First Look: 2015 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Spy Photos

2015 SVT Mustang S550

The guys at KGP Spy Photography are at it again. This time, they’ve nabbed the next generation GT350/GT500 or Cobra (depending on who you believe) S550 Mustang entering an SVT facility near Dearborn, Michigan.

The Top Dog S550 Mustang

This is the first look we’ve gotten at the flagship car in the 2015  Mustang lineup, and there’s a lot to be excited about. From the front angle shot we can see a staggered wheel setup with a wide set of meats in the back–a fitting touch for a car expected to be at, or to exceed, the current 662 horsepower output while also dropping around 400lbs. You’ll notice the side vents and hood vent have breathable mesh covers, indicating they are indeed functional, performance enhancing features.

Also worth noting are the door mounted mirrors (as seen on previous 2015 spy shots) and working lights in the lower fascia which are expected to debut as an LED lighting strip placed within the air vent. The huge, cross drilled rotors are another tell-tale sign this is indeed the top of the line 2015 Mustang and not the GT, V6 or 4-cylinder variants we’ve seen previously. Four piston calipers in the rear of the car will be a welcomed addition if Ford keeps them around for the 2015 production cars.

UPDATE: The 2015 SVT Mustang’s exhaust note is heavenly.

Check out the 2015 Mustang section for all the latest news, video and spy shots surrounding the 2015 S550 Mustang

Rear of 2015 SVT Mustang S550

The 2015 SVT Mustang’s Exhaust

From the rear, the quad tipped exhaust is easily the most notable difference between this S550 Mustang and all the previous prototypes and mules we’ve seen. However, this should not come as a surprise as we’ve seen rear exhaust cutouts on older 2015 prototypes that would indicate a quad tip setup. Those who took the photos noted the car did indeed sound heavenly, and if the 2015 Mustang GT sounds this good, it’s hard to imagine how much better the new SVT could sound. If you look closely, you can also see that the side splitters below the door seem to continue to the back of the car, running across the bottom of the rear quarter panel–another new styling element we had yet to see until this batch of spy shots.

One last thing to note is the steering wheel (not seen in these two particular photos) looks to be a hybrid between the current Fusion and Mustang steering wheels. It holds much of the styling effects of the Mustang’s wheel, but has the electronic controls seen in the current-day Fusions.

Will The Top Model 2015 Mustang be a Cobra or GT350?

While Road & Track is swearing it’s being called a GT350 and other sources claiming SVT Cobra, who knows what to expect. What you might see is a high-revving GT350 AND a supercharged/naturally aspirated SVT Cobra, but no one outside of Ford can say for sure. A Mach 1 for 2016 has also been rumored, but not confirmed. One thing is for sure, we’re getting something special for the Mustang’s 50th anniversary.

Comment below and tell us what you think so far and what you see that we may have missed! Head over to Mustang6g for the complete image gallery

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  • Todd Christ

    runtime LEDs in the front? or is that a reflection of some sort on the front photo?

    • Andrew Cilio

      I believe you’re right–from everything we’ve seen so far it appears Ford is going with a strip of LEDs

      • Don Falloon

        LEDs are becoming the daylight standard.

  • Matthew DeCillis

    To me it looks like the rims on the front have more of a inset in the center than the rear. The spokes look like they slide further in at the center on the front rims. Does anyone else notice that?

    • Todd Christ

      the fronts are definitely more concave than the rears (at this point) maybe the production car will have some crazy deep concave rears ;)

      • Donnie Simms

        I think that’s just to throw people off, because if they were the same rim, it would easily show off the staggered look.

  • Charles Flaherty

    Too all the people who think the 2015 V8 Mustang is going to weigh 400 lbs less than the current one: I want some of what your smoking. That would make the 2015 Mustang lighter than a C7 Corvette and nearly the same weight as a McLaren MP4-12C.

    I don’t think so.

    • Gary Hitchcock

      Well Do you want a Marlboro of mine because that is what every source that is reporting on it is saying. Do you need a light because if so that’ll be extra I have to buy parts to make my Stang stand out

      • Charles Flaherty

        So you think the next 4 seat, V8 Mustang will weigh the same as a quarter million dollar, all carbon fiber, 2 seat supercar built by a formula one team?

        Sure.

        • Andrew Cilio

          2014 Mustang GT: Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3845lbs
          source: http://www.nadaguides.com/Cars/2014/Ford/Mustang/2dr-Cpe-Shelby-GT500/Specs

          2004 Mustang GT: Curb Weight : 3273-3317 lbs(coupe)
          source: http://www.modernracer.com/mustanggt.html

          I don’t know what a McLaren weighs, but to drop the current Mustang ~400lbs Ford would put the 2015′s weight back to 99-04 specs, and on a significantly smaller S550 chassis it seems more than possible–likely probable considering the fuel standards–that Ford is going to go back to the old weight levels. Now as for a “useable” back seat, you’re more than likely going to have something like the BR-Z’s rear “seating.”

          • Charles Flaherty

            And the 04 car wouldn’t come close to meeting existing or upcoming safety requirements. Nor would it meet customer expectations for NHV.

            But all that aside, how would Ford build a V8 4 seat or 2+2 coupe that weighs less than a C7 Corvette?

          • Andrew Cilio

            If the Edmunds report pans out, the 2015 Mustang is set to be both shorter and more narrow than a c7 corvette:

            C7 Specs: Length 176.9 in (4,493 mm) | Width 73.9 in (1,877 mm)

            2015 Mustang According to Edmunds: 173.5 inches in overall length | 67.4 inches wide

            Combine that with a smaller engine (5.0 vs 6.2L), brand new platform and the new IRS which is supposed to be even lighter than the current SRA and it’s possible.

            The real question is: can they keep manufacturing costs down enough while throwing in so much new technology to still have the car be affordable? With their new global outlook and part sourcing that lets them use multiple parts across models and platforms, this, too seems doable.

            Personally, I’d be happy with even ~300lbs in weight loss, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • redline727

    A buddy of mine is a service director and he told me whatever it is gonna be called (he was told GT350) it won’t have anything to do with Shelby. He was told ford did not renew the licensing agreement with Shelby. And he said for has the sales department heavily pushing the staged ROUSH mustangs bc you can “pick” your parts. I wonder if ROUSH products will continue on the S550.

  • christopher

    Is a piece of shit the 2015 mustang

    • Donnie

      I take it you are a Chevy or Dodge guy?