The new Mustang Mach 1 will almost match the GT350
As Ford themselves said, it's the "Return of the Mach!"
Make room Mustangs, the Mach 1 is back to take the spotlight!
The Mach 1 name originated in 1969 as a performance package for the Mustang. The last iteration of the Mach 1 was for the 2003-2004 model years of the New Edge Mustang.
Ford is confident that this new candidate will be able to take the place of the outgoing GT350, GT350R, Bullitt and the Mustang Performance Pack Level 2 (PPL2). It will sport a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 pushing out 480 hp and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm). Where Ford really thinks the Mach 1 will exceed, is in its handling. It's so good, that Jim Owens said it will be able to compete with the GT350 around short circuits.
Owens also said that the Mach 1 is a whole step above the PPL2, which is why they're discontinuing that trim level. To make up for that, the Mach 1 will have all the fancy features of the PPL2 in addition to MagneRide and Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
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Powering the Mach 1 is either the six-speed Tremec 3160 manual transmission from the GT350 or a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with an upgraded torque converter and custom Mach 1 calibration. Helping the transmission along with be a GT350 oil cooler system and the twin-disc clutch plus short-throw shifter from the GT.
And of course there are visual changes too. A custom grille with faux circular lamp elements, a splitter, rear spoiler and new air intakes for that aerodynamic look and feel. The Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are hugging 19-inch five-spoke aluminium wheels in a "Tarnished Dark" paint color.
Inside are accent stripes to remind you that you're driving a car with heritage, leather interior, a white cue ball shift knob, and engraved badging with the car's chassis number.
Prices for the new Mach 1 in the US will start at $52,915 including destination and delivery fees. What do you guys think? Is this a worthy successor to the GT350? Will you buy one? Let us know in the comments below!