Shelby bits, GT pricing
Upgrades make Mach 1 peak of 5.0 factory performance
Ford has just priced the Mach 1 version of the latest Mustang. The trim level returns for the first time in 17 years, fitting in well between the Bullitt and where the Shelby GT350 used to live priced to start from $65,500 in Canada.
The Mach 1 badge was first applied to the Ford Mustang in 1969, and it actually became so popular that it bumped the now synonymous GT badge to the curb until it returned in 1982. Mach 1 went away again in 1978 and didn’t come back until 2003, where it returned for two years offering a performance placeholder between GT and SVT.
Now it’s back, and Ford calls the 2021 Mach 1 Mustang “the pinnacle of 5.0L performance.” It uses a special version of the Mustang’s 5.0L V8 tuned to make 480 hp at 7,000 rpm along with 420 lb-ft of torque. That output is the same as the Bullitt, and 20 hp more than the standard GT.
Mach 1 borrows some bits from the Shelby GT350, including that car’s intake manifold, engine oil cooler, and front and rear subframes, as well as taking the rear axle cooling and rear diffuser from the GT500. The car will be offered with a six-speed stick or 10-speed auto.
Appearance changes include fake light elements beside the pony badge, a special grille and new side grilles, plus the GT500’s quad taillights.
While 2021 full-line Mustang pricing hasn’t yet been released, the $63,700 starting price (before destination) puts the car between the $58,500 Bullitt and the $72,425 GT350 (both 2020 prices), far closer to the Bullitt. The Mach 1 will be a limited edition, Ford says, and the order books are open now for deliveries starting in the spring.