2021 Mustang Mach 1 Specs & Details
It’s been highly rumored for sometime now that the Mach 1 will be making a return to the Mustang lineup. With the introduction of the Mustang Mach-E, many enthusiasts will likely be quite happy to see a Mach 1 Mustang variant make a return as well. The last Mustang Mach 1 to hit the streets was the 2004 model year, meaning it’s been over 15 years since a Mach 1 has rolled off Ford’s assembly line. There’s no doubt that we’re quite excited to see what Ford has up their sleeve to make this Mustang variant as special as it’s been in past Mustang generations.
Between the Shelby GT350R and GT500 out of the Ford Performance stable over the past few model years, we are so excited to see what comes from the upcoming Mach 1!
Ford Officially Confirms 2021 Mustang Mach 1 (5/29/2020)
Due to recent world events, we were surprised to see what popped up on Ford Media Center this morning - Ford Motor Company released its own spy shots of the upcoming 2021 Mustang Mach 1! We really can’t call them spy shots now, can we?
Regardless, we are more than excited to see what’s to come with the - now confirmed - return of the Mach 1. Based on Ford’s wording in their press release, we can expect this new version of the Mustang to be the most track-capable 5.0L V8 Mustang ever! These photos alone tell us a ton of what we can expect on Ford’s latest Mustang project.
Starting at the front of the 2021 Mach 1, you’re able to see the most obvious change - the upper grille - which now has two openings similar to what was on the outgoing S197 Boss 302 models. This could either be for additional airflow to the engine for power and cooling, or making room for some LED fog lights to be included in the package on the road-going version.
Additionally, you can see the entire front fascia is revised from what we’ve seen previously with any Mustang model. This fascia looks as if it’s a cross between the GT350 & GT500 designs. With lower grille openings similar to the GT350 and GT500, we have to wonder if there’s additional cooling available on this trim level that may not be available for the GTs. Otherwise, those honeycombs would be blocked off for additional aero. Only time will tell!
Moving onto the wheel photo that Ford included in their release, we’re happy to see sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, especially 305mm wide in the front! What’s even more impressive is this unique wheel design. If this is what’s going to be included in the road-going version of this vehicle - we’ll be totally happy with that.
One thing we’re slightly surprised about are the brakes. We were hoping to see hand-me-down GT350 brakes on front and rear for the Mach 1. It looks like they opted for the outgoing Bullitt brakes -- red GTPP brakes -- for this build. Nothing quite stands up to the braking potential of that GT350. We won’t lose sleep over it though - a simple fluid and aggressive brake pad swap, and you’ll be keeping up with the GT350’s braking potential with ease!
Lastly, from the rear, you can see this test mule also includes the outgoing GT350 “swing” and lower GT500 rear fascia with those massive 5-inch exhaust tips. Not much has changed here in comparison to the previous spy shots, but we can see those wheels do have a decent offset both front and rear, especially for factory wheels. Way to go, Ford!
We truly can’t wait to see what’s next with the upcoming Mustang Mach 1. The only major question is what’s under the hood. Ford has come out and said that this will be a 5.0L engine. Meaning that it will likely have the same, or a variation of, the Bullitt’s 480-horsepower V8. This would certainly be no slouch, but somehow bumping that number to 500 hp would be nothing short of impressive!
2021 Mustang Mach 1 Confirmed Via Leaked Document (4/2/2020)
For some time now there has been much speculation to whether or not the Mach 1 is going to make a glorious return to the Mustang lineup. Well, that speculation can almost come to a close because our friends at Mustang6G dropped a supposed leaked document from Ford that displays the Mach 1 as an option on the model lineup for 2021 Mustang models.
Upon further inspection of the alleged Ford document, it appears that for the 2021 Mustang model year there will be a Mach 1! The sequencing of this document illustrates the Mach 1 could replace the incredible Shelby GT350 and GT350R. This comes as a shock to us because we were under the impression the GT500 and GT350 would be selling side by side for a few more years in dealers across the country. No engine details are available at this point.
This potentially leaked document and the spy photos around Dearborn have to cause Mustang enthusiasts to talk even more than before. While there is no way to confirm that this document is real, it sure gives us hope for the Mach 1 to return to the Mustang lineup. Everyone at Steeda is very excited about the potential return of one of the most iconic nameplates in Mustang history!
2021 Mustang Mach 1 Spotted In The Wild (1/25/2020)
Thanks to our friends over at Mustang6G, we are able to catch a glimpse of what this 2021 Mach 1 could look like! Well, don’t get confused - this is a prototype vehicle, so we’re not 100% sure of what the final product will look like, but one thing is for sure - it’s going to be a significant step up over a regular GT!
From the front, it doesn’t look like there are many changes. Personally, we think the black areas on the front bumper cover are intended to throw the eye off. Needless to say, between that and the camouflage vinyl Ford puts on these prototype vehicles, it certainly does a good job of throwing off depth perception. That’s what makes these spy shots fun, though!
Perhaps one of the biggest things that jumps out at us is the use of Performance Package - Level 2 wheels. If they’re truly the PP2 wheels, they’re 19” x 10.5” up front and 19” x 11” in the rear. It’s also quite interesting to see what appear to be Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires out in sub-45 degree temperatures! Behind those beautiful Ford OE wheels, you’ll see the red Brembo brakes also used on the Bullitt Mustang for the past two model years.
The rear is likely the most interesting part of these spy photos. That’s because it seemingly has a complete 2020 Shelby GT500 rear. That goes for the spoiler - or “swing” as Ford coins it - the lower valance and exhaust. Don’t get us wrong, it’s an amazing look and we love it! We’re just surprised that Ford is using GT500 parts this soon on a lower trim level for the Mustang. We won’t complain though, because those 5-inch exhaust tips look killer!
Now, we’ll have to assume that this variant of the 2021 Mustang will likely fall in between the GT and GT350 in the lineup, much like the Bullitt is currently. Our curiosity lies on what will be different from a performance standpoint. Will Ford do a similar 480 horsepower setup they did in the Bullitt utilizing the GT350 intake manifold, throttle body and a different calibration? Or could we finally see 500 horsepower out of a standard Mustang GT? Only time will tell! Be sure to turn to Steeda for the latest updates on the 2021 Mustang Mach 1!
Image Credit: Mustang6G | KGP Photography