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2021 FORD MUSTANG MACH-1 CONFIRMED: GET READY FOR A TRACK STAR

It Is Expected To Replace The Bullitt

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 S550 S650
Image via Ford.

There were public rumblings as far back as December 2019 that the Ford Mustang Mach-1 would make a comeback, according to Ford’s ratified UAW contract. Today, these rumors are confirmed. The 2021 Mustang Mach-1 is expected to take off this year, pandemic disruptions aside. And it promises to be the most track-capable Coyote V8-powered Mustang ever. In other words, more than the Mustang Bullitt, and more than the Mustang GT PP2.

Speaking of the Bullitt, we reached out to Ford to confirm its rumored retirement, as with the Mustang Shelby GT350, and we’re waiting to hear back.

The Ford Mustang Mach-1 has traditionally been that bridge between mere mortal Mustangs and the swift Shelby and Boss models, and that seems to be a legacy that continues here. It’s not a Shelby, but it will likely have some kit borrowed from the GT350, although that remains to be confirmed. Judging by the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and that rear wing in the teaser image, though, and it’s easy to assume that there’s a lot more where that came from. Although judging by the teaser photo of the front versus the rear, it would appear that wing would be optional. Just don’t expect a flat-plane crank.

Hey, remember when the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover was almost called the Mach-1? That was neat.

For now, these photos of the 2021 Mustang Mach-1 and the confirmation of a 5.0L Coyote V8 is all Ford will share at this time with regards to its new muscle car. It joins the logjam of exciting products that await official reveal otherwise. These include: the 2021 Ford Bronco, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, and 2021 Ford F-150. The S550 Ford Mustang generation is otherwise on its last few years, with a new S650 Mustang expected to hit the market by 2022, according to leaks. Based on certain expectations, along with cryptic remarks for various Ford Performance executives, the S650 Ford Mustang is likely to integrate electrification more insistently into the lineup. But that’s a story for another time. For now, enjoy this news.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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