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.
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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.
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