A mysterious Ford Mustang GT mule has been spotted near the company’s development facilities in Dearborn, sparking a new wave of speculation about what the Blue Oval has in store for its pony car. If you thought we’d come out of 2020 without another automotive mystery, well guess again.
If the first thing that comes to your mind when looking at these blueprints is “Mach 1, Part Two”, you are not alone. When we first saw this variant on the street a year ago, it looked a lot like the prototype in these photos. Upon closer inspection, however, we can see that there are key differences that deepen the mystery surrounding this mule.
For starters, the Mach 1 was clearly based on a performance Mustang GT. While this prototype is at least based on a V8 model, the square wheel and tire setup as well as the all-season tires indicate a fairly basic specification. The dropout sensors visible in some of the photos suggest Ford is testing either the powertrain or the brake settings.
Rumors of an all-wheel drive Mustang have been swirling for years. As we have already pointed out, it is extremely unlikely to see an all-wheel drive variant of the current generation Mustang (pictured). If given the green light, the layout would almost certainly be offered on the next-gen model, which is slated to release in model year 2023.
There are of course several other possibilities on the powertrain front. Everything from the long-rumored hybrid (which rumors died down after the introduction of the Mustang Mach-E) to the introduction of the engines used in Ford’s other rear-wheel drive models could be on the table. . Then again, this could be something as simple as an upgrade to the brake system, which could explain both a modified fairing and the sensors mounted in the corners as well as any modifications to the powertrain.
At this point, we still expect 2022 to be the final year for the current-gen Mustang, so that could be a mule for just about anything. We’d love to see full-fledged prototypes of its eventual successor, but we’ll have to settle for that sort of thing for now, it seems.