Joseph Capparella Associate Web Editor
June 19, 2014

The high-performance SVT version of the sixth-generation 2015 Ford Mustang is inching ever closer to production, as our spy photographer caught what looks like a complete prototype testing on public roads. Although earlier test mules appeared to have SVT front ends grafted onto standard 2015 Mustang bodywork, this prototype has wider rear fenders and a whole assortment of vents and scoops to set it apart from the standard car.

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We don’t yet know what the 2016 Ford Mustang SVT will be called when it debuts sometime next year -- GT350 is a strong possibility -- but with its supercharged V-8 engine, it will be poised to do battle with the existing 580-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the recently-announced Dodge Challenger Hellcat's supercharged Hemi V-8. The Ford Mustang SVT’s V-8 is rumored to be an updated version of the 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 engine that puts out a monstrous 662 hp in the current Ford Shelby GT500. Expect similar numbers for the new high-po Mustang, as Ford will want to complete with Dodge's 600-plus hp from the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 in the Challenger Hellcat.

In these photos, the Ford Mustang SVT shows some upgrades over the standard 2015 Ford Mustang visually, with special multi-spoke wheels (that are unfortunately disguised in these photos), extended rocker panels along the side, a new rear spoiler, front fender vents, and a big hood bulge that hints at the extra power underneath. On the inside, our photographers spotted the tachometer which indicates a 6500-rpm redline, with a possible overrev feature that may allow the V-8 to briefly spin all the way up to 7000 rpm.

Stay tuned for more news about the supercharged, high-horsepower Ford Mustang SVT as we approach its launch which should happen sometime during the 2014-2015 auto show season.

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