2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Specs, Release Date Finalized
For the first time in 17 years, Ford returns a Mach 1 version of the Mustang to the lineup. The new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 arrives in showrooms in the spring of 2021, equipped with a 5.0-liter V-8 expected to make 480 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm. Those numbers mirror the existing Mustang Bullitt, but the Mach 1 is a track-ready car boasting several performance parts sourced from the Mustang Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500.
Ford claims that the Mach 1 should be the most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever. In addition to the more powerful engine, the Shelby GT350’s Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox and transmission oil cooling system are also used in the Mach 1, and the unit features rev-matching for the first time. Other Shelby-sourced components include the engine’s intake manifold, oil filter adapter, and engine oil cooler, which together improve engine oil cooling capacity by 50% over a Mustang GT.
Unlike the Mustang Bullitt and Shelby GT350, which require you to know how to row your own gears, you can opt for a 10-speed automatic transmission in the new 2021 Mustang Mach 1. It comes with a second air-to-oil cooler for a 75% improvement in cooling capability. Honestly, though, you should learn how to drive a manual, if only for the Mach 1’s cool white cue-ball shifter knob alone.
In terms of handling improvements, compared to a Mustang GT the Mustang Mach 1 features reworked steering, upgraded brakes, a performance-tuned suspension, and substantial structural enhancements to tighten up the car. The firmer suspension features standard MagneRide adaptive dampers with specific calibration for this model, thicker front and rear stabilizer bars, stiffer sway bars and springs, and a rear subframe and toelink from the GT500 to improve overall stability.
Thanks to a reworked front end, the Mach 1 boasts 22% greater downforce than a Mustang GT with the Performance Pack Level 1. Additionally, a new underbelly pan that is 20 inches longer improves the Mach 1’s aerodynamics, and it features new airfoils to improve brake cooling while simultaneously adding downforce.
With the optional Handling Package, which includes a larger front splitter for greater high-speed steering response and stability, that improvement in downforce jumps to 150%. The Handling Package also comes with the Gurney-flap spoiler from the Shelby GT500 and wider, unique-design 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 performance tires.
The standard wheels also measure 19 inches in diameter but are slightly narrower and feature an updated classic Magnum 500 style. Other distinguishing traits include Satin Black side and hood stripes, black accents as on the mirror caps and rear spoiler, a mesh grille, and unique badges. A special Fighter Jet Gray paint job is exclusive to the Mach 1, but you can choose from several other paint colors.
Interior changes include unique dashboard trim, doorsill plates, an engraved badge with the car’s chassis number, and the aforementioned white cue-ball shifter knob. Leather is available and includes an accent stripe reminiscent of the Mach 1’s heritage, according to Ford.
Ford also says the new Mustang Mach 1 bridges the gap between the Mustang GT and the Shelby GT350. Prices have not been announced, but the car is likely to start at about $50,000.
The information in this article is from Ford. It was accurate on June 16, 2020 but may have changed since that date.