Ford Mustang Mach 1 returns with GT350-lite performance and styling

Ford has brought back the Mach 1 to the Mustang range after 17 years to sit below GT350

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Ford has revealed the new Mustang Mach 1, a new performance version of America’s bestselling pony car to fill the gap between the GT and Shelby GT350. The Mach 1 combines a powertrain derived from that of the GT with a range of chassis and cooling updates from the Shelby models, plus some bespoke styling elements.

As mentioned above, the Mach 1 is powered by the same 5-litre ‘Coyote’ V8 engine as the GT, but features a range of ancillary updates which raise power from the standard GT’s 444bhp to 480bhp at a lofty 7000rpm; torque is also up 27lb ft to 420lb ft at 4500rpm. This extra performance has been liberated thanks to a re-booted ECU in conjunction with the intake manifold, engine oil cooler and upgraded cooling lines from the Shelby GT350.

Both six-speed manual and ten-speed automatic transmissions are available, the former with a shorter throw, transmission oil cooler and auto-blip function. The auto has also been updated with a bespoke calibration. The Mustang’s electric power steering system has also been retuned, so too the standard-fit MagneRide adaptive dampers. Ford’s also applied stiffer rear-axle bushings from the GT500, plus stiffer anti-roll bars on both axles.

The Mach 1 also picks up some bespoke styling elements, with a new front and rear bumper, new retro-inspired 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber, and bespoke graphic packs. An optional handling package incorporates a larger front splitter, rear wing, GT500-aping rear wheelarch Gurney flaps and a fresh wheel design. The faux grille-mounted spotlights are somewhat less authentic.

The interior also picks up some bespoke design elements, including a new trim accent on the dash, and the accessory dials found on the GT350 and GT500. The Mach 1 will reach American showrooms in spring 2021, but is unlikely to be added to international markets.

This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk

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