We must admit, we’re going to be picky when it comes to the topic of this article. Overall, the 2024 Ford Mustang S650 is an amazing looking and undoubtedly high-performing pony car. From what we’ve been able to see, the new Mustang has gotten so much right, which is why it hurts a little that its “Fox Body” gauges are less like replicas of the gauges from the 1987-1993 Ford Mustang and more like gauges inspired by the originals. Loosely inspired. But the gauges are digital, so if Ford wants to tweak it later to appease the Fox Body freaks, it could do it in an update.
We do see the idea. If you just squint your eyes (until they are almost closed), you can see hints of the Fox Body’s vibe. The font is close, but not quite correct. It has little dots on the speedo where the metric speed would have been indicated. And there are two large, simulated analog gauges. Beyond that, it’s riffing on the original more than it’s replicating it.
Here’s what we would have liked to see from a gauge view billed as a “Fox Body” cluster: For one, give us the yellow and red RPM warning markings on the tach, which would go a long way to capturing the spirit of the original. Call out “55” (or even “60”) on the speedo in red. Give us analog accessory gauges, like the battery voltage and oil pressure, even if they’re in the center rather than on the sides. With a digital gauge, it wouldn’t be hard to fully replicate the Fox Body gauges down to the last detail.
There might be some hope, however. The new S650 Mustang features “Power-Up,” Ford’s Over-the-Air (OTA) update and upgrade system. It could be this isn’t what the final gauge will look like and, if it does come out like this, it could be remedied by an OTA option. The best thing to do would be for Mustang fans to contact Ford and explain why that gauge cluster isn’t right and should be faithfully replicated. Or maybe use a different gauge altogether, like say the 1999-2001 Mustang SVT Cobra complete with its white-illuminated daytime gauges that glowed blue at night. Or recreate the SN95’s Mach 1 gauges with their silver overlay and classic Mustang face design. We could even be smitten with a digital recreation of the 1967-1968 Mustang cluster complete with virtual versions its chrome bezels and black panel. Or contact a Ford-certified aftermarket gauge brands to create something closer to the original.
Do you feel as strongly about this as we do? If so, let Ford know.
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