After a breach of 17 years, the Ford Mustang Mach 1 is roaring aback assimilate the muscle-car arena with a 480-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 beneath its hood, additional affluence of genitalia taken from the boss Shelby GT350 and GT500 — accustomed a just-announced amount rolling up on $53,000 aback it arrives at dealerships in the spring. Time has been affectionate to the Mach 1 because aback it was aftermost offered for the 2004 archetypal year, it was powered by a 305-hp, 4.6-liter V-8. With absolutely 175 added ponies than its predecessor, the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is aimed anon at rivals like the Chevrolet Camaro SS and Dodge Challenger R/T.
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But wait, doesn’t the approved Mustang GT already acquire a almighty 460-hp V-8 engine? And appear to anticipate of it, the Mustang Bullitt has absolutely the aforementioned 480 hp and 420 pounds-feet of torque that you get in the new Mach 1. What makes the Mach 1 angle out amid added high-performance ’Stangs, not to acknowledgment absinthian rivals from Chevy and Dodge?
To start, the Mach 1 plays on the model’s continued history in the Mustang lineup. The aboriginal Mach 1 accustomed in 1969 and, as you can see, agrarian antagonism stripes and a blacked-out awning are awakening architecture elements begin on the 2021 Mach 1. Honoring that heritage, a Mach 1 client has the best of three cogitating emphasis stripes — red, white or orange — alongside the satin-black ancillary stripes and hood.
Also harking aback to the aboriginal 1969 model, the Mach 1’s advanced grille is accomplished in a abysmal atramentous cobweb pattern, with a brace of affected headlights formed into the design. According to Ford, the Tarnished Dark-painted admixture auto (19 inches advanced and rear) are a avant-garde estimation of the archetypal Mach 1’s Magnum 500 appearance wheels. There are eight exoteric blush choices: Race Red, Velocity Blue, Oxford White, Grabber Yellow, Shadow Black, Iconic Silver, Twister Orange and the Mach 1-exclusive Fighter Jet Gray with the accessible Appearance Package.
There’s abundant added to this Mustang than antagonism stripes and adorned wheels, of course. In accession to the glottal V-8 engine, Mach 1 barter can acquire amid a six-speed chiral chiral or alternative 10-speed automatic. The chiral gearbox is taken anon from the Shelby GT350 and comes with appearance like rev-matching, its own committed oil-cooling arrangement and a short-throw shifter. Automated Mach 1 models additionally accommodate a chiral oil acknowledgment and upgraded torque converter.
A big chief agency in your chiral best could be the accessible Handling Package. This is offered alone with the six-speed chiral gearbox and includes added wheels, a beyond advanced splitter, rear addle-brain with chip Gurney flap, and attenuate aerodynamic changes adopted from the Mustang Shelby abiding to advance airflow about the advanced and rear wheels.
The aftereffect is greater annoyance to accumulate the Mach 1 buried to the alley (or track) at aerial speed. Ford says the Mach 1 in accepted architecture has 22% added downforce than a Mustang GT able with the Performance Pack 1 advantage package. Jump to the Mach 1 with the Handling Package, and Ford estimates downforce is a whopping 150% added than what you get in that aforementioned Mustang GT. If you plan on demography your Ford pony car to a racetrack, this added aero anchor will be your new best acquaintance in accelerated corners.
The abeyance and council acquire been upgraded with appearance like stiffer amplitude confined and advanced springs, stiffer bushings in the rear subframe and a rear toe articulation taken from the Shelby GT500. Added racetrack-friendly accouterments on the Mach 1 accommodate two ancillary calefaction exchangers to advice bigger air-conditioned the agent and transmission, forth with a rear-axle cooling arrangement and a added advancing lower rear diffuser adopted from the Shelby GT500 (because let’s acquire that if you’re activity to alpha borrowing things, a Mustang with 760 hp is a acceptable abode to start).
Last, but hardly least, we appear to the Mach 1’s amount tag. Aback it arrives in bounce 2021, the Mach 1 will amount $52,915 (including $1,195 destination fee). That’s about $5,000 added than what you’d pay for a 2020 Mustang Bullitt, admitting it’s almost $7,000 beneath than the accepted amount of a Shelby GT350.
The apple of actual fast Ford Mustangs is acceptable an more awash abode … and, nope, we’re not complaining.
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