It seems like just yesterday the newest generation of Mustang was launched. But if recent reports are to be believed Ford is already planning on it’s replacement. Furthermore the report states that they moved their target release date from 2022 to 2020. So the question is, why? The current Mustang is a very good car so why replace it sooner than originally planned? Well there are 2 prevailing theories.
Theory 1: The current generation Mustang met with more brush-back than Ford was expecting. Many purists did not believe it was “truly” a Mustang. I for one do not fall into that category, in my opinion it is absolutely a Mustang. It is what a Mustang is supposed to be. It’s a Fastback 2+2 coupe with a long nose and a V8, that brings performance above it’s price point. That is what the Mustang has always been, apart from the Mustang II. But everyone is entitled to a mulligan. Anyway, there are enough people out there making loud enough noises that Ford could have been swayed into replacing their current Mustang sooner than expected.
Theory 2: The all new Camaro. There is no denying the brand new Camaro is a phenomenal car. It is already beating the Mustang in a lot of comparison tests. Ford will not like this. They are used to being the top Pony Car dog and will not relinquish that title easily. So if they deem that the current chassis is not the best option to take on the Camaro they would want to get to the next gen as soon as possible.
Personally I think it is a combination of the 2. I think Ford could gain the necessary performance to beat Chevy pretty easily using the existing car. But if they feel the negativity surrounding the current generation Mustang is substantial enough they may want to use performance as an excuse to move on. Ford has yet to comment on the rumors, nor should they. Either way we strongly recommend you go out and buy a GT350 it is a fantastic machine and your life will be better for it.