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The Mach 1 goals to bridge the hole between GT and Shelby within the Ford Mustang hierarchy and basically picks up the place the Bullitt left off. Its 5.0-liter V8 has the Bullitt’s 480-horsepower tune and with just a few powertrain and suspension upgrades from the( ), it makes for a rootin’-tootin’ Mustang that is straightforward to love.
Ford says the Mach 1 is a limited-production mannequin, although the corporate’s considerably obscure on precisely what which means. “We anticipate Mustang Mach 1 demand to outweigh provide as availability is proscribed by mannequin 12 months,” a Ford spokesperson informed me. Does that imply the Mach 1 is a one-year-only deal? Possibly. Ford solely means that events “get their Mach 1s now.”
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 has V8 energy and heritage model
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The 2021 Mach 1 begins at $53,915 (together with $1,195 for vacation spot), however in order for you one just like the automotive pictured right here, you will want $55,510 for the Mach 1 Premium, which unlocks the $1,000 look package deal. This will get you Ford’s cool-as-hell Fighter Jet Grey exterior coloration, in addition to a black/orange inside scheme, black/orange exterior stripe remedy and orange brake calipers. I will admit it is a little bit Boomer Bullitt for my tastes, however there are complete bunch of handsome choices to choose from as an alternative. Go wild, pals; spec yours in Grabber Yellow.
The Mach 1’s inside is not all that totally different from a Mustang GT, except for just a few trim-and-tape add-ons like a dark-finished instrument panel and aluminum accents. Each Mach 1 will get the Mustang’s 12.3-inch reconfigurable gauge show, in addition to an 8-inch central touchscreen operating Ford’s tried-and-true Sync Three multimedia tech. Embedded navigation and a 12-speaker B&O sound system are non-compulsory, howeverand are commonplace.
You’ll be able to match a Mach 1 with the Mustang’s non-compulsory Recaro seats, which it is best to, since they’re tremendous supportive and comfy. Like each Mustang, the Mach 1’s inside supplies are so-so, and outward visibility is simply OK. Higher than a Chevrolet Camaro, for certain, however that is not precisely excessive reward. At the least the Mach 1 comes with an entire bunch of driving aids, like lane-keeping help, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. You’ll be able to even add adaptive cruise management to the combo, as nicely.
For Mach 1 responsibility, the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 will get the engine oil cooler and consumption manifold from the Shelby GT350. This will increase the engine’s cooling functionality by about 50%, which is nice for lengthy stints of arduous driving. The aforementioned 480 hp is complemented by the identical 420 pound-feet of torque you get in a base Mustang GT, which is loads for this 3,868-pound coupe. Energy supply is robust and linear, accompanied by one of many heartiest exhaust notes within the enterprise. Gasoline financial system be damned; it is arduous to withstand laying into the throttle at each alternative simply to listen to that V8 roar, even when it does make you a complete chotch.
Somewhat than the Getrag six-speed handbook you will discover within the Mustang GT, the Mach 1 makes use of the stronger Tremec TR-3160 transmission from the Shelby GT350. This 6MT setup comes commonplace with computerized (and defeatable) rev-matching, however you sadly do not get the Shelby’s super-notchy shifter. As an alternative, the Mach 1 has the twin-disc clutch and short-throw gearbox from the Mustang GT, full with the Bullitt’s cue-ball shifter. It is a comfort prize, however I am not mad about it.
Consumers also can go for a 10-speed computerized transmission, which is kind of hit and miss. Pushed within the Mach 1’s Regular and Sport settings, the 10AT tends to hunt for the precise gear and it simply continuously feels prefer it’s shifting. You’ll be able to put the transmission in its personal sport setting in an try and settle it down, however that does not do a lot. Fortunately, steering wheel-mounted paddles are commonplace, letting you maintain gears for longer intervals of time.
The Mach 1 comes with a bigger entrance splitter and prolonged underbelly pan for improved aerodynamics. Two aspect warmth exchangers assist cool the oil within the engine and transmission, with the rear axle cooling system and diffuser borrowed from the ready-to-rumble Shelby GT500. Each Mach 1 has recalibrated digital energy steering, stiffer sway bars and comes, the Mustang GT Efficiency Pack 2’s brake booster and staggered width (9.5-inch entrance, 10.0-inch rear) wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer time tires.
None of this ruins one of many Mustang’s greatest attributes: It is a sports activities automotive you actually can drive daily. The MagneRide adaptive dampers are a deal with, continuously making changes to maintain the Mach 1 easy and composed, whether or not driving on a pristine monitor floor or gross stretches of patchy pavement. The recalibrated steering is a little bit too gentle and devoid of suggestions in its Consolation tune, however the barely higher Regular and Sport settings are only a toggle of a swap away.
There is a $3,500 Dealing with Package deal out there for the Mach 1 and if there’s monitor time in your future, it is a must-have improve. The prolonged entrance splitter is nearly comically giant compared to the usual Mach 1, although it seems to be applicable when mixed with the massive rear spoiler and GT500-spec rear tire spats. Ford says the Dealing with Pack ends in 150% extra downforce at velocity than a Mustang GT with the Degree 1 Efficiency Pack, in comparison with a 22% enchancment for the usual Mach 1. Extra vital, nonetheless, are the broader 10.5-inch entrance and 11.0-inch rear wheels and their super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Truthfully, this wheel/tire improve alone is price the price of admission; Cup 2s are among the greatest efficiency tires cash can purchase. There’s grip for days and with the Mach 1 in Monitor mode this large coupe feels surprisingly nimble across the tight and technical Streets of Willow course at Willow Springs Worldwide Raceway. The handbook transmission’s no-lift upshifts and rev-matching downshifts are nice for monitor use, although the 10-speed gearbox shines right here, as nicely. The automated executes completely timed gearchanges and fast requests from the paddles are met with quick motion.
The Dealing with Package deal will get you close-ish to the sensation of a GT350, however there’s nonetheless a reasonably large disparity between the 2. Then again, the Mach 1 is sharper than every other 5.0-liter Mustang, however with out the Dealing with Package deal, I am undecided it is so considerably higher than a GT with the Efficiency Pack and MagneRide dampers to actually be well worth the added price.
After all, the Mach 1 will not be round endlessly and, as with all issues Mustang, there can be sufficient client curiosity for Ford to discover a purchaser for each instance it builds. The Mach 1 splits the distinction between GT and Shelby precisely as supposed. The place it falls on that spectrum would not actually matter in any respect.