Although it is not in their yard, Ford fans are worried about the Mustang’s future. Two rival companies already dropped many sedans, focusing on more profitable classes, such as SUVs and trucks. If sedans and hatchbacks were dropped because of the lack of practicality, what fans of pony cars should expect? The future of the most iconic name is in serious jeopardy after the 2025 Ford Mustang.
General Motors announced the final edition of the legendary Camaro. The Farewell Edition is coming out as the 2024 YM. There are no signs Ford is about to do something similar with Mustang, but enthusiasts are not calm. Also, Ford is building a new electric SUV with the ‘Stang badge. Even if the name survives as the EV, that is not the outcome fans are hoping for.
The collapse of Pony Cars
Pony cars, or muscle cars, were dominant in the past, but for a long time, the segment is falling. We can make a long list of models that were discontinued. Some companies that relied on sales of pony cars don’t even exist anymore. Best known models are Pontiac GTO, Plymouth Barracuda, and Buick Riviera. Even Ford and General Motors cut all of their vehicles in this class but Mustang and Camaro. Chevelle, Impala, Torino, and others are in the history books. Currently, there are only four classic muscle cars available in the US market. Besides the Mustang and outgoing Camaro, there are a couple of Dodges – Charger and Challenger.
So, we have a right to think beyond the 2025 Ford Mustang and question the future of the muscle car. The marque will stay in the market but as an EV. That is not the vehicle we are talking about, since Mustang Mach-E doesn’t have anything in common with the old-school ‘Stang. One by one, muscle cars are being discontinued. Ford is building their pony car since 1965. It is currently in the sixth generation. The next one is announced for 2024, unrelated to the muscle car, but becoming an EV.
2025 Ford Mustang Models
We’ll see what will happen in 2025. The lineup is already trimmed to 3 versions – standard, GT and Mach 1. We can talk days about iconic ‘Stangs. Some of them could be back for the 2025 edition, such as Boss 302, Bullit, Shelby, SVT Cobra…
One thing you can choose on the muscle car is the roof style. The convertible is available, but not on the top-of-the-range Mach 1 model. The EcoBoost is using a 2.3-liter turbo-four engine. This is something that doesn’t fit the best with a muscle car. Although the four-banger is quite potent, such a vehicle needs a beast with more cylinders under the hood. That is why Mach 1 is the most popular model, although it is the most expensive. The company packs it with a V8 engine capable of delivering 470 hp and 410 lb-ft. This configuration needs only 4.3 seconds for the 0-60 mph acceleration.
Not much worse is the 2025 Ford Mustang GT. The same 5.0-liter mill is under the bonnet but slightly downgraded – 450 hp. it needs 0.1 seconds more to reach 60 mph. Both setups are available with manual and automatic transmissions. We are missing the GT500, which needed 3.3 seconds, and even the GT350 version was under 4 sec.
Sales and Competition
With less than 50k units sold in 2022, it was the worst year in the market in Mustang’s history. The slump is happening for a quite while. Since 2008, only two times Ford managed to sell more than 100,000 examples in a single year. It happened when the latest generation arrived with a lot of novelties and with cool GT models that drew extra attention.
The archrival is out of the game, once again. Farewell Edition is Camaro’s final edition. Well, GM made a comeback in 2009, after a 7-year break. As you can see from Mustang’s sales, it was a wrong timing, when the market for muscle cars started to collapse.
Another big rival is Dodge. The badge now dropped to only four models, and two of them are pony cars – Charger and Challenger. There are still people who buy those vehicles, but the practicality and versatility of SUVs are killing the segment. We’ll see those cars for a few years more. The 2025 Ford Mustang will be there, but beyond that, nothing is guaranteed.
2025 Ford Mustang EV – The New Chapter
Get used to it when speaking of Mustang – it will be an electric vehicle. Ford made the move and there is no return from this point. Mach-E is just the first model. The legacy is going to continue in the electric automotive world.