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2021 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 HANDLING PACKAGE GETS 10-SPEED AUTO OPTION

The Pack Is Standard With A Six-Speed Manual Transmission

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Handling Package Nürburgring
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Since the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 was announced over the summer, a strong number of customers took umbrage that that they wouldn’t be able to option the optional Mach 1 Handling Package with the Mustang’s 10-speed automatic transmission. Meant for those who prefer the clutch pedal, the Mach 1 Handling Package is a $3,500 option that adds 305/30R19 section Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires up front, and 315/30R19 sections in the rear (in case you were wondering what they might do with the tires from the discontinued Mustang PP2). The Handling Pack also adds adjustable strut top mounts, wider 19-inch x 10.5-inch front, and 19-inch x 11-inch rear aluminum wheels, a performance rear spoiler with a gurney flap, a larger front splitter, and unique chassis tuning.

The 10-speed automatic will be a $1,595 option on top of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Handling Package, totaling $5,095. Or you can save some money, increase the resale value, and just learn how to drive a stick.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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The Mustang Shelby GT350 and Mustang Bullitt, and the Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 are all replaced the the mighty Mach 1. That being the case, it makes sense that the Mustang Mach 1 is a big mix of performance parts from Shelby and Bullitt Mustang models. For instance, the Michelins, rear wing, and gurney flap are all from the Mustang Shelby GT500. The six-speed manual shifter is from the Shelby GT350. The 480 horsepower Coyote V8 is that of the Bullitt. But at a starting MSRP of over $51,000, the Mustang Mach 1 is a significant step up from the outgoing Bullitt and PP2 in terms of price, as it’s the most expensive Coyote-powered Mustang Ford has so far announced from the factory.

We await to see what this new Ford muscle car will be able to accomplish at the track. Ordering for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 opens in the springtime for US customers. The Mach 1 has also been confirmed for global markets, where the European version loses a little bit of bite due to regulation.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Handling Package

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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