Unless your name is Ken Block and you own the Hoonicorn Mustang, an example of Ford’s pony car that spins all the four wheels has been unheard of so far. However, as FoMoCo looks to go down the electrification avenue for its Camaro fighter, the new Mustang might get all-wheel drive, albeit as an option.

Is an AWD Mustang still a pony car?

2022 Ford Mustang Will Blend a Hybrid V-8 with AWD High Resolution Exterior
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According to Autocar, the new-gen 2020 Mustang will retain the V-8, but will also adopt a hybrid setup and, for the first time in the nameplate’s history, an all-wheel-drive setup. Ford’s current S550 Mustang has enjoyed a lot of popularity even across the pond in countries like Germany (and Europe in general) so Ford will be looking at ways to spice up the performance front for the next generation but also comply with the EU’s tougher and tougher emission laws.

The same outlet says the new Mustang is codenamed S650 and won’t touch base before 2022.

However, when it does, the pony car might also be derived in a hybrid version. Mind you, according to a patent filed by Ford back in 2017, the V-8 in the Mustang GT will still be offered in a standalone model, but customers will also be given the possibility of opting for a hybrid drivetrain mixing the said V-8 and two e-motors.

2022 Ford Mustang Will Blend a Hybrid V-8 with AWD High Resolution Exterior
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As per the patent, the V-8 would spin the rear wheels as before, while the two electric motors will spin the front wheels for extra oomph and better road control when the rear end starts to lose traction.

The hybrid setup could, in fact, work twofold: on one hand, it can boost the Stang’s performance credentials on demand, while on the other, it can help towards higher fuel efficiency.

Around the city, the hybrid Mustang could rely a lot on electricity for starting up and cruising as long as the accelerator isn’t pushed too hard, which would take some burden off the internal-combustion V-8. Plus, in the process of all this, Ford would benefit from a lower emission average throughout its range.

2022 Ford Mustang Will Blend a Hybrid V-8 with AWD
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The question that remains, however, is just how much of a pony car would the Mustang be with AWD. Having power sent to all fours instead of solely on the rear axle contradicts the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive concept behind every pony car/muscle car out there.

Needless to say, while info about the AWD & hybridized Mustang is still very scarce, we’ll keep an eye on the topic and keep you posted as soon as new details emerge.

2020 Ford Mustang lineup
Type DOHC Ti-VCT direct injection turbocharged I-4 DOHC Ti-VCT direct injection turbocharged I-4 DOHC Ti-VCT dual fuel port direct injection V8 DOHC Ti-VCT dual fuel port direct injection V8 DOHC Ti-VCT port fuel injection V8 DOHC Ti-VCT port fuel injection V8
Displacement 138 cu. in. (2,300 cc) 138 cu. in. (2,300 cc) 302 cu. in. (5,038 cc) 302 cu. in. (5,038 cc) 315 cu. in. (5,163 cc) 315 cu. in. (5,163 cc)
Bore x stroke 3.45 in. x 3.7 in. (87.55 mm x 94 mm) 3.45 in. x 3.7 in. (87.55 mm x 94 mm) 3.63 in. x 3.65 in. (93.0 mm x 92.7 mm) 3.63 in. x 3.65 in. (93.0 mm x 92.7 mm) 3.70 in. x 3.66 in. (94.0 mm x 93.0 mm) 3.70 in. x 3.66 in. (94.0 mm x 93.0 mm)
Compression ratio 9. 5:1 9. 37:1 12.0:1 12.0:1 12.0:1 9. 5:1
SAE horsepower 310 @ 5,500 rpm 330 @ 6,000 rpm 460 @ 7,500 rpm 480 @ 7,000 rpm 526 @ 7,500 rpm 760 @ 7,300 rpm
SAE torque 350 ft.-lbs. @ 3,000 rpm 350 ft.-lbs. @ 3,000 rpm 420 ft.-lbs. @ 4,600 rpm 420 ft.-lbs. @ 4,600 rpm 429 ft.-lbs. @ 4,750 rpm 625 ft.-lbs. @ 5,000 rpm

Source: Autocar

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