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The New Muscle Car Will Be A ‘Limited Edition’ But Ford Won’t Tell Us What That Means

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-1
Photo via Ford.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-1 promises to be the most track-capable 5.0L V8-powered iteration the world has ever seen. Utilizing several parts from both the Shelby GT350 and GT500, plus the 480 hp Coyote V8 from the Bullitt, it provides a unique parts-bin combination of performance, while offering unique content all its own. For example, it’s the first performance Mustang with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It also features unique wheels, color combinations, and placeholders for rally lights (but no shaker hood). Ford also touts that the new Mach-1 will be a limited edition muscle car. However, they won’t fully disclose just how limited at this time.

“On limited editions we don’t announce the actual numbers that we’re going with,” Ford Mustang Marketing Manager Jim Owens told MC&T. “We do say it’s ‘limited’, it will be a good seller, but it’s still going to be a limited edition… it’s going to have a unique chassis badge and that’s kind of how we do it. We don’t really announce the numbers up front.”

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-1
Photo via Ford.

We can only speculate that the Mach-1 could simply be built to order, and therefore a production cap would be more fluid. That said, Ford Performance still has much to tell about the 2021 Mustang lineup, and ultimately confirm more significant topics. This includes the rumored demise of both the retrolicious Bullitt and flat-plane V8-powered Shelby GT350 variants. Owens tells us that Ford will announce further details closer to the end of the year.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-1 will hit dealerships in Spring of 2021 in the United States and Canada, while international markets will soon follow. It’s expected to replace both the Bullitt and the GT350 in the Mustang family, but Ford refused to comment on the rest of the muscle car’s lineup for now. An all-new S650 Mustang is expected around 2022.

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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