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With a spot to fill in its Mustang lineup after the phaseout of the Mustang Shelby GT350, Ford opened the history books to develop the new 2021 Mustang Mach 1.
Ford hasn't produced a Mach 1 vehicle for 17 years, but to span the divide between the Mustang GT and the Mustang Shelby GT500, Ford combined the best features of the Mustang series into the Mach 1. This combination, along with a few new twists, has produced a Mustang that is as comfortable on the streets as it is on the track.
What's unique about the Mustang Mach 1?
The basic Mach 1 includes standard features similar to the GT, but has upgraded to the Tremec 3160 six-speed transmission from the GT350, making it a much smoother shifter than the "clunky" Getrag unit in the GT, Cars.com notes.
The Mach 1 offers an optional 10-speed automatic transmission, too, which supplies ample speed and dexterity to drivers to compete on the track as well as ride comfortably around town. The 10-speed uses AI to adapt to your driving style to automate downshifting as it learns how you like to handle the curves.
The 5.0 liter V-8 boosts the output to 480 horsepower, rather than the 460 featured in the GT, by using the GT350 intake manifold and adding some tweaks to the engine's computer.
You can also place the Mach 1’s exhaust in "quiet mode" for driving through your neighborhood, but let it howl again once you're on the track or the open road.
Retaining the look of a Mustang Mach 1
The Fighter Jet Gray paint, low-gloss stripes on the hood and sides, retro Mach 1 logo on the fenders, and 3D-mesh shark-nose grill provide the nod to the classic Mach 1 that fans crave, according to Car and Driver. But its aerodynamics and modern style also make it a car set to drive into the future.
The optional Mach 1 Elite appearance package adds a splash of orange to the brake calipers, hood and side stripes, and seats. Optional magnetic gray split-five-spoke wheels attracted a surprising amount of attention during the Cars.com test drive as people stopped on streets and at gas stations to ask about the special new Mustang.
More than just a single model
Ford offers enough add-ons and packages with the Mustang Mach 1 that it almost should be considered a series of Mach 1s, rather than a single model. The basic Mach 1 starts at around $54,595 (including destination charge).
In addition to the Mach 1 elite package ($1,295) mentioned above, the Mach 1 handling package ($3,500) is a must-have for any track enthusiast. You can also add a navigation package for $595.
If it's comfort you seek, the Recaro leather seats can be added to the package for another $1,595. You can even opt to exclude any back seats for an extra $250.
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