Finally. Fresh spy photos of the 2015 Mustang are starting to roll out, helping to confirm many of the strong rumors we’ve all been hearing over the past two years. These snap shots provided by Autospotters to Jalopnik show a current-day Mustang test mule hiding the guts of a 2015 Mustang. Chalk this up as Exhibit B of the 2015 IRS Mustang proof file as we’ve already caught photos of an IRS in a 2015 test mule in the past. Judging by the photos, it also looks like the guys at Ford might have a few more changes up their sleeve.
Question Answered: The 2015 Mustang is Officially Getting an IRS
It has been a little while since we’ve had concrete news on the 2015. We hadn’t heard a peep since a Car and Driver employee claimed to have gotten the inside scoop on Mustang’s motor lineup and new EcoBoost option(s). This news should lay to rest any doubts the solid axle holdout may have had about the 2015 leaving behind the archaic solid rear axle. Getting the last needed confirmation on an IRS for the next generation Mustang may keep the saber rattling at a high, but at least we know what’s coming, like it or not.
What Else do These Spy Photos Tell us?
With the question of credibility bound to come up, it’s important to point out these photos show a Michigan manufacturers plate, the same type of plate on the earlier KGP spy shots. The consistency of these photos with all of the previous 2015 spy shots and test mules we’ve seen indicate these are, in fact, real photos of a next generation Ford Mustang. All of the spy photos that have surfaced include a special cutout in the rear bumper to allow the exhaust to be routed around the IRS. Also interesting is the shape of the cutouts–a wide, boxed cut that is prevalent on all the 2015 IRS photos we’ve seen so far. Could this be due to Ford test fitting the GT500’s exhaust tips on the 2015 S550 platform? It’s possible, and the abnormally large shape of the cutouts on the test Mustangs seem to indicate this being the case.
One last thing these photos point out is the inevitable future–the Mustang is going global. The new spy shots show a wider area for the license plate (European plates are much wider) and a potential location for rear fog lights, a requirement under European traffic laws.
Comment and let us know how you feel about the 2015 Mustang receiving the first IRS since the 2004 Cobra.