While the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette may be this year’s biggest headline grabber, just wait until next year, when it’s Ford’s turn. An all-new 2015 Ford Mustang is in the pipeline, and speculation on what the new car looks like, and what will be under the hood, is rampant. We still don’t have a clear indication of what the new car will look like, although we’re pretty sure it’ll ape the lines of the Ford Evos concept car. Whatever it looks like, we do know one thing: Ford will definitely have a V-8 powering its pony car.
These new spy shots reveal a 2015 Ford Mustang test “mule,” that is, a very early prototype that tests major components of the new vehicle, but is still wrapped in the body panels of the old car. Manufacturers use the mules because engine, chassis, and suspension development is often ahead of the design department. It’s also a ruse to throw off spy photographers, but as you can see, it doesn’t always work.
This particular 2015 Ford Mustang mule was caught with its hood open, and we’re able to discern a lot from the photos, not just what kind of engine powers the car. The engine bay appears much narrower in the front than the current Mustang, indicating that the front end styling of the new Mustang will also be narrower. This seemingly minor change has big implications for the car. A lot of the air intake pipes have been rerouted, and it makes us wonder whether or not Ford will be able to continue to shove huge engines in there, like the 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 in the current Shelby GT500. Furthermore, it seems to indicate that the Evos styling will make it to production in some form; that car has a notably narrower front end than the current Mustang’s blunt nose. It also lends credence that the base engine for the Mustang will not be a V-6, but possibly a turbocharged four-cylinder.
Of course, we’re a long way off before any of these questions can be answered conclusively. But it all adds to the speculation that the 2015 Ford Mustang will be a more sophisticated car all around. For example, it will have an independent rear suspension for the first time. In the meantime, take a look at the shots below, and sound off in the comments about what you’d like to see in the 2015 Mustang.