Ford is resurrecting the legendary Mach 1 name for a new, limited edition performance variant of the Mustang coming in the 2021 model year. With teaser photos and a short announcement, Ford says the debut of the new Mustang Mach 1 will come very soon (“this spring” were the words used).
The Mach 1 first appeared in 1969 and was considered the epitome of performance for the Mustang pony car. This new version, Ford says, will have the same focus for the current-generation Mustang, using the 5.0-liter V8 now found in the car. Like the original version, the new Mach 1 will slot between the standard Mustang GT and the Shelby and Boss models.
“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, Ford Icons. “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.”
The original Mustang Mach 1 series, which ran for about 5 years from 1969 to 1974, was a limited edition seller in that it accounted for only a small percentage of overall Mustang sales. The same can be said of the Mach 1 return model that appeared in 2003-04. The 2021 model will be the “most track-ready 5.0-liter Mustang ever” and will have a limited number for production. Ford has not said how limited that may be or what the price tag will run on this special edition.
Whatever those numbers are, the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is sure to be a highly sought after modern muscle car.