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A Legend Returns: The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 Is a Track Day Hero

While nearly of all 2020’s big auto shows and trade events so far have either been canceled or pushed back, with things getting going again there’s been a rush of new vehicle debuts from manufacturers in recent days.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 White & Blue

One of them is a car we’ve known is coming for some time, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1. This time around Ford has revived the Mach 1 as the “ultimate” 5.0 Mustang that will occupy the space between the standard GT and the higher end Shelby models.

2021 Mustang Mach 1 Heritage Lineup

The first thing you notice about the 2021 is it’s styling. Up front the car gets a unique new bumper that delivers new aesthetics along with improved cooling and aerodynamics. The result is something that looks more aggressive than the GT yet not as "in-your-face" as the Shelby GT500’s snout.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Front View

Elsewhere the exterior of the Mach 1 gets unique branding with low-gloss black striping and emblems. It also features a pair of new wheel 19” wheel designs.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Blue Side View

Track performance is a big part of the ‘21 Mach 1’s persona and it includes things like MagneRide suspension, a new underbelly pan and a number of cooling and chassis upgrades borrowed from the Shelby GT500.

2021 Mustang Mach 1 Blue Rear View

Under the hood sits the familiar 5.0 Coyote V8. In Mach 1 guise it makes 480 horsepower and 420 pound feet of torque and has been fitted with beefier cooling components from the Shelby GT350.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Side View White

Transmission choices are either a Tremec 3160 six-speed manual with a new rev-matching feature or Ford’s capable 10-speed automatic with a calibration that’s unique to the Mach 1. Naturally, the interior gets some unique Mach 1 trimmings as well.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Interior

While the 2021 Mach 1 may not have any groundbreaking equipment, it might just be the sweet spot of the Mustang lineup with just about everything that a weekend racer could ask for.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Heritage Lineup

Pricing has yet to be announced but Ford says the Mach 1 will arrive at dealerships in the spring of next year.

Speaking of Mustangs new and old, make sure you check out our latest Driver Battle video which features a classic Mach 1 facing off against a 2016 GT.

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