We’ve had plenty of opportunities to gawk at prototypes for the 2015 Ford Mustang, but today our spy photographers brought us these images of a higher-performance model. Most likely called the GT350, expect this go-fast 2015 Ford Mustang to replace the current GT500 as the most powerful of all Ford pony cars.
Overall, this car looks just like other 2015 Ford Mustang coupes we’ve spied before: Evos-inspired nose with narrow headlights and rounded front end, curved roofline, and sweeping rear windshield. The difference is that this car has several clues that it packs a bigger punch underhood. The wheels are larger and wider than on other 2015 Ford Mustang testers, and they hide cross-drilled brake discs gripped by larger calipers. Out back, a quartet of exhaust tips (which our spy shooter said produces a “fantastic rumble”) peeks out above a small aerodynamic diffuser. In front, the hood and fenders have mesh vents recalling the functional vents on the outgoing 662-hp Ford Shelby GT500.
Our spy photographers also managed to glimpse inside the 2015 Ford Mustang, revealing a steering wheel with a full bevy of buttons to control a slew of infotainment functions — MyFord Touch is expected to be offered on the 2015 Mustang for the first time. The basic two-binnacle gauge cluster remains unchanged, however.
In case you need more proof that this 2015 Ford Mustang has some go-fast goodies, our spy shooter saw the prototype entering the Ford SVT headquarters in southeast Michigan. As for what’s underhood, we expect a naturally aspirated V-8 engine — rumors suggest the massive supercharged 6.2-liter from the current Shelby GT500 just won’t fit inside the new Mustang’s more slender nose. Horsepower and displacement ratings are the big unknowns, but expect at least 500 hp from at least 5.0 liters of V-8 muscle. The car will likely be called the Mustang GT350; the name is up for grabs now that the Shelby GT350 has ceased production.
We expect to see the standard 2015 Ford Mustang at the Detroit auto show in January, but a high-performance GT350 version likely wouldn’t debut until much later in 2014.