The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is coming this year as the most track focused, driver centric Coyote V8 Mustang ever made. It has big shoes to fill too, as it’s taking the place of the much loved Bullitt and Shelby GT350 models, which were phased out at the end of the 2020 model year. With a 480 hp, 420 lbs ft of torque 5.0 liter V8 under the hood and numerous handling upgrades, it’s going to be a great all around performer in a straight line and through the corners. But that’s only 20 hp more than a standard GT and the same power the Bullitt made, despite having a greater focus on performance driving. We wouldn’t blame anyone for wishing the Ford Mustang Mach 1 had more power, and with an announcement from HP Tuners, they’ll be able to get it.
With ECUs being so hard to crack on many modern vehicles, HP Tuners has become one of the most important players in the tuning industry. For the Ford Mustang Mach 1, you’ll need their MVIP2 tuning interface, which allows owners to write and edit code in the PCM using tuning credits. For the Mach 1, they are requiring the purchase of four credits to gain access, costing $49 each. The tuning software is available using their latest VCM Beta Suite software, which is version 4.9.
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At the baseline, owners can tweak power and torque curves to suit their preferences, but this tool will really come into play is when power adders become involved. Because the Ford Coyote V8 is naturally aspirated, it’s fair to assume some people will want to supercharge their Mustang Mach 1 to get serious power gains (*looks at Roush supercharger kit*). With HP Tuners, they can.
All together, the HP Tuners Ford Mustang Mach 1 tuning kit should come in at $500, including the MVIP2 and credits. HP tuners say they have exclusive support for the Mach 1, so if you’re planning to buy and modify one of these retro, track focused Mustangs, this is a must have.