2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 First Look: An Icon Returns
Digging deep into its heritage roots, Ford announced the return of the Mach 1 moniker after a 17-year hiatus with the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 on Tuesday.
The car, a limited special edition based on the current-gen Ford Mustang, isn’t just an appearance package, though that’s included too. No, the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is packed nose to tail with performance goodies.
Let’s start with the engine. The Mach 1 uses a version of the 5.0-liter, cross-plane crank V8 that’s found in the Mustang GT, but tuned to put out a claimed 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque like the current Bullitt Mustang.
Beyond that, Ford fitted the new Mach 1 with features found on the high-performance Shelby GT350 and GT500.
And comes standard with the six-speed manual transmission from the Shelby GT350, now with rev matching, although a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is available.
During Car and Driver testing, the manual-only Bullitt launched to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and raced through the quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds at 115 mph. The best part is that manual-equipped Mach 1s come with the same white cue-ball shift knob as the Bullitt—a C/D staff favorite.
The Mach 1’s 5.0-liter V-8 gets some good stuff from the Shelby GT350, too, including its intake manifold, oil-filter adapter, and engine oil cooler.
Additionally, the Mach 1 has the GT350’s front and rear subframe with stiffer bushings. It gets a few things from the 760-hp Shelby GT500 as well, including the rear axle cooling system, rear toe link, and rear diffuser—and there are four new 4.5-inch exhaust tips sticking out the back. Better yet, magnetorheological dampers are standard on the Mach 1.
The Mach 1’s lower front vents are also taken from the Shelby GT350; the driver’s side cools the 5.0-liter engine while the passenger side cools the transmission.
Above that are incandescent park and turn lamps, also stripped from the GT350, and two large intakes are integrated into the grille that cool the engine and transmission oil. Sitting in between the air holes is the pony badge, finished in a low-gloss silver called Magnetic, and Mach 1 badges adorn the front fenders and the rear decklid.
The Mach 1’s body will be decorated with distinctive low-gloss racing stripes and a special Mustang pony badge in the center of the grill.
Ford hasn’t yet announced pricing or said how many of these cars will be produced. Thenew Mach 1 will be available at dealerships in the spring of 2021, Ford said.