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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Preview: Expected Price, Release Date, Performance, Features, And Rivals

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Swapnil Kulshrestha

Automotive Journalist

October 19, 2020 at 04:52 PM

One of Ford's most revered nameplates is making a comeback after 17 long years. The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will be the new summit of Ford’s muscle lineup, featuring the 5.0L V8 from the Bullitt along with Ford Performance parts from the Shelby GT350 and GT500. The manufacturer will begin taking orders in October and has suggested a price of $52,915 including destination charges. The deliveries, however, will begin in Spring 2021.

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Ford is bringing the Mustang Mach 1 back for the year 2021, and we’ve never been this excited before. The Mach 1 had its own unique charm back in the ’70s and is now coming up with a package of all the best bits from the likes of Ford Mustang Bullitt, Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.


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Ford has begun taking orders for this most iconic Mustang Coupe, making a comeback after a long 17-year time out. Although deliveries will start by spring 2021. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 has been priced at $52,915, which includes destination charges. So that makes it well over $5,000 more expensive than the Mustang Bullitt.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Model Specs

Price Range (Manual) $52,915

Release Date

Spring 2021

Engine

5.0L, Naturally Aspirated, V8

Transmission

6-speed Manual/10-speed SelectShift Automatic

Drivetrain

RWD

Trims

Mustang Mach 1

Colors

  • 7 standard colors: Iconic Silver/Shadow Black/Oxford White/Velocity Blue/Twister Orange/Race Red/Grabber Yellow
  • 1 optional color Appearance Package: Fighter Jet Gray 

Changes

All-new model

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What are the Prices and Features of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1?

In the current Ford Mustang lineup, the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will be placed above the Bullitt and below the Shelby GT500. So in a way, the Mustang Mach 1 will be replacing the Shelby GT350 which will no longer be a production model henceforth. Overall, this swap really comes in as a more lucrative update.

Model

Mach 1

MSRP (Manual)

$52,915

Key Features

Tarnished Dark-painted Aluminum Wheels

 

Dark Spindrift Instrument Panel w/Aluminum Accents

 

White Gear Shift Knob

 

Low Gloss Magnetic Pony Badge

While the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 remains more expensive than the Mustang Bullit, it will be over $7,000 less expensive than the Shelby GT350. And not only will it be powered by the 480 hp, but the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will also feature Ford Performance parts from both the Shelby models.

What’s the Engine under the hood of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1?

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is now the ultimate threshold of muscle you can get in a Ford. It gets the same tried and tested 5.0L Coyote V8 engine that pumps out 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of peak torque as in the Mustang Bullitt. And while a 6-speed manual transmission is standard, a 10-speed SelctShift automatic unit will be offered optionally.

But wait, there's more! Ford has devised a way to make the Mach 1 a perfect cross between its Bullitt and Shelby models. While the Mach 1 borrows the same engine and white cue-ball shift knob from the Bullitt, it also borrows a long list of equipment from the Shelby GT350 and the Shelby GT500.

Models

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

2020 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

2020 BMW M2 Competition

MSRP

$52,915

$39,995

$34,995

$58,900

Engine

5.0L, Naturally Aspirated, V8

6.4L, Supercharged HEMI, V8

6.2L, Naturally Aspirated, V8

3.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-6 

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6- Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-speed manual 

Power

480 hp @ 7,000 rpm

485 hp @ 6,100 rpm

455 hp @ 6,000 rpm

405 hp @ 5,230 rpm

Torque 

420 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm

475 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

455 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

406 lb-ft @ 2,350 rpm

The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 gets its intake manifold, oil-filter adapter, and engine oil cooler from the GT350. The Mach 1’s front and rear subframe are also the same as the “Serpent” but with stiffer bushings. Speaking of the GT500, the Mach 1 scores a good deal here as well, sharing its rear axle cooling system, rear toe link, and rear diffuser with the ultimate Shelby. 

How quickly will the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Accelerate from 0-60 MPH?

In order to make the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 live up to its performance heritage, Ford has gone ahead and given this coupe a multitude of enhancements. The newly designed front-end, recalibrated intake manifold, and the Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching mated to Mustang GT's dual-disc clutch and short-throw shifter have all been put together to make the 2021 Mach 1 the most track-focused machine.

Models

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (Expected)

2020 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

2020 BMW M2 Competition

0-60 MPH

4.2 sec 4.2 sec 4.0 sec 4.0 sec

Quarter Mile

12.2 sec 11.7 sec 12.1 sec 12.5 sec

Top Speed

163 MPH 187 MPH 155 MPH 156 MPH

The engineers have further gone ahead and improved the aero on the car to match its high demands. It gets a new two-piece upper grille, lower grille, valance, and side grilles not only for improved cooling but also for more aggressive aerodynamics. As a result, the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 offers 22 percent more downforce than the Mustang GT. This is improved by almost 150 percent with the Handling Package. 


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What are the MPG figures of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1?

There has been no official word by the company about how fuel-efficient the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will be. However, since it offers the same powertrain as the Mustang Bullitt and exactly the same power figures as well, we expect it to offer similar MPG figures as the Mustang Bullitt.

Following these lines, we can anticipate that the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will be good for 15 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. Summing up these figures, we get a combined MPG of 17. However, all these figures are mere speculations, considering the fact that the Mach 1 gets similar under the hood specs as the Bullitt

Models

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (Expected)

2020 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

2020 BMW M2 Competition

MPG (City)

15

14

16

18

MPG (Highway)

22

23

26

25

MPG (Combined)

17

17

21

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

N/A

18.5

19.0

13.7 

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

N/A

259/426/314

304/456/399

247/343/274 

But looking at how it will be the summit of V8 performance, borrowing several components from the Shelby models, there could be a variation in the fuel economy numbers put forth by the 2021 Mustang Mach 1. If it retains the same, or even slightly better, fuel-efficiency as the Bullitt, it will be one of the most efficient performance coupes in this lot.

What are the updates in the Interior of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1?

The Mustang Mach 1’s cabin looks pretty much the same as all the other Mustangs currently available in the market. It is clean and contemporary while being extremely functional. The 2021 Mustang Mach 1’s dimensions are expected to be the same as that of the Mustang Bullitt inside-out. This implies that just like the Bullitt Coupe's cabin, Mach 1’s cabin too will also supposedly be extremely driver-centric.

What’s new in the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is that the cabin will feature a unique dark 12.3-inch instrument panel with aluminum inserts. Ebony seats will be offered as standard with an accent stripe, paying homage to the original Mach 1. It will also get several interior upgrades such as new door sill plates, an updated splash screen, a white cue ball shift knob, and the vehicle’s chassis number badge stamped on the dash.

Models

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (Expected)

2020 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

2020 BMW M2 Competition

Seating Capacity

4

5

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.6/56.3/45.1

39.3/58.5/42.0

38.5/55.0/43.9

40.1/54.4/41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.8/52.2/29.0

37.1/53.9/33.1

33.5/50.3/29.9

36.5/53.4/33.0

Mustangs have never been idolized for their spacious cabins, and the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 isn't going to be much different either. This means the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack and the BMW M2 Competition remain the most spacious contenders in the segment. Even the Mustang's arch-rival, the Camaro LT1, inches ahead of it when it comes to space in the second row.

How attractive will the Exterior design of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 be?

The 2021 Mach 1 may look like any other Mustang at a glance, but there is a lot more going on here than what meets the eye. The new Mach 1 is truly a performance-oriented approach to the classic Mustang design. It boasts a number of performance-enhancing elements such as larger intakes, air holes on the front grille, 19-inch five-spoke Tarnished Dark aluminum wheels that come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber. 

The 2021 Mustang Mach 1’s dimensions are expected to be the same as the ongoing Mustang Bullitt. The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will also offer various performance and exterior enhancing packages. For instance, Ford will offer an appearance package that comes in Fighter Jet Gray and has a number of orange accents.

Models

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (Expected)

2020 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1

2020 BMW M2 Competition

Curb Weight (lbs)

N/A

4,234

3,619

3,600 

Length (in)

188.3

197.9

188.3

176.2

Width (in)

75.4

75.7

74.7

73.0

Height (in)

54.4

57.7

53.1

55.5

Ground Clearance (in)

N/A

5.2

3.5

4.6

Wheelbase (in)

107.1

116.2

110.7

106.0

Moreover, there is also a Handling Package on cards that will lend the Mach1 several track-ready upgrades such as 11-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable front strut top mounts, greater-downforce front splitter, and a swing rear spoiler with Gurney flap.

Will the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 get any Safety updates?

There have been no subtleties by the organization upon the safety aspect of the 2021 Mustang Mach 1. However, since the Mach 1 is supposed to be the highest-octane offering of the Mustang lineup, we anticipate that it will get a number of enhanced safety features, along with better structural rigidity. Some of the prominent safety features that are sure to be found on the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 include:

  • 3-point safety belt restraint system for all seating positions
  • Glove-Box-Door-Integrated Knee Airbag 
  • AdvanceTrac with Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Belt-Minder front safety belt reminder
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • LATCH Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children
  • Personal Safety System for driver and front passenger

Will the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 be worth Buying?

The year 2021 marks the return of an absolute legend of American history. The original Mach 1 that had its run from 1969-70, was nothing less than a wet dream for the aficionados back then, and the aficionados of the current-age.

While it’s difficult and expensive to get an original Mach 1 now, Blue-Oval has answered the prayers of its patrons and has arranged for the legend’s rebirth. The Mustang Mach 1 is the best performing Mustang-based pony car you can get without a Serpent badge.


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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 FAQs

Will there be a Manual Mustang Mach 1?

Oh sweet lord yes! The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will be available with a 6-speed stick shifter and an optional 10-speed automatic transmission as well.

Mustang Bullitt Coupe vs Mustang Mach 1: What's different?

There's no difference between the two on the mechanical front as both are powered by a 5.0L, Coyote V8 motor that produces the same 480 HP of power. However, the Mustang Mach 1, other than commemorating its forefather, will be a more track-focussed variant with aerodynamic kits and a better suspension setup as opposed to the Bullitt.

What's the warranty plan on offer with the 2021 Mustang Mach 1?

The all-new Mach 1 will also be covered under the same package as the 2020 Mustang lineup. This means that the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will be covered under the standard 3-yr/36,000-mile basic warranty and 5-yr/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

What's the difference between the Mustang Mach 1 and the Shelby GT350?

The GT350, though powered by the same engine features a cross-plane crank, that bumps up the power figures to 526 HP as opposed to the Mustang Mach 1's 480 HP. However, one big similarity between the two is the 6-speed manual transmission which is found in both of them. The Mach 1 will be a bit more inclined towards track business whereas the GT350 remains a drag stripper.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Front View
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Front View
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Front View
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Front View
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Front View
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Front View
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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