The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Is Back With 480 HP and a Bunch of Shelby Parts

The Mach 1 is one of the most iconic special editions of the Ford Mustang. Originally launched for the 1969 model year, the iconic car set 295 speed and endurance records, according to Ford. And for 2021, Ford is bringing it back, hoping to team the budget performance of the Mustang GT with the track capability of the Shelby GT350 and GT500.

That's a big deal, because the current generation of Mustang GTs have not proven to be as stout during heavy track use as we had hoped. Even with the Performance Pack 2, there's been a widely reported problem of differentials overheating. For the Mach 1, though, Ford's gone all-out on cooling to make this the most durable non-Shelby Mustang you can have on track.

A shaker would make it better! Idea
Let's see if this stirs up some conversation.   Cool

Well, at first glance, it looks like a sticker kit omage to the '69 Mach 1, but there are some real performance features there as well.  I won't be getting one, however.  I don't hate the look or idea, just can't justify it... but a few things I would immediately change:
  • The hood: swap on an aftermarket hood with '71-'73 style NACA ducts and adapt the TuTone treatment, rather than just a sliver of paint down the middle (a shaker with the current hood would be cool, too)
  • Smaller Mustang/Tri-Bar emblem in the grille, rather than the big pony
  • Projector aux lights/amber halo DRLs instead of block-off plates in the grille
  • Drop the Mach 1 emblems to the lower area of the fenders and run a black or argent hockey stripe starting from the top of the Mach 1 emblem - to match the hood TuTone
  • Paint the rockers black or argent - to match the hood TuTone
  • I'm not in love with the wheels (on either version)... probably change 'em, maybe not.
The interior is pretty sharp - I don't know that I'd change a thing.  Orange stripe Mach 1 seats are very cool - I almost wish they would've carried them over to the '71-'73s, but I like the Deluxe Seats from our model years, just the same.  Something with that pattern could look cool in there as well.

No, I'm not trying to turn it into a '71-'73 wannabe, either... nor am I trying to minimize the '69-'70 Mach 1s in the least.  But let's face it though - the '69-'70 Mach 1 styling cues are a little boring and understated in comparison with the '71-'73s.  As a result, most people don't associate "Mach 1" as much with '69-'70 Mustangs - they are more familiar with "Boss 302" or "Boss 429" for those years.  When they hear "Mach 1," they usually think of '71-'73s... regardless of the model (sportsroof, coupe, or vert - they're ALL Mach 1s in most peoples' eyes).  If you're going to do a throwback, might as well throwback to something people are more likely to remember.

Just my thoughts.
Good points, I'm with you, they need to bring it back to what most people remember, as a Mach1, and then up the personality factor. With some unique performance. It needs to do something "better" to set it apart. Just my thoughts. 

I still can't get over how big these cars have gotten, and how much the Vintage Mustangers bash our year models for getting 'so big.'  That 2021 looks like a small minivan compared to those 2 '69s.  There's not THAT much perspective distortion optical illusion going on, either.

Oh well - I'm sure it's a blast to drive.  I know my wife's 2015 Camaro RS is a lot of fun, too.
There you go using bad words again! LOL! You need you mouth was out with soap. LOL!!!!!


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