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.