“As you know, the [Dodge] Challenger has all-wheel-drive. We’re always looking at different kinds of performance, but we have nothing to announce at the moment,” affirmed Mustang brand manager Jim Owens in an interview with enthusiast website Ford Authority. What’s telling is that he highlighted the competition and didn’t shoot down the idea. He would have sung a different tune if asked about making the next Mustang front-wheel-drive — though taking that controversial route was once seriously considered by Ford
Seeing an all-wheel-drive variant of the current-generation Mustang (pictured) is extremely unlikely. If it receives the green light, the layout would almost certainly be offered on the next-generation model due out for the 2023 model year. We’re guessing it would be an extra-cost option, and rear-wheel drive will continue to come standard.
It’s too early to tell how Ford would channel power to the four wheels. It could be a full-time system, or it could send spin the front wheels only when the rear axle loses traction. Either way, it’s safe to bet it will be rear-biased.
Ford has never offered four- or all-wheel drive on the Mustang, though England-based Ferguson Research built two or three prototypes in the 1960s
We’ll need to be patient to find out more about what Ford has in store for the next-generation Mustang. Called S650 internally, it’s scheduled to arrive in showrooms nationwide before the end of 2022 as a 2023 model.