Ford is bringing back the ‘Mach 1’ badge for the Mustang, which will sit on top of the 5.0L V8 lineup. The original Mustang Mach 1 debuted in 1968 as a 1969 model, with upgraded performance and improved dynamics.
Mach 1 has always been that bridge between base Mustangs and the Shelby models. From a style and handling perspective, the original Mach 1 managed to stand out as unique, even in the Mustang lineup – and as the name implies, it could really move. – Ted Ryan, heritage brand manager, Ford Archives
Two years after its debut, Mach 1 with its competition suspension hit the streets in 1971 longer and larger than the original, with an assortment of powerful engine options.
In 1974, Mach 1 again saw major changes, reimagined for the first time as a hatchback/liftback. This Mach 1 generation enjoyed a five-year run and beefed up its handling capabilities with an optional Rallye Suspension Package.
Mach 1 returned for 2003 and 2004 model years, blending then-modern looks with 1970s-era Mach 1 design elements. It apparently had unique suspension tuning and larger Brembo front-disc brakes. And yes, it also had a matte black spoiler complementing the hood stripe.
As for the upcoming Mustang Mach 1, which is returning after 17 years, Ford says that it’ll be “the most track-ready 5.0-litre Mustang ever, once again delivering design magic while adding to its performance legacy”.
Meaning, the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 might pack even bigger numbers than the 475 hp Mustang Bullitt.
Mach 1 has a special place in Mustang history, and it’s time for this special edition to claim the top spot in our 5.0-liter V8 performance lineup and reward our most hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who demand that next level of power, precision and collectability. Like the original, the all-new Mustang Mach 1 will be true to its heritage, delivering great looks and as the most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever. – Dave Pericak, Director, Ford Icons
A full unveil is expected later this year.