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2022 FORD MUSTANG GT AND MACH 1 DROP BY 10 HORSEPOWER

Dealers Have Been Tipped On Power Adjustments On Coyote Mustangs Due To Emissions

2022 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Ice White Edition
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The iconic Ford Mustang only accounted for only 61,090 sales in 2020, the lowest in decades. A fraction of those muscle cars featured a 5.0L Coyote V8 engine. And the EPA has deemed this small number hazardous enough to force Ford Motor Company to adjust its power ratings on both the Mustang GT and Mustang Mach 1 for the 2022 model year. According to a dealer memo sent to franchises nationwide, the 2022 Ford Mustang GT is adjusted to 450 horsepower, while the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is downgraded to 470 horsepower. Both are drops of 10 hp, each.

2022 Ford Mustang GT Stealth Edition
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2022 Ford Mustang GT: Other Changes

According to the 2022 Ford Mustang order guide, the popular GT trim level, which serves as the entry point for the 5.0L Coyote V8 engine in the hierarchy, sees only the most esoteric and minuscule of updates otherwise. There’s now an Active Anti-Theft System, which adds an electronically locking center console, as well as a wheel locking kit.

The available GT Performance Package is regulated to “retail order only” due to “labeling and emissions constraints,” per the dealer memo. From there, look for the recently announced Ice White Appearance Package, Stealth Package, and California Special Edition (GT/CS). All three are designated to be “retail order only” packages. The GT/CS is otherwise designated as the Coastal Limited Edition for the 2022 Mustang EcoBoost.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Handling Package
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2022 Mach 1 Changes

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach 1 sees “late availability” for its Handling Package, and also adds the Active Anti-Theft System. The Ice White, Stealth and California Special packages cannot be ordered with the Mach 1.

New 2022 Ford Mustang Colors

The color palette of the 2022 Mustang lineup sees a big change in hues, with seven new ones mentioned in the order guide:

Atlas Blue Metallic
— Brittany Blue Metallic; listed as “Late Availability”
Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat
— Dark Matter Gray Metallic
Eruption Green Metallic; listed as “Late Availability”
Grabber Blue Metallic
— Mischievous Purple Metallic; listed as “Late Availability”

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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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