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.
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.