The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is not too far from its global debut. It'll be perched above the Mustang Bullitt as the most powerful V8-powered Mustang iteration in the current line-up.
After a 17-year hiatus, the all-new 2021 Mustang Mach 1, which is set to further bridge the gap between the 5.0-litre Mustang model line-up and its 5.2-litre Shelby derivatives, will bring back the 'Mach 1' moniker that originated in 1969. Presently, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt Special Edition (480bhp) sits at the top of the 5.0-litre V8 Mustang model lineup, just below the Mustang Shelby GT350 (526bhp). The 2020 Mach 1, touted 'as the most track-ready 5.0-litre Mustang ever', will sit between these two models.
Based on the images the Blue Oval has shared of the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 test prototype, the new model carries over some signature styling cues of the original 1969 model, such as the twin round headlamp layout. Although the new model also has the same round openings on either side of the grille, it's likely to use them as air intakes instead of headlamp housing. The grille also shows a new trapezoidal mesh pattern. The lower front fascia has also been revised, with bigger air intakes, hexagonal mesh and a splitter underneath. At the back, the huge quad-exhausts give the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 a butch appeal.
A peek inside also reveals Sparco racing seats and a roll-cage. Couple these with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres & huge Brembo brakes, and all these elements reiterate the 2021 Mustang Mach 1's track-readiness.
Sharing his thoughts on the revival of the Mach 1 moniker, Dave Pericak (Director 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-litre V8 performance line-up 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.'