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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Another car we previewed a little while ago has now broken cover for real. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1. The reimagining of the iconic Ford nameplate has been redesigned for the current market and I must say, it does look good!

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 breathes new life into a name we haven’t seen for almost 18 years. It’s only here for a limited time but we are determined to enjoy it while it’s here…

“When you look through the heritage, we thought the automatic worked better with the Mach 1 nomenclature,” said Mustang Chief Engineer Carl Widmann.

“This is a global product, so we’ll hit almost 50 countries with this car. From the engine perspective, that was one thing in a Boss world that we’d have wanted in the 525-hp range, which we didn’t go into in the Mach 1. We wanted to use the motor from the Bullitt in an application for the automatic.”

Mach 1

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is designed to sit between the Bullitt and the GT350 and GT500 in terms of performance.

It certainly looks the part. With some aggressive aero, a masculine stance, those inset grille vents and some very well designed graphics, this is definitely going to turn heads.

Those grill vents were originally lights but in this version they are air intakes for the engine. Given what’s under the hood, I would say they are needed. The engine is a 5.0-litre V8 that produces 480 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. That’s the same output as the Bullitt.

"When you weigh the track desire for lift balance, putting a hood scoop on – and the minimal impact you’d get by running the air from there to the front corner – you get better air pulling from the front with an open air box. And you don’t get any of the downside from a lift perspective," Widmann said.

"For track performance, that was core to what we wanted to do. It was a decision early on."

The engine uses Ford’s 10 speed automatic transmission or a six speed Tremec manual with the iconic Bullitt pool ball on the shifter. The manual comes with rev matching and twin clutch from the GT-350.

The exhaust comes direct from the GT500 with oversized tailpipes and rear valance. The Mach 1 also gets subframes direct from Shelby, MagneRide dampers, upgraded anti-roll bars, firmer front springs and a stiffer steering shaft to help stability.

There are also heat exchangers from the GT350 and rear axle coolers from the GT500 to help endurance.

Buy the Handling Package and you’ll get a larger front splitter and trunk spoiler that increases downforce by up to 150%.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will be on sale in spring 2021. We will share any new information when we get it. In the meantime, register your interest at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.

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