Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn this spring will reintroduce the Mustang Mach 1, an iconic fastback coupe that debuted during the first golden era of muscle cars in the late-1960s. The new version offers a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine. Overall the Ford Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports car.
The all-new 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is set to return as the most track-ready 5.0-liter. The price is expected to be around $50,000. Features will include a rear spoiler, Brembo brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
The Mustang Mach 1 debuted for the 1969 model year and offered additional performance and improved dynamics with its GT handling suspension. In the years that followed, Mach 1 saw improved performance versus Mustang GT and was more attainable than Shelby and Boss variants.
“Mach 1 has always been that bridge between base Mustangs and the Shelby models,” says Ted Ryan, heritage brand manager of Ford Archives. “From a style and handling perspective, the original Mach 1 managed to stand out as unique, even in the Mustang lineup – and as the name implies, it could really move.”
Two years after its debut, Mach 1 with its competition suspension hit the streets in 1971 longer and larger than the original, with an assortment of powerful engine options. In 1974, Mach 1 again saw major changes, reimagined for the first time as a hatchback. This Mach 1 generation enjoyed a five-year run and beefed up its handling capabilities more with an optional Rallye Suspension Package.
Mach 1 returned for 2003 and 2004 model years, blending modern power with the nostalgia of 1970s-era Mach 1 design elements. Its unique Mach 1 handling suspension with larger Brembo front-disc brakes improved on-road performance, while its matte black spoiler and hood stripe helped the coupe standout.
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