2021 Is The Timeframe

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Remember when Ford almost made the mistake of calling the upcoming 2021 Mustang Mach-E the Mach 1? Nobody seemed to like that very much. That being said, Ford did adjust on the fly, and came up with a middle ground solution that some people have embraced while others feel betrayed by the notion that their iconic pony badge is now festooned on a compliance car. Is there any good news for a Mustang fan to round out the year? As it turns out, yes. According to reports, a proper Ford Mustang Mach 1 is indeed coming back in 2021. However, it will be at the expense of the throwback Mustang Bullitt.

According to Ford’s ratified UAW contract, first uncovered by The Detroit Free Press, the automaker will allocate production for new Mustang variants for the muscle car’s current assembly plant in Flat Rock, just south of Detroit. The upcoming investment to upgrade Flat Rock for future products will cost $250 million, per the report. It’s otherwise unclear what will be powering the upcoming Ford Mustang Mach 1. It could simply be a rebadged Bullitt sold in colors other than black and green, but we really don’t know at this time.

Mustang Bullitt

Should that actually end up being the case, that would mean that the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will feature the iconic 5.0L Coyote V8 under the hood, tuned up to 480 horsepower. This is thanks to a larger 87mm throttle body, a GT350 manifold and cold air intake. The only transmission on this model is a six-speed manual. We’re sure Ford will have more in store for the Mach 1 when it eventually arrives, and we’ll be sure to clue you in when we receive further details.

And then maybe we can all let the McQueen stuff go. Because he wasn’t really that cool, anyway.

This was almost the Mustang Mach 1

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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