One of the most beloved variants of the Mustang returns to the stable of the brand after 17 years of absence.
Mach 1. Just by hearing this name and imagining the powerful roar of the V8, your skin stands on end. It is not for less, it is a legend of high performance, which has come and gone intermittently in the history of the Mustang, but its legacy has crossed generational borders. For many, the classic Mach 1s remain the dream of many. In fact, if for some reason you don’t know, the original Eleanor was a 1973 yellow Mach1.
We have known for a long time that Ford was preparing for the return of Mach 1, but we can’t help but feel enormous excitement when we officially meet him. This car is an indirect substitute for the Bullitt, while also filling the gap between the Mustang GT and the versions signed by Shelby. In fact, it inherits a bit from each of the mentioned versions.
Let’s start with the engine, which is a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 capable of producing 480 Hp and 569 Nm of torque (the same as the Bullitt), which is mated to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission taken directly from the Shelby GT350. By the way, for the first time, it equips an automatic toe-heel system. Optionally, you can equip an automatic change of 10 relations … please do not do it!
The transmission isn’t the only thing Mach 1 borrowed from the GT350 as it also integrates components like the intake manifold as well as elements of the oil cooling system. For its part, the rear diffuser was taken directly from the GT500. The MagneRide suspension is standard and the brakes were also improved. Same case for stabilizer bar. All this promises high dynamic performance. In tune with his legacy.
Aesthetically, the Mach 1 is distinguished by its unique elements such as a specific grille with two blind (false) inserts that mimic the position where the original Mach 1 carried two auxiliary lights; they could have installed some factory fogs or two air vents with angel eyes or even leave them uncovered; Homework for fans who buy one. The bumpers are new (now they have a front lip, which recalls the original lip), as well as the 19 “wheels. And of course, there is no lack of black vinyl on the hood and sides, a hallmark in This car. In the rear, highlights the diffuser and quadruple round exhausts. The best thing is that it not only looks good, but the aerodynamic elements are functional. There is also an optional rear spoiler.
Body color options include the exclusive Fighter Jet Gray (gray) as well as Iconic Silver (silver), Shadow Black (black), Oxford White (white), Velocity Blue (blue), Twister Orange (orange), Race Red (red) and Grabber Yellow (yellow).
Behind the scenes, it is where there may not be so many changes. However we found aluminum accents, leather-lined seats, a white ball shift knob, an engraved plate and various Mach 1 badges. The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster was updated.
The Mustang Mach 1 2021 will hit dealerships in the United States next year. Ford had originally said that it is a limited edition model, but everything indicates that, like the Bullit, it will be offered in other parts of the world.
Where does the name Mach 1 come from?
The name is inspired by the feat of Chuck Yeager, a pilot in the United States Air Force, who is said to be the first pilot to break the sound barrier, a metric called “Mach 1” or 1,235 kilometers per hour.
The original 1969 Mach 1 broke 295 speed and endurance records at the Bonneville Salt Flats (where records are to be broken in the United States). He even kept two SCCA rally championships in 1969 and 1970.