When you buy an Audi RS5 Coupe, you’re buying into a pretty exclusive segment. Sure, there are many two-door sports cars with as much power as the RS5 but there aren’t many with as much power and as much luxury for that money. In the RS5’s segment, the only real competitors are the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe and BMW M4. However, it might just be getting a new competitor — the Ford Mustang.
Traditionally, the Mustang has always in the aforementioned first group of cars with great power but at a much lower price point. At the moment, you can get a Mustang GT with a 5.0 liter V8 for just over $30,000. An RS5 will set you back about $70,000. So there’s a big price/luxury disparity there.
However, this next-generation Mustang is said to come with hybrid technology and an all-wheel drive system. That could very well make it attractive enough for some customers to want to make the switch from a premium brand like Audi.
According to this new report from Autocar, the next-gen Mustang will feature a naturally-aspirated V8 up front, paired with an electric motor, that will drive the rear wheels. There will also be an additional electric motor at the front axle that will power the front wheels. Together, it will combine to have real-time torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. No power figures have been announced yet but 500 hp-plus wouldn’t be unexpected.
If that’s the case, it will be a very compelling package for anyone that wants a two-door performance car. Not only will be be a very powerful, all-wheel drive sports car but it will also be a hybrid — a plus for tech-savvy customers — and it will also be a Mustang — an iconic nameplate with traditionally good looks. So even though it’s still likely to be cheaper and less luxurious on the inside, there’s also likely to be a large group of customers willing to overlook that in the name of new-age performance tech and classic style.
Of course, there aren’t any photos or even a concept drawing of said hybrid ‘Stang but we can sort of guess what it will look like. The all-new Mustang Mach-E that debuted at the LA Auto Show, despite being an all-electric SUV, should give us a hint at the styling of the upcoming hybrid coupe version. If that’s the case, and the new car looks similar to the Mach-E, it should be a handsome thing.
It’s said that Ford has been working on this chassis for a few years now and it’s been designed to be a hybrid from the beginning. So don’t expect some sloppy last-minute job to stuff batteries and motors in it. The hybrid Mustang is going to be a polished product when it debuts.
Obviously, there’s no way to tell if such a Mustang would be good enough to pry Audi customers away until it debuts and we can drive it. However, we can say that just the idea of an all-wheel drive, hybrid Mustang should get enthusiasts very excited and we’d recommend keeping an open mind.