Ford has released images of a camouflaged Mustang Mach 1, a limited-edition model designed for the track and which revives an iconic nameplate first used in 1969.
While technical specifications for the new Ford Mustang Mach 1 are yet to be announced, the company has hinted at a new handling package, larger Brembo brakes, and unique 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres – standard equipment on track-focused sports cars such as the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
Design features will likely include a body kit, matte black bonnet stripe, and an aggressive rear spoiler.
Two circular accents in the grille suggest fog lights, daytime running lights, or even air intake ducts (similar to the Dodge Challenger Hellcat) – in some way paying homage to the Mustang Mach 1 models of the past.
The Mach 1 is expected to be available with a more powerful version of the 5.0-litre Coyote V8, sitting somewhere between the 357kW offered in the Bullitt Mustang, and 392kW of the Shelby Mustang GT350.
Will the Mustang Mach 1 come to Australia?
Despite the popularity of the limited-edition Mustang Bullitt and Mustang R-Spec in Australia, it's believed the Mustang Mach 1 will only be offered to US customers, from later this year.
Ford Australia has advised that the news of the Mustang Mach 1 is specific to the US market, but stopped short of ruling it out completely.
A statement from Ford Australia said: “The Mach 1 news is specific to the US. Here in Australia, we’re proud of Mustang R-Spec as our halo model.”
Ford's heritage brand manager Ted Ryan says the new Mach 1 will bridge the gap between base model 5.0-litre Mustangs and the 5.2-litre Mustang Shelby models.
“From a style and handling perspective, the original Mach 1 managed to stand out as unique, even in the Mustang line-up – and as the name implies, it could really move."
Australian buyers looking for their own special Mustang can buy the manual-only Mustang R-Spec, with a supercharged V8 co-developed with Herrod Performance and limited to only 500 examples, priced from $99,980 plus on-road costs, versus $62,990 plus on-road costs for the base Mustang GT V8 coupe.
While the Ford Mustang R Spec was initially sold out – with all dealer allocations spoken for within three months of the vehicle being unveiled – a number of examples have become available after some deals fell over either due to finance knockbacks or due to job losses during the coronavirus crisis.
Ford dealers say they can still secure a car if buyers want one.