Hot on the heels of the news Ford is bringing back the iconic Mustang Mach 1 nameplate after 17 years, comes more exciting news. There will be a special limited-edition version of the coupe that’s based on the current-generation model. It has a lot of special appearance features and of course is packed with performance. What we don’t know is how many they’ll make or how much they’ll cost.
Mustang Marketing Manager Jim Owens tells the Car Pro's Laura Reynolds
that Ford doesn’t generally announce limit numbers for special editions but owners will know how unique their Mach 1 is.
“On the dash pack there is a Mach 1 badge, that also has its unique Mach 1 chassis number, which highlights the number of the Mach 1’s that have gone down the chassis line. So it’s unique to that car," Owens said.
The new 2021 Mach 1 is equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 that packs a projected 480-horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque (like you find in the current Bullitt
model.) Slotting below the GT350, Ford calls it the most track-capable 5.0 liter Mustang ever thanks to its newly redesigned front end along with Ford Performance parts from Mustang Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500.
(Don’t miss Car Pro Show Host Jerry Reynolds’ recent review of the 2020 Shelby GT500 which you’ll find here
Shelby GT350 Elements
The Mach 1 is certainly going to be a ton of fun to drive because engineers integrated revised Shelby GT350 components into its engine, including the intake manifold, oil filter adapter and engine oil cooler, increasing engine oil cooling capability by 50 percent. A 6-speed manual from the Shelby GT350 is standard. Also for the first time, Ford has outfitted the system with rev-matching and the transmission is paired with the GT350 oil cooler system and Mustang GT’s twin-disc clutch and short-throw shifter. There is an optional 10-speed automatic.
The all-new Mach 1 pays tribute to the past with a grille that harkens back to the original with a deep 3-D mesh, shark-nosed section and faux lamp elements. A low-gloss Magnetic pony badge is centered on the grille. Low-gloss magnetic and black accents throughout the vehicle provide a premium look while staying true to Mach 1’s bold, muscular heritage, including low-gloss Magnetic mirror caps and rear spoiler.
The Mach 1 rides on new 19-inch x 9.5-inch, and 19-inch x 10-inch five-spoke Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels which are a modern version of the classic Magnum 500 style wheels. Handling Package vehicles come standard with unique, wider 19-inch x 10.5-inch front, and 19-inch x 11-inch rear Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels.
Hood and side-body stripes with reflective surfaces celebrate Mach 1 heritage dating back more than five decades. For a little history, Ford delivered its original Mach 1 in 1969, setting 295 speed and endurance records in its first model year at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Thanks to its added handling capability, Mach 1 teams earned back-to-back SCCA Manufacturer’s Rally Championships in 1969 and 1970.
The Mustang Mach 1 will arrive in CarProUSA dealerships
in the spring of 2021. Stay tuned for more on the arrival date of the limited-edition model as well as the number available and pricing information.