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Back in the Fold: The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will soon make a triumphant return to a track near you. In fact, the new Mach 1 will be the most track capable 5.0-liter powered Mustang ever thanks to its cleverly designed front end and parts shared from the Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500.

The new Mach 1 will be powered by a specially calibrated 5.0-liter V8 spewing 480 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Drivers will have a choice between a Ford Performance six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford will also offer an optional Handling Package, which includes a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission, higher downforce front splitter, new front wheel lip moldings, swing spoiler with Gurney flap, and rear tire splats borrowed from the GT500.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is unmistakable thanks to its new front fascia and grille, low-gloss magnetic and black accents, and hood and bodyside striping. 19-inch x 9.5-inch and 19-inch x 10-inch five-spoke Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels come standard. Drivers opting for the Handling Package get treated to 19-inch x 10.5-inch front and 19-inch x 11-inch rear Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels.

Exterior colors include Iconic Silver, Shadow Black, Oxford White, Velocity Blue, Twister Orange, Race Red and Grabber Yellow. Fighter Jet Gray is available exclusively with the Appearance Package. Satin Black side and hood stripes with red, white, or orange reflective accents stripes are also included.

The cockpit of the new Mach 1 features an exclusive Dark Spindrift instrument panel with aluminum accents. New door sill plates, revised splash screen, white cue ball shifter, and engraved badging with the car’s unique chassis number are also included.

“Bold styling, great acceleration and speed – Mach 1 says it all,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s chief operating officer. “This is one of those special Mustangs that truly brings a smile to the faces of our owners, enthusiasts and fans – including me – so there’s never been a better time to bring back Mach 1 and have it go global too.”

A host of performance equipment makes this the most track-ready Mach 1 ever created. The two-piece upper grille, lower grille and valance, and new side grilles contribute to the Mach 1’s aerodynamics and cooling needs. A front splitter, which helps improve track performance, and a rear spoiler work together to create the right combination of lift balance. Two side heat exchangers work to cool the oil and transmission oil. Ride and handling benefit from the latest MagneRide calibration, stiffer sway bars and front springs, and rear subframe with stiffer bushings and a rear toe-link from Shelby GT500.

The only bad news about the new 2021 Mach 1 is availability. You’ll have to wait until the spring of 2021 to get your hands on one.

Photo credit: media.ford.com

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