earlier than, seeing an all-wheel-drive variant of the current-generation Mustang (pictured) is extraordinarily unlikely. If it receives the inexperienced mild, the structure would virtually definitely be provided on the next-generation mannequin, which is due out for the 2023 mannequin 12 months.

There are a number of different potentialities on the powertrain entrance, after all. Something from the long-rumored hybrid (rumors of which trailed off after the Mustang Mach-E introduction) to the introduction of engines utilized in Ford’s different rear-wheel-drive fashions could possibly be on the desk. Then once more, it could possibly be one thing so simple as a braking system improve, which might clarify each an altered fascia and the corner-mounted sensors simply in addition to any powertrain modification might.

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At this level, we nonetheless anticipate 2022 to be the final 12 months for the current-gen Mustang, so this could possibly be a mule for absolutely anything. We would wish to see some full-blown prototypes of its eventual successor, however, we’ll accept such a factor, for now, it appears.

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