Ford Lets Pony Car Fans Join ‘Mustang Stampede’ For 2023 Pony Car Debut

The Mustang is coming! And you can take part in the “Mustang Stampede” when it gallops into town on September 14, coinciding with the seventh generation. Official debut of the expensive pony at the American International Auto Show.

Mustang fans can get a little more information about the seventh-generation pony car tonight from Ford officials.

This year’s NAIAS is an indoor-outdoor event and will allow for bigger product previews than ever before, organizers say. For the Mustang’s debut, fans will be invited to see it in person. As part of the “Stampede,” fans with their own Mustangs will even be able to join a motorcade from Ford World Headquarters to the Huntington Place Convention Center along the Detroit River.

“When we first conceived the idea of ​​an indoor-outdoor Detroit Auto Show, The Stampede was the type of event we thought we hoped for and believed was possible,” said Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Show. “We are proud to support Ford with what will be an absolutely iconic milestone, celebrating the heritage and future of the Mustang, as well as the global mobility industry, right here in Detroit.”

Click here for more information and to register for the Mustang Stampede.

Rumors have flown

2018 Mustang 10 Million Parade
The “Stamp” at the North American International Auto Show wouldn’t be the first time it’s happened.

There have been many rumors in recent weeks, among other things, some “experts” predict that we could see the first all-electric version of the classic Mustang coupe. That’s all, but no doubt no in the letters, our own sources tell TheDetroitBureau.com. We’ll have to wait until mid-decade to see the all-electric coupe, Ford preferring to stick with its classic muscle, including updated V-8 configurations, for now.

That said, the automaker has already confirmed that a conventional hybrid will be part of the mix for the next-generation Mustang.

Sticking to internal combustion technology is a winning formula, or so several Ford insiders claim. After all, Dodge will drop the Challenger and Charger family models at the end of the 2023 model year, moving to an all-electric replacement in 2024 based on the Charger Daytona SRT concept he revealed earlier this week. And Chevrolet is believed to be heading in the same direction with an all-electric replacement for the weak-selling Camaro.

Codename S650

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition 2022_19
It’s unclear whether the 760-hp GT500 will make the cut for the next-gen Mustang.

The new Mustang, known within Ford as the S650, isn’t just a repeat of the outgoing pony car. There is the new hybrid, on the one hand. And you can expect the gas-electric drivetrain to be tuned to deliver a hefty dose of power, rather than just focusing on fuel economy.

How many other variants will be available is one of the questions we expect Ford to answer, either on Friday or during next month’s auto show. On the lower end, expect to see the 2.3-liter inline-4 stick around, making around 320 hp for the 2023 model year. Less certain is whether the 760-hp GT500 will stay in the mix, and if so what kind of package will we find under the hood.

Ford has almost certainly taken steps to stiffen the S650 platform to improve the handling of the seventh-generation Mustang. This is one of the few real weaknesses of the outgoing car.

And in keeping with current trends, expect to see the coupe loaded with new digital technology, including the latest version of Ford’s Sync5 infotainment system.

A great year ahead

This is a big year for Ford, the Mustang is celebrating its 60th yearth birthday on April 17, 2023. Therefore, the automaker also plans to launch a new Mustang GT3 race car that will debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona next January 30.

Click here for more information and to register for the Mustang Stampede.

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