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.”
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.