Over the last several weeks, Ford began revealing new packages available on the 2022 Mustang. They include the Ice White Appearance Package and the Stealth Package, which joined the familiar California Special.
As evidenced by the 2022 Mustang Order Guide that recently hit the Internet, there are several other changes on the way, one of which few Mustang fans will like. Apparently, the ’22 Mustang Mach 1 and the various versions of the ’22 Mustang GT will lose 10 horsepower and 10 lb-ft of torque. As a result, they will only deliver 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque and 450 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, respectively. No mechanical changes are listed in the order guide, so this reduction is likely the result of a more conservative calibration.
The change is being attributed to stricter emissions guidelines. However, given that 2022 may just be the final year of the S550, it reminds us of when Fox Mustang 5.0-liter output suddenly dropped from 220 in 1992 to 205 in 1993, just before a new Mustang generation launched with a 215-horsepower Mustang GT.
It’s not all bad news, however, as the EcoBoost and Shelby GT500 variations don’t seem to lose any power for the 2022 model year. This is a curious, but welcome inconsistency.
Likewise, there is a new, yet to be revealed package on the way as well. Available late in the model year is the Coastal Limited Package. It features several unique touches, including Coastal Limited Lighted sill plates, body-color grilles, pedestal spoilers, side scoops, vinyl stripes, and 19x8.5-inch Machined-face Aluminum/Tarnished Dark-painted wheels.
Moreover, there are big changes when it comes to paint colors. Several popular colors —Antimatter Blue, Grabber Yellow, Twister Orange, and Velocity Blue — are leaving the lineup. They are supplanted by a host of new hues, including Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat, Dark Matter Gray Metallic, and Grabber Blue Metallic. Three more will become available later in the model year: Brittany Blue Metallic, Eruption Green Metallic, and Mischievous Purple Metallic. We have heard that these new finishes may just rival some aftermarket colors, so it will be exciting to see them.
With ordering already open for the 2022 Mustang and deliveries expected early next year, it will be interesting to see how the new Mustang GT and Mach 1 stack up to the current models on the dyno, which is sure to be a hot subject on social media when these cars roll off the dealer lots.