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We just caught a new Mustang-based mule track-testing, which might give us our first visual evidence that higher-performance Mustang variants above the GT are in the early developmental stage. Is this the early fetus of the next-gen GT500?

As we all know, prototypes for the 2024 Mustang are now running on public roads with regularity, both in four-cylinder EcoBoost form and in rumbling V8 GT guise. These prototypes are fully camouflaged, and hide the full production-intent bodywork under the vinyl disguise. This new Mustang test car appears to be something different. It is possible that this is an early Mustang mule which had adopted the 2024 bodywork—and just now found its way onto our camera sensor—but this one looks to have a more extreme, high-performance set-up.

This mule appears to have the robust Brembo braking set-up from the GT500, along with the same exhaust and rear diffuser design. The suspension looks downright slammed, with the wheels completely filling the wheel arches. The interior looks to have been largely removed with lighter-weight testing in mind, and the mule is equipped with a roll cage. This prototype looks ready for some on-the-edge shenanigans.

The front-end camouflage is generally the same as we’ve seen the rest of the 2024 Mustang prototypes. The front bumper intakes look big and aggressive—at least GT-spec in scoope— but we notice a distinct angled protrusion as the mule’s chin spoiler wraps around the sides of the front bumper. It looks as if this prototype might have some form of extra aerodynamics in effect, bookending the fore and aft portions of the front wheel arch. Such an aero feature is a notable part of the GT500 performance upgrades. At the very least, this looks like something above the standard GT, providing encouraging signs that gnarly gas-powered engines are still part of the Mustang’s performance brief as we head into an increasingly electrified world.

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I’d reckon it’s a mule for the GT350/Boss successor, like the in-betweener. We typically don’t see mules for their top-end models until several years after the standard models release. I would assume for benchmark reasons.
 

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Why Camo the back? It looks the Same. Tail Light Modules could be Swapped-Out, but looks like only the Rear Panel would be much Different.

Maybe the Bumper Cover has New Creases to Match-Up with New Quarter Panels and they don't want to give that away.
 

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Is that a new color for the Performance package wheel?
 

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Is that a new color for the Performance package wheel?
Silver versions of those wheels have been available in Rest of the World markets since 2015.

These look bigger though......20" rather 19", but that could be a trick of the zoom lens.
 

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It would be interesting to find out if the new body work might bolt up to the current car somehow. Both for mod reasons and for just understanding how it’s put together.
 

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Very odd mule. You would almost think they are testing some sort of 2023 GT500 goodbye edition, but that would make zero sense.
 

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Nah, the Brittany Blue Heritage Edition ('22MY) will be the last.......just like the Wimbledon White Heritage Edition GT350 was.

It's certainly unusual to see a hi-po version of an "all new" model testing so early, but I'm not complaining. Whatever it is, it'll still be unlikely to see production until a year or so after the cooking models.
 
 
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