2015 Mustang News & Rumors Summary

KZStang

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With the help of the fine thread put together by Thed, I have culled through the various rumors and news regarding the 2015 Mustang for those that have not been following as closely. I emphasize, many of these are unconfirmed rumors, with varying degrees of probability from damn near impossible to near certitude. I will let you decide which is which.

"CONFIRMED"

- 6th Generation Mustang code-named “S550” (link, thread)
- IRS (independent rear suspension) (one of many photos)
- Officially sold in Europe (video, thread)
- Officially sold in Australia (link, thread)
- RHD will be offered (multiple -
1, 2, 3
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- 4 cylinder turbo (below)
- V8 (below)
- Official reveal to be held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 with events in Dearborn, New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Sydney and Shanghai! (thread)


UNCONFIRMED / RUMORS

General
- Less retro design (multiple, but see video, thread)
- Plans to export to China (thread)
- RHD plans for India (thread)

Platform
- Some claim it is an evolution of S197
- Others claim it will be a derivative of the CD4 platform family
- Threads ("platform images", "CD4 chassis school")


"2014.5" Models - (link, thread)
- 1,000 limited edition "2014.5" models, the first based on the S550 platform.
- Special VIN and build number
- No additional upgrades compared to standard 2015 model
- 5.0L V8 @ around 450hp
- Confirmed by Ford Giveaways FB page? (thread, link)

Reveal
- April 2014 (numerous, but see thread, Henry Ford 150 - note: since removed from site)
- Standard lineup will be shown before end of 2013 (R&T - 1 & 2)
- January 2014 Reveal at NAIAS; Official "launch" on April 17th; Production delayed until July (thread, thread2)
- Concept at NAIAS, production version at NYAIS (link, thread)
- "We'll see the car in December... it'll be at Detroit" (thread)
- Reuters: Media Preview Week of Oct 21, Official Reveal in December (thread)
- Reveal event in Barcelona, Spain on December 6th, to be streamed on Ford Europe's Go Further page? (post 1, post 2)


Engines
4 cylinder turbo (pics/video)
- Europe Only (Edmunds, thread)
- U.S. also, premium upgrade above V6 (R&T, thread)
- 6500 RPM redline? (photo, thread)

V6 Engine*
- 3.7L carryover (numerous)
- Replaced by 4 cylinder? (Auto Express UK)
- *Only reason this is not in the "confirmed" section is because of comments from Ford's Matthias Ton.
- "Nano" V6 Engine between 2.5L and 3.0L (link, thread, document)

V8 Engines (video)
- 5.0L Coyote carryover (numerous, thread)
- 5.2L “Voodoo” high-revving NA engine [for SVT] (FIN, thread) to be developed by Mahle Powertrain)
- 5.4L NA V8 with flat-plane crankshaft, 7K RPM, 600HP (thread)


Trims/Lineup
C&D employee speaks to alleged insider (Link, thread)
- 2.5L 4 cylinder turbo @ 300hp
- 3.7L V6 @ 305hp (talks of upping power to near 400hp)
- 5.0L V8 @ 475hp+

Automobile Magazine (link, thread)
- 2.0L EcoBoost 4 cylinder
- 3.7L V6 (N/A)
- 3.5L EcoBoost V6
- 5.0L EcoBoost V8 Coyote
- 5.0L EcoBoost V8 GT500
- 5.8L will not fit in S550 engine bay

Wheels magazine (thread)
- 3.7L V6 @ 230kW (308hp)
- 2.3L 4 cylinder @ 185kW (248hp)
- 5.0L V8 @ 320kW (429hp)
- 5.8L V8 (Supercharged) for FPV @ 662hp

R&T (thread)
- 3.7L V6 @ 300hp
- 2.3L 4 cylinder @ 350hp (not to be called SVO)
- 5.0L V8 @ 420hp
- 5.4L V8 @ 600hp (NA with flat-plane crank)


Transmission
- MT82 6-speed manual carryover (TTAC, thread)
- 6 speed manual standard for all trims, 8 speed automatic forthcoming (C&D, thread)
- 6 speed manual only for some trims; 10 speed automatic in the pipeline (thread)
- 6 speed 6R80 auto (link, thread)


Suspension
Front:
- Derivative of the Virtual Pivot engineered for the SZ Territory and FG Falcon (link, thread)

Rear:
- Aluminum version of Control Blade IRS (link, thread, IRS primer)
- Others suggest it has no relationship to the CBIRS (thread)
- Similarities/shared IRS with Fusion/MKZ to be built by FTE Automotive (link, post1, post2)
- Integral Link Design (thread)


Interior
- Interior will “knock your socks off” (thread)
- Tighter leg and headroom (thread)
- First pics of S550 interior (thread)
- Interior shots of 4 cylinder EcoBoost (thread)


Technology (interior pics)
- MyFordTouch
- Paddle shifters
- Push button start
- Blind spot information system (BLIS)
- heated/cooled seats
- adaptive cruise
- traction control
- memory seats (?)
*not yet clear which of these will be standard/optional


Weight
- Lighter. 200lbs “within reach” (video, thread) or “don’t hold your breath" (MM&FF)
- 400lbs lighter and significantly smaller (link, thread)
- Other sources claim it may actually gain weight (thread)


Special Editions
Road & Track (link, thread)
- Shelby moniker to be dropped
- SVT Cobra with NA engine

TTAC (link, thread)
- SVT Cobra with 5.2L NA V8 with no engine cover
- Supercharger will not fit under the hood
- Further option packages for more hardcore and track-oriented

Mustangs Daily (link, thread)
- Shelby GT350 for 2016
- Official Ford factory model
- Stripped down performance car under $58k
- Mach 1 as early as 2017

Road & Track (link, thread)
- GT350 to debut as MY 2016, reveal in April 2014
- Higher displacement, high-revving NA V8 derived from 5.0L Coyote
- Substantially more HP than GT, but less than current GT500
- All the amenities of a flagship model
- Use of carbon fiber


SVT Hi-Po variant (GT350?) (photos, video)
- shows possible functional airscoops on hood/behind front wheels
- large cross-drilled rotors
- other pictures show cross-drilled carbon rotors up front and steel rotors in the rear
- 295/35/ZR19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires seen up front
- quad-tip double barrel exhaust


Spy Photos/Video
- V8 5.0L remains (photos)
- New exhaust resonator (photos)
- Smaller engine bay (photos)
- Wider track (photos)
- Angled roofline with more rake (photos)
- V8 sounds badass (videos & my opinion :D)
- Active Grille Shutters (photos, thread)
- Wider roof/body (photos, thread)
- CHMSL (Center High Mount Stop Lamp) (videos, thread, patent)
- 4 cylinder EcoBoost? (video, thread)
- Front splitter (photos)
- Steering wheel (photos)
- THE FACE (photos)
- SVT hi-po variant (photos, video)
- First Official S550 Teaser (photo)


Misc. Rumors
- 2015 Mustang will take cues from the modified Need For Speed movie hero car (thread)
- A S550 mule has been seen testing at Sebring along with a 911 Porsche Carrera S (link, video)



*If I missed/screwed up anything let me know. This will be updated regularly.

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Slow day at work? ;)

That's superb :clap2:
 

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Added a link to this on the S550 for Dummies thread. :cheers:
 
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Wow great legwork man... that's a lot of info in there.

Technically, isn't the s550 code name still a rumor? I know it's an internal thing, but does Ford ever actually confirm these ( SN95, S197 etc)?
 

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The title is "CONFIRMED".........as in there's very little doubt.............the title isn't "OFFICIAL" which is a very different thing.

None of the things in that list have been made official by Ford, but we've seen them in photos, so it's the next best thing :)
 
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What about after the car is shown? Does Ford ever officially confirm the platforn code names after?

In other words, have we seen Ford call the 4th gen SN95 and the 5th gen S197 in any official manner?
 

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Nice collection and great format... Like to get a sticky on this until the car is released.

EDIT: Sticky'd! Thanks J!
 
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Bravo kzstang!

Something tells me you took good notes in school :p
 

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I remember reading somewhere recently where a Ford engineer mentioned that the 4cyl Eco will only be available in Europe. Don't know how accurate that info is though. Also heard that the v6 will be pushed to 350-475ish range.

Edit* 350-375ish. Not 475ish lol. Typo. That would be a lot of kick for a sixer! I believe BMW makes a 4cyl that pushes 300hp, so I bet it's possible to see a 375hp v6
 
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I remember reading somewhere recently where a Ford engineer mentioned that the 4cyl Eco will only be available in Europe. Don't know how accurate that info is though. Also heard that the v6 will be pushed to 350-475ish range.
You sure it was recent? I think that was an old rumor.

V6 to 350 is already a stretch. Anything even approaching 400 is :lol:
 

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Been a die hard manual trans car all my life but, I am super curious about this "8 speed tranny". If its anything like the Porsche PDK or Ferrari's dual clutch. C&D stated not even the best drivers, driving cars with manual trans. could turn better 0-60's against these high tech dual clutch transmissions. Dont get me wrong I like and own a manual trans. 2006 Mustang GT. But when C&D and Motor Trend state they have seen a good dual clutch trans knock off as much as 3/10th of a second in a 0-60 run. So if the S550 w/ M-82 goes 0-60 in 4.2 sec. and one with a dual clutch tranny goes 0-60 in 3.9, just laying it out there
 

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