The high-performance SVT version of the sixth-generation 2015 Ford Mustang is inching ever closer to production, as our spy photographer caught what looks like a complete prototype testing on public roads. Although earlier test mules appeared to have SVT front ends grafted onto standard 2015 Mustang bodywork, this prototype has wider rear fenders and a whole assortment of vents and scoops to set it apart from the standard car.
We don’t yet know what the 2016 Ford Mustang SVT will be called when it debuts sometime next year -- GT350 is a strong possibility -- but with its supercharged V-8 engine, it will be poised to do battle with the existing 580-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the recently-announced Dodge Challenger Hellcat's supercharged Hemi V-8. The Ford Mustang SVT’s V-8 is rumored to be an updated version of the 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 engine that puts out a monstrous 662 hp in the current Ford Shelby GT500. Expect similar numbers for the new high-po Mustang, as Ford will want to complete with Dodge's 600-plus hp from the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 in the Challenger Hellcat.
In these photos, the Ford Mustang SVT shows some upgrades over the standard 2015 Ford Mustang visually, with special multi-spoke wheels (that are unfortunately disguised in these photos), extended rocker panels along the side, a new rear spoiler, front fender vents, and a big hood bulge that hints at the extra power underneath. On the inside, our photographers spotted the tachometer which indicates a 6500-rpm redline, with a possible overrev feature that may allow the V-8 to briefly spin all the way up to 7000 rpm.
Stay tuned for more news about the supercharged, high-horsepower Ford Mustang SVT as we approach its launch which should happen sometime during the 2014-2015 auto show season.