One of the most hotly anticipated vehicles of 2014 is the brand new 2015 Ford Mustang. Originally debuting in December at its own special events, details have been leaking out about the new Mustang as the days and weeks pass. The New York Auto Show is rapidly approaching, and it is at that particular auto show where the original Mustang was launched 50 years ago. We are expecting big news at this years auto show in celebration of the anniversary, and we have some predictions of what we will see about the 2015 Mustang at the last big auto show of the spring.
Mustang Shelby Variant
We expect Ford’s Special Vehicles Team (SVT) to announce a higher-horsepower Mustang variant at the New York Show. They like utilizing that particular show for announcements, with the Shelby Raptor being their latest announcement. We also know from an exclusive leak to Motor Review that there will be a Shelby coupe and convertible available to order. We expect this show to unveil either a GT350 or GT500 version of the 2015 Mustang.
At this particular moment, we can not confirm if the V8 codenamed “Voodoo” is ready for production, so we may see the current GT500 carried over in the new bodystyle. Keep in mind there is nothing wrong with the current GT500 engine making 662hp and 631lbs/ft of torque, as it can propel the current 2014 Mustang to a top speed of 202mph.
If “Voodoo” is ready for production, we might see it in two applications; a 500+hp naturally aspirated V8 or a 650+hp turbo application. Ford is EcoBoost crazy these days, and it seems very likely that we will see a turbo V8 at some point in the future. Spy shots seem to indicated that their is an air scoop at the front of the hood, which would indicate that some sort of forced-induction is present.
50th Anniversary Edition
A 50th anniversary edition of the 2015 Mustang is a car that we know even less about than the Shelby variant. However, we would find it extremely odd to not have a commemorative edition of this iconic pony car to show off on the anniversary of the car. Flat Rock makes special edition Mustangs all the time, and a special version of the 2015 Mustang would make it even more rare than the new pony itself.
It is about time for Ford to tell everyone how much horsepower the new Mustang is actually going to make, especially in the 4-cylinder EcoBoost. As it stands, the 2.3L EcoBoost is expected to make 300+hp. In the new Lincoln MKC, the same motor is making 285hp. We do not think it would be too difficult to achieve 300+ horsepower out of the engine, and expect it to ultimately fall into the 330hp range. Ford has stated that it will be a premium engine over the base V6, and we expect it to have premium horsepower figures as well.
We have been told that production will not begin until the fall, with deliveries occurring in late fall. We do not expect them to announce an on-sale date at the New York Auto Show, but we do expect them to give us an idea of when dealerships will be allowed to place orders. We also expect pricing to be announced at a date closer to the on-sale date. Maybe, just maybe, Ford will let customers customize the 2015 Mustang in their Build Your Own tool soon, without pricing, but we aren’t really expecting that in New York.
Mustang Special Feature
Ford has claimed that the 2015 Mustang will have some new feature that has never been seen before on a car. We reported late last year that that feature is rumored to be Burnout Control. Whatever it actually may be, we would expect Ford to announce it at this show, as it is one of their last opportunities to announce it at a show before launch.
We will know for sure what Ford has up their sleeves once the New York Auto Show media days begin on April 16th, 2014. We will be sure to report on all the latest from the show then. Stay tuned!