The gestation period for the upcoming high-performance 2016 Ford Mustang SVT continues, as our spy photographers caught a Mustang prototype running at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. Although the car is still camouflaged, we can see a few more details like upgraded wheels, brakes, and the aggressive-looking front and rear fascias.
Previous prototypes of this high-po Mustang have left a lot to the imagination, thanks to blocked-off front ends and covered wheels, but this new car running around the racetrack finally shows a full view of the Mustang SVT’s upgraded bodywork, even if it might not be final production-spec. The front end has a low air dam with intake vents that sits below a prominent Mustang grille with new nostrils on the side. The lowered look continues along the side with an extended rocker panel, and the rear fascia displays an aggressive diffuser with huge quad exhausts hinting at the extra power under the hood.
We still don’t know what powertrain will be providing this extra power, but the current theories are all over the map. Previous reports said that the 2016 Ford Mustang SVT might be powered by a turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine, but other sources think that a V-8 is still a sure bet, either in 5.2-liter, naturally-aspirated form or a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 like the outgoing Shelby GT500. Whatever engine ends up under the hood, expect it to provide a healthy power boost over the Mustang GT’s estimated 420 hp rating; though the Mustang may not match the ridiculous 707 hp of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, 600-plus-hp isn’t an unreasonable expectation.
In these new spy photos, we can also see huge cross-drilled brake rotors behind multi-spoke wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires, suggesting that the Ford Mustang SVT will have the chassis mojo to back up its powertrain muscle. Development at the Nürburgring also gives us high hopes for the car’s handling chops.
Stay tuned for more information to come on the 2016 Ford Mustang SVT, which may be called the 2016 Ford Mustang GT350. In the meantime, check out the photo gallery to see the latest SVT prototype in action on the track.