At the moment, we’re a twinge jealous. But it’s not like over eight times as many Ford Mustangs were sold in the US compared to Europe in 2020 or anything (oh wait, we do). However, our envious feelings about not being first in line aren’t completely invalid, but we’ve been patiently waiting our turn. Entitled as we may feel, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 being sold worldwide is a great thing, especially for the European market, which always gets the short end of the stick. For the European market, the Mach 1 represents the most track capable Mustang ever officially sold on the continent by Ford, as the coveted S550 Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT500 were off limits due to their emissions levels. Even so, gray market dealers have managed to offer them for sale.
Where Does The Mach 1 Fit In?
It’s been official since last year that the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will fill that weird space in the Mustang lineup between the Coyote-powered Mustang GT and the 760 horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500, replacing both the Shelby GT350 and Bullitt in the pecking order. But as for Europe, the highest performing Mustang that customers could purchase up from a Ford dealer was the 480 hp Mustang Bullitt.
Even so, Euro-spec Ford Mustang models all see power reductions. The Mustang EcoBoost (before it was discontinued over there) delivered 286 hp compared to 310 hp in America, the Mustang GT comes with 444 hp compared to 460, and the Mach 1 will see only 453 hp compared to 480. Chevrolet is doing a similar thing with the C8 Corvette in terms of power reduction.
S550 Mustang Mach 1: A Whole Lot Of Firsts
The 5.0L Coyote V8 under the hood of the Mustang Mach 1 is newly accompanied by a high-performance Open Air Induction System, an auxiliary engine oil-cooler, and a new engine oil filter adapter that keeps the engine extremely cool, being meant for the track and all. The Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox, offered alongside Ford’s 10-speed automatic, is also a first for European customers.
A manual gearbox has never been an available option for the S550 Ford Mustang in Europe until the new Mach 1 came along.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 sees a starting price of over £55,000 in the UK ($75,971 USD at the time of this writing), €60,800 in Germany (the equivalent of $72,226 USD at the time of this writing), and €62,400 in France ($74,127 USD). All of that pales in comparison to what this muscle car costs in, say, Argentina for example, which tips the scales at an eye-watering $106,200 USD.
By comparison, the S550 Mustang Mach 1 starts at $53,400 USD here in America.