Development mules are nothing new in the world of automotive. But, there are very few that look as conspicuous and shocking as the new Mutant S550 Ford Mustang. The visibly hideous hood of the car comes with an odd-looking bonnet bulge, but it turns out that there’s a secret hiding under the hood! And it’s literally huge!
The Secret Under the Hood
The Ford mutant Mustang was a frequent fixture on the highways of Detroit and instantly became an internet sensation. Finally, it has been revealed that the mule is packing the largest current production engine of Ford under that monstrous hood. A bone stock 7.3-liter ‘Godzilla’ V-8 engine is packed there, giving the bulging appearance of the hood to clear the intake. The huge engine also comes with a six-speed control pack for manual transmission.
The Reason behind the Production
Several versions of this Ford Mutant Mustang have been coming in and out from the manufacturer. After the GT350, the S550 is now taking to the streets, but soon it may be substituted by the S650, which is about to make its debut next month. If that sounds exciting, unfortunately, it’s not. According to the Ford insiders, the GT350 mule is just a part of the Ford Performance team. It has been used for some time to only test performance prototype parts of the mutant mules of Ford.
The Insider Information
Dave Born and Mark Wilson, who form the Ford Performance team, have revealed that the company never intended to make this unusual Mustang a commercial production or any type of internet sensation. According to Wilson, this massive heavy-duty motor is only intended to be aftermarket crate parts, which are suitable for almost any application the transmission and engine will fit in. The Ford Performance team selected to utilize the GT350 mule simply because it was laying around the workshop.
Every Angle of the 2021 Bronco Sport Fan Favorite
Although the concept for the Ford Bronco model has already leaked, a more detailed look at it is now available. It was being tested on public roads, and images of it are giving enthusiasts an even better impression of the off-roader.
The Bronco Sport will have a basic 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, as well as an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder one. It’s expected to arrive at dealerships across the country later this year with a starting price tag of under $30,000.
More Images of the Ford Bronco Sport Have Surfaced
Earlier this month, the images of the smaller Ford Bronco leaked on an online forum, but people got to see just three angles of the upcoming off-road crossover. Now, an even closer look of the vehicle is available because it was spotted during its public road tests, and it looks great.
According to Ford, the Bronco Sport will also have an available hybrid powertrain, which is expected to be identical with the 2.5-liter inline-four and electric motor of the Escape hybrid. To support its off-road appearance, it can have an optional all-wheel-drive system, and it could also include a low range and a differential lock.
The Bronco Sport Will Have Additional Ground Clearance
People can now get a better idea of the boxy exterior profile of the Bronco Sport, as well as of its roof rails. The vehicle will have a bold “Bronco” script across its grille and round headlights. The “baby Bronco,” as it is also known, will even have a dark lower-body cladding and some additional ground clearance compared to the Escape.
The Sport version will become available before its larger sibling, which won’t be on the market until early 2021, according to Ford. With its low price, the vehicle is definitely one that enthusiasts look forward to calling their own.