The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is about to completely out-price the Shelby GT350
It still won't be that cheap though!
The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is coming back for the 2021 model year and, unsurprisingly, it's making a lot of muscle car fans very excited! It's a badge that hasn't been seen in the US market for around 17 years and although it isn't intended to be a direct replacement for the outgoing Shelby GT350, it definitely fills the same kind of niche as an upper mid-tier rung of the Mustang range that gives you more punch than the Mustang GT, especially on the track, but isn't as all-out insane as the Shelby GT500.
Whilst we already knew what the Mach 1 would look like, something we didn't know until very recently was how much the Mach 1 is going to cost. We do know that though, and it's going to retail from $51,720 in the US. Whilst that's still a fairly hefty price, it's still surprisingly a lot cheaper than the Shelby GT350 it's replacing! You do get a lot of high-performance goodies for that money though: It has the 480 hp 5.0-litre V8 from the Mustang Bullitt, the 6-speed Tremec manual gearbox from the outgoing GT350 that includes features such as automatic rev-matching, a redesigned front fascia and extra aero bits that mean that it produces 22 per cent more downforce than the Mustang GT Performance Pack 1. Not a bad deal, eh?
The date the pricing was announced too is also pretty significant. The 14th October 2020 was exactly 73 years to the day of Chuck Yeager's pioneering supersonic flight in the Bell X-1 rocket plane, the historic event that inspired the "Mach 1" nameplate in the first place. I guess muscle car culture is massively stooped in nostalgia as it is, but the Mach 1 is especially so; it makes absolute sense for Ford to announce this on a date that's so important to the model's history.
If you want a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1, you're probably going to want to get an allocation as quickly as possible. The order books are already open in preparation for the car's official launch next Spring and, although Ford is keeping tight-lipped on exactly how many Mach 1s are going to be built, the company has said that it'll be a limited-edition model. Couple that with the confirmation from Ford that the Mach 1 will be sold globally (including the UK market!) and I don't think I'm going to be understating things in saying that there will be more than a healthy market for this car!