The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is the latest high-performance pony car to come out of Dearborn, and promises to be the ultimate 5.0L V8-powered machine. Drawing cues from both the Bullitt and Shelby GT350 models that it replaces, the Mach 1 is intended to be more than an exercise in special badging. We’ve come to know quite a bit about this muscle car since it made its debut, but some pricing information remained under lock and key. Now though, Ford has confirmed the official MSRP for the Mach 1’s upgraded handling package.
According to Ford, the handling package for the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will carry an MSRP of $3,500 for both manual and automatic transmission-equipped models. This package brings quite a bit of upgraded hardware for that price, including unique 19-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable top strut mounts, and special chassis tuning. The package also brings the rear spoiler with a Gurney flap from the range-topping GT500, as well as a unique front splitter. The aerodynamic treatments combine to deliver 150 percent more downforce than a PP1-equipped Mustang GT.
Even without the upgraded Handling Package, the Mustang Mach 1 is a rather enticing offering in the lineup. It features a 480 horsepower variant of the famed 5.0L V8, now fit with an intake manifold, oil-filter adapter, and engine oil cooler from the Shelby GT350’s Voodoo V8. Combine the performance with the retro-inspired graphics package, and the Mach 1 seems like a proper homage to the original. That said, it is pretty clear that this car only exists so that Ford can sell high-performance Mustangs across the globe. Neither the GT500 nor the GT350 can be imported to Europe, where there is a growing appetite for the Mustang. This car’s 5.0L V8 is emissions compliant with the EU however, and as such it will be sold abroad.
At $3,500, the Handling Package for the Mustang Mach 1 is a relative bargain. Add that to the $52,915 base price of the Mach 1, and you still aren’t spending a crazy amount of money for a limited-run muscle car. That said, it’s hard to believe that this thing will be nearly as special as the Shelby that it replaces. Ordering for the Mach 1 Handling Package models will open on January 4th, with deliveries expected to take place this spring.