Motor Trend is noting that Ford’s (NYSE:F) next Mustang variant, slotted for 2015, may debut in mid-2014 as a 2014.5 model, keeping in tune with the original Mustang that launched as a 1964.5 model.
Motor Trend does caution that it wasn’t able to verify the assertions from MustangsDaily.com via a third party. However, the rumor does make a fair amount of sense, given that mid-2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Mustang’s debut.
The supposed production run of 2014.5 models is expected to be limited to just 1000 units. Following the initial run, the cars will presumably be labeled as 2015 models, Motor Trend notes. However, there’s a lot more floating behind this new Mustang besides the tweaked launch agenda.
The 2015 model Mustang will see the car break into global markets, with variants in both left- and right-handed drive. The power plant is expected be a more potent version of the 5.0 liter V8 unit that is a current mainstay in the Mustang lineup now, but the product line will also include an turbo-charged EcoBoost four-cylinder and a V6 option as well.
Motor Trend points out that MustangsDaily states that the limited 2014.5 release model will not feature any unusual performance enhancements.
Other rumors have signaled that in the performance department, the Shelby GT500 edition’s supercharged 5.8 liter, 662 horsepower engine might get dropped in favor of a higher-revving, naturally aspirated V8. However, and perhaps most notably, the live rear axle could see its demise to make way for an independent suspension unit.
Head on over to the Motor Trend piece and check out the Mustang release survey.
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