It’s here! Ford has pulled the wraps off the 7th Generation Mustang at the North American International Auto Show, quite fittingly, at a special event on the streets of Detroit. The S650, as its internally knows, brings a ton of new features and design cues, and we’re here to break down the five changes you need to know about.

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1. New appearance options
Ford is adding two new paint colors (Vapor Blue and Yellow Splash) to the palette of 11 options. But the choice doesn’t end there, with new stripe colors and designs, three color options for the calipers on Brembo brake-equipped cars (red, black, and Grabber Blue), and wheel options ranging from 17-inch all the way up to 20-inch alloys on GT models.

2. The V6 is gone
Long the entry-level engine, this generation of Mustang offers no V6, instead offering updated versions of the EcoBoost 2.3-liter four-cylinder, and iconic 5.0-litre Coyote V8. That V8, still naturally aspirated, now features a dual air intake with separate throttle bodies - a design Ford says will reduce induction loss. And yes, that V8 is still available with a six-speed manual (with rev matching), or Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission.

3. Performance Packs for everyone
Regardless of which engine you choose, you’ll have the option to add the Performance Pack to your Mustang. This track-focused collection of features includes “a front Tower Brace, Torsen® Limited Slip differential and optional MagneRide active suspension, wider rear wheels and tires, and larger, 390-millimeter front and 355-millimeter rear Brembo brakes.” And Performance Pack-equipped GT models get extra cooling for the brakes and engine oil, with Recaro seats and active exhaust optional add-ons.

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4. Electronic Drift brake
If you’ve seen the interior photos, you may have noticed what looks like a traditional hand brake lever. But surprise! Ford is trying something new: an electronic parking brake with a traditional lever, that allows owners to explore the joys of tail-out driving while building their skills. The new brake tech is standard on all Performance Pack Mustangs.

5. Active Pothole Mitigation
Available only with the Performance Package, Ford says this feature “monitors suspension, body, steering and braking” inputs to make suspension adjustments to make hitting potholes less jarring. This is on top of Ford Co-Pilot360 technology suite, which includes “Speed Sign Recognition, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering Assist, Evasive Steer Assist and Reverse Brake Assist,” meaning Mustang drivers should find it easier than ever to daily their dream car.

6. Rev up your engines
Sometimes, you just want to show off, and the new “Remote Rev” feature has you covered there. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Remote Rev allows you to rev the Mustang’s engine from outside the car, using the key fob. Sure to be a hit at your next Cars and Coffee!

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7. Lonely at the top
Ford knows the market is shifting away from cars like the Mustang, and its investments in EVs are proof of that. But the Mustang’s popularity means it’s going to outlive its crosstown rivals, the Camaro and Challenger, and Ford’s CEO, Jim Farley underlined that point, saying, “Investing in another generation of Mustang is a big statement at a time when many of our competitors are exiting the business of internal combustion vehicles.”

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There’s a few more things we think are worth mentioning, including:
  • The coupe’s roofline, shapely as it is, was designed to make it easier to get in and out while wearing a race helmet
  • The folding soft top is said to be compact enough that the trunk can fit two sets of golf clubs even with the top stowed away
  • The massive digital instrument cluster is highly customizable and both screens feature graphics powered by the Unreal Engine 3D creation tool — the same used to create video games
  • Overhead USB ports “conveniently placed for track cameras and other devices.” Ford doesn’t say it, but could those “other devices” possibly be radar detectors?
What do you think about the new 7th Gen?