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The Mach 1 Sees Subtle Design Updates From The Summer

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 S550 Production

Last summer, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 was revealed, and nobody seemed to complain about the way it looked. And yet, the Mustang design team found ways to improve the exterior looks of the fastest Coyote-powered production Mustang the world has ever seen. Today, Ford revealed a few key details – and we mean details – of the subtle design changes the S550 Mustang Mach 1 underwent just as customers begin to receive their long-awaited muscle car.

“With any program, you want everything to be perfect, but when you’re bringing back a classic like Mach 1, it is imperative,” according to Anthony Colard, Mach 1 senior advanced designer. “This team just kept pushing and pushing for perfection.”

S550 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Here are a few finishing touches:

Badging: the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 nameplate was updated with a silver border that pops out against darker colors.

Lower Grille: the lower grille darkens from Magnetic Gray to low gloss black for a more sinister look, which contrasts better with brighter colors, as well.

Fender Striping: the S550 Ford Mustang Mach 1 sees a slight touch-up on the overall front shape for the front edge of the fender stripe. Ford says it was tweaked to improve quality and production processing.

S550 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Badge

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 returns after a 17-year absence to signal a new pinnacle of 5.0 liter V8 pony car performance. Hopefully this isn’t code for “the finale of 5.0L Coyote V8 performance.” Although, judging by very stern yet perhaps misguided government policies, it very well could be.

The very first production S550 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is heading to charity auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale alongside a 2021 Ford Bronco SUV. The collectable pony will be painted in a Mach 1-exclusive Fighter Jet Gray, and will also feature the optional Handling Package. The Mach 1 is a means to bridge the gap between the now discontinued Mustang Bullitt and Shelby GT350, giving customers retro styling with serious track performance.

The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 price starts at $51,720, plus $1,195 destination and delivery charge. This effectively splits the difference between the outgoing Mustang Bullitt that stickered at $46,705 and the beloved Mustang Shelby GT350, which carried an MSRP of $59,140.

As MC&T first confirmed, the S550 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will be sold in global Mustang markets where the Shelby GT350 and GT500 were/are not permitted, such as the European Union. Nevertheless, production volume remains a closely guarded secret, as Mustang Marketing Manager Jim Owens told us that the new muscle car “won’t be built to demand”. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 price is unknown for other markets at the time of this writing.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fighter Jet Gray
Image via Ford.

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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