Eh, I still have my complaints of the Mach 1, even having ordered it last year and having it parked outside and it's my baby. (sorry kiddo, you've been relegated to second place). There are things that I wish were done differently. (engine, interior options/color, hood)Your post reminded me of when the Mach 1 was announced. Many animated discussions.
I to am concerned about what I've seen thus far, but have to wait until the reveal in September.
I appreciate anyone who has 1) created a rendering and 2) posted it in 6G/7G for comments. Thank You.
Difficult time to be any of the following at Ford:
Designer: you're tasked with brining in the next generation. Followers have some of the highest expectations of any model. You need to make something that looks towards the future, while giving tells highlighting and respecting the past.
Engineer: you've got a wicked V-8. You might be forced to make adjustments. Making any change at all to existing power plant options is riddled with pitfalls; it's your third rail.
Logistics: You struggled all year to build cars people ordered. Oh yeah, the Lightening was introduced. We need enough bits to produce 100,000 next year while you iron out all the problems with existing models. After that, there's this whole S650 thing you need to pivot for.
I do agree though that it would be very tough to design a topper to the current car. It is, imho, the best looking 'sporty' Mustang ever. Not to be confused with the best looking Muscle Mustangs, the 69-72s (I like all those years) or the classy Mustangs, the 64.5-67 (proportions on 68 are not quite right for me, is more intermediate between classy and muscle)
But also understand that looks are a product of their time, and either can look good at the time but in retrospect we go......wtf......(94-98 anyone?)
Then again, I used to think Fox's were ugly, but I've changed my mind over the last few years, at least, late 80s/early 90s specifically. I was happy with the 2005 remodel, change to a more classic appearance, but looking back it is sort of lackluster. But then the evolution from then to what we have today is clear, and has turned into an amazing car.
So, so far I do not like what I am seeing of the S650, but I'll reserve judgement somewhat until next month. But even then, the right package on the car can elevate those models to good or even great levels (think New Edge Cobra R and Mach 1s over the base/GT)
And no, there is no hope that the Mustang II is ever placed anywhere but fugliest Mustang ever.