As the S550 generation Ford Mustang ages gracefully, the lineup is going through some significant changes from 2020 to 2021. And the biggest change is a rather sad one, as the S550 Ford Mustang Bullitt and Shelby GT350 are both leaving the lineup. These have been some of our favorite Mustang models here at MC&T, and we recently spoke to Ford Mustang Spokesman Berj Alexanian about where these Mustangs stand.
“We finished all 20MY Mustang production last year, including GT350 and Bullitt,” said Alexanian. This means, if you’re looking to get your hands on a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, GT350R or Bullitt, you’re going to have to find one hanging around a dealer lot, or turn to the used market, because you certainly can’t order one anymore.
A quick AutoTrader search shows there are 154 Bullitt and GT350 Mustangs out there, so if you want one of these special 2020 models, you should be able to get your hands on one. If you want a Ford Mustang Bullitt, however, act fast. There are only 22 listed on AutoTrader at the time of writing.
Now that the final Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and Bullitt have been built, one may expect some sort of sendoff, especially for the Shelby. After all, the 5.2 liter Voodoo V8 that lies under the hood is an engine that had no predecessor, and we will likely never see again. It’s not every day an American muscle car is powered by a high-revving, naturally aspirated flat plane crank V8, let alone hooked up to a six speed manual. It sounds fantastic, and like nothing else on the roads today. Alexanian said the Shelby GT350 Heritage Edition was indeed the final sendoff for the GT350 series of this generation of Mustang, and we can’t argue with that.
Although, it could have been nice to see Ford auction off either the final Mustang Bullitt or Shelby GT350. Recently, we’ve seen many enthusiast vehicles cross the auction block that are either the first or last of their kind, and all of them have been to raise money for charity. Alexanian said these final 2020 Mustang examples have already gone to “happy customers,” eliminating this possibility.
While it’s a bummer these two Mustang models are going away, the simplified lineup is making room for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1. It is the most track focused Coyote V8 Mustang ever, and should offer handling performance and driving dynamics similar to the GT350 while giving customers a retro option in place of the Bullitt. The Ford Mustang Mach 1 also splits the difference in pricing. There’s even an optional Handling Package akin to the Shelby GT350R.
We’re sad to see the Ford Mustang Bullitt and Shelby GT350 and GT350R go away, but we look forward to what the Mach 1 brings to the table as the iconic pony car edges towards an all-electric future.