2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 confirmed, “most track-ready 5.0L”

May 30, 2020

Love muscle cars that are built to turn corners? Well, Ford in the US has confirmed it is working on a 2021 Mustang Mach 1. It’ll revive a nameplate that spans back to the 1960s.

The company confirmed the new model with some interesting teaser images, showing a prototype being pushed hard around a track. Ford says the new Mustang Mach 1 is being developed as a limited edition which promises to represent the pinnacle of style, handling and V8 performance for the iconic sports car.

Mustang fans will quickly recognise the Mach 1 badge as something special. It was first applied to the Mustang back in 1968-1969, featuring special tuning for the engine and a GT handling package. The Mach 1 then returned in 2003 and 2004, showcasing special handling and performance enhancements as well, and bespoke styling tweaks. Speaking about badge, Ted Ryan, heritage brand manager, Ford Archives, said:

“Mach 1 has always been that bridge between base Mustangs and the Shelby models. From a style and handling perspective, the original Mach 1 managed to stand out as unique, even in the Mustang lineup – and as the name implies, it could really move.”

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For the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 Ford says it’ll arrive as the “most track-ready 5.0-litre Mustang ever”, while also infusing unique styling to help it stand out among the rest. Dave Pericak, director of Ford Icons, said:

“Mach 1 has a special place in Mustang history, and it’s time for this special edition to claim the top spot in our 5.0-lire V8 performance lineup and reward our most hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who demand that next level of power, precision and collectability. Like the original, the all-new Mustang Mach 1 will be true to its heritage, delivering great looks and as the most track-capable 5.0-litre Mustang ever.”

Although specifications are yet to be confirmed Ford says the new model will retain a naturally aspirated 5.0 V8, likely tuned beyond 350kW. We’re also expecting hardcore suspension, big Brembo brakes, and lightweight wheels with track-suitable tyres. As previewed by the prototype shown, there’s also set to be some aero revisions including a custom front bumper bar with larger air intakes and a unique rear wing.

More details will be revealed later in the year, with a debut locked in for the northern spring (third quarter). It’s unknown at this stage if it will be made in right-hand drive, however, Ford does say the new Mach 1 “returns for global Mustang enthusiasts”, which seems promising.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.