By on May 29, 2020


It’s the second time the Mach 1 moniker has returned from the grave. On Friday, Ford confirmed rumors of a retro resurrection, revealing that the newest Mustang Mach 1 will bow for 2021 as a limited-edition model geared for the track.

We’re not talking a Dodge Demon or Hellcat here. Instead, the Mach 1 leaves the Shelby GT500 alone as the brand’s performance pinnacle, preferring instead to secure its place as the best 5.0-liter Mustang one can buy.

There’s much that still isn’t known about the 2021 Mach 1, as Ford plans to release more info come June. Clearly, this car was a cherry Ford expected to place atop its display at the now scrapped Detroit auto show.

“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-liter V8 performance lineup and reward our most hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who demand that next level of power, precision and collectability,” said Dave Pericak, director of Ford Icons, in a release.

“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-liter Mustang ever.”


Will Ford wrangle a modicum of extra output from the naturally aspirated Coyote engine to further distance it from lesser Stangs? It looks likely. The Mach 1’s role, as stated, is to offer performance and handling dynamics topping that of all other GTs. We first got wind of the resurrected model via Ford’s 2021 VIN decoder, which seems to show the elimination of the GT350 and the Bullitt.

Only one 5.2-liter V8 is mentioned on the document — that of the 760-horsepower GT500. The Case of the Missing GT350 is a mystery for another day, however. That same document shows two 5.0-liter V8s.

If, for some reason, Ford needed to temporarily pull the GT350, partially filling the absence with a reintroduced, limited-run Mach 1 could keep enthusiasts placated for a while. The automaker last dusted off the Mach 1 name for the 2003 and 2004 years, bestowing it on the last two years of the fourth-generation Mustang as a way to fill the broad performance gap between the GT and SVT Cobra.


Semi-camouflaged teaser images of the Mach 1 hustling down the track show what could be circular lamps inserted in the outer edges of the grille (or just an original ’69 Mach 1-mimicking grille feature), a revamped lower fascia, big red Brembo brake calipers, and 19-inch wheels wearing Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 305/30 rubber. This happens to be the same tire you’d find on a 2020 GT350 (that model opts for 35-series rubber on a rear tire the same width).

Plenty of rubber hitting the road on this Mach 1, for sure. Out back, a spoiler rises from the rear deck and the quad exhaust tips appear larger in circumference than that of a stock GT. Beyond that, Ford’s staying mum. Stay tuned for updates.

[Images: Ford]

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18 Comments on “Move Over, Mach-E: Ford Confirms Mustang Mach 1 Revival...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “…that next level of power, precision and collectability”

    The 69 Mach 1 is a collectable. The n-th release of another “special edition” trim level is not collectible, regardless of how good it is.

    The 21 Mach-E will be more collectible than this.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      When those original Mach 1’s were on sale, nobody saw them as future collectibles. They were just cool Mustangs. So too is this. I care not about the value of a new car I purchase in 20+ years, nor do most others. If you do, buy limited run Ferrari’s and put them in a bubble. This is a car that will no doubt be fun to enjoy on the road or the track.

      It is impossible to know what current cars will be collectible in the future. Even a car like the Mk IV Supra had it’s conductibility greatly enhanced because it starred in a bunch of crappy movies. External factors will too effect the current crop.

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t know; the new Mach 1 *MAY* be collectible, but Collectibility isn’t actually predictable, based on past tendencies, so the claim is specious at best.

    • 0 avatar

      The last gen Boss 302 is collectible. Whether this is or not depends on its execution and how far it goes past a sticker job.

  • avatar

    I used to like Mustangs and Camaros back when I was young and full of spunk (unfortunately for the person who ended up with my mattress, literally). Now they’re not really my cup of tea, but I’m glad Ford is sticking with the Mustang and keeping it fresh! Hopefully Chevy doesn’t drop the Camaro but it isn’t looking good from what I hear.

  • avatar


    Too bad the Camaro is a POS. Yeah i know i know it s good on the track.


    • 0 avatar

      They could redesign it to have more glass area and a different style, to better compete with the Challenger and Mustang. I suspect GM will just pull the plug on it, but we can hope.

    • 0 avatar

      I have driven 3 different modern Camaros – 2015 and newer – and had no problem seeing out of them. I ran into zero things. And there is a nice large screen backup cam for reversing. I wonder if the people who fuss are, um, really short or something-

      • 0 avatar

        Whether the visibility critiques are fair or not, there’s no question the Camaro is at the bottom of the sales heap in this class, by quite a margin. It needs a fresh take. There are sales here, so it’d be too bad if GM just walked away.

  • avatar

    Sounds like maybe its a Gt350 with an upgraded coyote engine, which may make it a better and more afordable bet than the Gt350.

    The Flat plane crank sounds great/unique but a bent v8 sounds great too. The flat plane should rev faater but given the huge conterweights needed for the displacement not sure that true. Combustion efficiency of a flat plane may make a little more hp but a coyote can make similar power. So lower redline(still hgh in a coyote) much more low down Tq, classic sound in a Gt350 chassis with similar power for less $$$ whats not to like. Assuming thats what it is and not just a warmed over Gt.

  • avatar

    As long as they fix the REALLY ugly front end they trotted out for 2018, I am all in favor.

  • avatar

    I can’t keep track of the all Mustang versions these days. Seems Ford creates a new “special edition” about every 6 months. Apparently these sell or they wouldn’t bother.

    • 0 avatar

      I definitely hear you. Ford and FCA have gone off the deep end with “special” edition pony cars. Saying you have a 2012 Mustang Club of America Edition doesn’t carry much panache. But they sell, as you said.

  • avatar

    Only time, taste and sentiment make something collectable. This will however be a very entertaining car to drive.

  • avatar

    Does the Mach 1 name really have any value? I’m not old enough to remember the pre-Mustang II Mach 1s as new cars, but as used ones they were never remotely as cool as GT350s, or Boss 302s, or ’68 GTs with Cobra-Jets, or Fox body 5.0 GTs and LXs. Any performance options were still just options. The Mach 1 was an all-show, no-go tape stripe special. The name was cooler 50 years ago, but who talks about supersonic aircraft today? It’s a leftover technology from an age when we valued justice instead of social justice. It was barely even cool when James Bond bicycled a Mach 1 in “Diamonds are Forever.” Using the Mach name on their new electric shopping trolley and their next performance package car simultaneously makes very close to no sense.

    • 0 avatar

      “Does the Mach 1 name really have any value?”

      That’s a legitimate question and I’d say it does have value to anyone old enough to be into cars in 1969. I’ve always lusted after that year car and feel that was the best looking Mustang.

      The problem with trotting out names from the past it appeals mostly to baby-boomers and as we leave the marketplace many younger buyers won’t fill that void.

  • avatar

    Well I must say Thank you for running with this. I did ask for it about a year ago. This went about the way I thought it would. Most hate it for no reason and some for good reasons. I actually bought the KIA, but wanted the Q70L V8. I just didn’t want to part with that much money. So just from my 8 months of ownership of the KIA K900, everyone is right for the most part about the ride. I does not handle expansion joints well however I drive a lot (before COVID 19) and from here to Chocowinity NC is pretty smooth with the exception of I-95 in SC. Went From my home in Jax FL to Clear-water and was surprised to average 25.7 mpg overall, of course most of the time its about 19. No its not exciting to drive but it is quiet and relatively smooth and passing power is always there. The kids love the back seat since it reclines a lot and some other stuff.
    Used to be the M5 or S8 would have been what I wanted but I am a little older and even though I realize the KIA is nowhere near those too. I am ok with it. I had the pleasure of driving an S8 for two weeks from a friend and to be honest I love it but knew I could not handle the repair bills. I make a decent living but I saw some of his repair cost. I drove a CX9 for 11 years and wanted a sedan and I a happy with what I got. In three years when its paid off I may look at the S8 again. Maybe

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    I think ANY Mustang that isn’t an SUV is a good thing. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that the Mach-E is the future of the brand. A lot more market and a lot more shared components. Got to keep the shareholders happy, you know.

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