Ford’s new heritage-inspired, range-topping Pony Car will be available with both manual and auto transmissions when it arrives in the second quarter of 2021.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will be priced at $83,365 before on-road costs, regardless of whether you select the 10-speed automatic transmission or the Tremec six-speed manual.
It doesn’t quite travel at the speed of sound but the Mach 1 packs an uprated naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 345kW of power and 556Nm of torque, identical to last year’s manual-only Bullitt.
That’s slightly down on the US-market Mach 1, which outputs 358kW of power and 570Nm of torque. It’s nevertheless an improvement on the GT’s 339kW and 556Nm.
This isn’t a simple Bullitt redux however, with the Mach 1 scoring its rear axle cooler and lower diffuser from the fire-breathing supercharged Shelby GT500 and its intake manifold, engine oil cooler and six-speed manual with automatic rev matching from the recently discontinued Shelby GT350.
Like the Bullitt, it’s dressed up to look like another late 1960s Mustang – the Mach 1, a flagship performance variant introduced in 1969 and offered continuously until 1978.
To that effect, there are bonnet stripes and 19-inch alloy wheels reminiscent of those of the first Mach 1.
Ford will offer five exterior colourways. These include Shadow Black and Oxford White, which feature satin black and red stripes, and Velocity Blue and Twister Orange, which have satin black and white stripes.
A fifth colour, Fighter Jet Grey, comes with satin black and reflective orange stripes and is the only Mach 1 available with an appearance pack. This pack, which costs $1000, adds orange trim on the seatbacks, plus orange brake calipers.
All Mach 1s have new upper and lower front grilles finished in gloss black, and an ebony interior with engine-turned aluminium detailing and grey stitching details on the leather seats. Recaro leather sport seats are optional.
As expected of a limited edition, there are additional badges and a unique dashboard plaque with the Mach 1 logo and the car’s chassis number.
There’s a retuned suspension with recalibrated MagneRide adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars and bushes, plus retuned steering. The active exhaust has also been tuned specifically for the Mach 1.
- 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 manual: $83,365
- 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 auto: $83,365
All prices exclude on-road costs.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 345kW of power and 556Nm of torque. It’s mated to either a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 consumes 12.4L/100km on the combined cycle when equipped with the 10-speed automatic and 13.9L/100km with the six-speed manual.
It requires 98RON premium unleaded fuel.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 measures 4797mm long, 1403mm tall and 1916mm wide.
When the Ford Mustang was tested by ANCAP in 2017, it received a rating of three stars.
That rating was based on an adult occupant protection score of 72 per cent, child occupant protection of 32 per cent, pedestrian protection of 78 per cent and safety assist of 61 per cent.
All 2021 Ford Mustang models come standard with autonomous emergency braking and forward-collision warning, as well as lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, anti-lock brakes, and front, front-side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags.
The Mustang Mach 1 comes standard with:
- Heated and cooled front seats
- Leather seats
- 12-speaker B&O premium sound system
- FordPass Connect
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and satellite navigation
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Active exhaust
- LED headlights, tail lights and front fog lights
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Ambient lighting
- 12.0-inch customisable digital instrument cluster
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
- Proximity entry with push-button start
- Six-way power heated and cooled front seats
- Adaptive cruise control
- Reversing camera with rear parking sensors
- Dual-zone climate control
- Recaro sports seats: $3000
- Prestige paint: $650
- Appearance pack: $1000 (Fighter Jet Grey models only)
In addition to a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, Ford offers capped-price servicing for the first four years or 60,000km. Each service costs $299