As announced last month, Ford has revealed the latest iteration of the Mustang Mach 1. It’ll sit on top of the 5.0L V8 lineup; meaning, the Mach 1 will bridge the gap between Mustang GT and Shelby models. It also appears to be more powerful than the Bullitt, which we’ll talk about in a minute.
As for styling, the new Mach 1’s grille harkens back to the original with a deep 3D mesh; however, the lamps are substituted with faux inserts. A matt finished Pony badge graces the centre of the grille. The side profile gets a stripe in addition to a neat Mach 1 badge on the front fender, while at the rear, there’s a sporty bumper and quad tailpipes. The car rides on 19-inch x 9.5-inch (front), and 19-inch x 10-inch (rear) 5-spoke Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels – a modern twist to the classic Magnum 500 style wheels.
The Handling Package gets a larger front splitter, a fixed rear wing, and unique, wider 19-inch x 10.5-inch front, and 19-inch x 11-inch rear Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels.
Satin Black side and hood stripes are included with reflective accent stripes in any of three colors: Red, White and Orange (Appearance Package). Exterior color options include the Mach 1 exclusive Fighter Jet Gray (Appearance Package), as well as Iconic Silver, Shadow Black, Oxford White, Velocity Blue, Twister Orange, Race Red and Grabber Yellow.
A new underbelly pan, the vehicle’s most important upgrade in terms of aerodynamics, extends 20-inches further rearward than on a Mustang GT Performance Pack to smoothen and increase the airflow under the front of the car.
Large underwing features in the belly pan increase downforce, while special belly pan airfoils in the brake cooling ramps improve downforce and assist the brake cooling flow – a first for Mustang.
Thanks to all the aerodynamic elements, the Mach 1 is claimed to have 22% more downforce than a Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 1 and the downforce improvement jumps to approximately 150% with the Handling Package.
The interior features a dark theme with aluminum accents, new door sill plates, an updated splash screen on the 12.3-inch all-LCD instrument cluster, a white cue ball shift knob (manual), and an engraved badging that displays the vehicle’s unique chassis number.
Moving on to the business end of the story, The 5.0L V8 gets Shelby GT350 components that include the intake manifold, oil filter adapter and engine oil cooler, which are claimed to increase engine oil cooling capability by 50%. The engine pumps out an estimated 480 hp at 7000 rpm and 569 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque at 4600 rpm. While the torque is the same as the Bullitt, the Mach 1 gets 5 hp more.
As standard, the Mach 1 comes with a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission from the Shelby GT350, with rev-matching for the first time. The transmission also gets GT350 oil cooler system and Mustang GT’s twin-disc clutch. Buyers can also opt for a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with an upgraded torque converter and unique calibration.
The limited-edition 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will arrive in U.S. and Canadian Ford dealerships in the spring of 2021.