New track-focused Mustang Mach 1 bridges gap between GT and Shelby models, borrows from Bullitt, GT350, and GT500.
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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 has been unveiled in the US, showcasing a track-focused, limited-edition pony car that cherry-picks from its stablemates.

Reading more like a Greatest Hits album, the Mach 1 offers identical performance to the Bullitt, with a 5.0-litre V8 producing 357kW, but using the air intake and 6-speed transmission from the Shelby GT350, and the gear knob from the Bullitt.

Many components have also come from the Shelby GT500.

As the Mach 1 has been designed for the track, much of the attention has been given to keeping the car cool.

The GT500's rear axle cooling system and lower diffuser have been used on the Mach 1, as have the engine oil and (manual) transmission oil coolers from the GT350.

For those that opt for the 10-speed automatic, a second air-to-oil cooler increases cooling by 75 per cent.

Ford is calling the Mach 1 the most 'track-capable' Mustang to be offered, with much of the attention given to the model's Handling Package – which is only available with the manual gearbox.

The Handling Package offers staggered wheels in 19x10.5-inch front and 19x11-inch rear fitment, finished in Tarnished Dark (Ford's take on Shadow Chrome), aggressive front splitter, front wheel lip mouldings, and a Magnetic swing rear spoiler borrowed from the GT500.

A brand-new underbelly pan aids in downforce and features ducts to cool the brakes.

Suspension has also been tweaked, with the Handling Package offering tuned shock absorbers, upgraded steering, stiffer sway bars, and a rear subframe and suspension components – also from the Shelby GT500.

The Mustang Mach 1 will be fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, missing out on the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres shown on the test car earlier this month.

Curiously though, the two circular accents in the front grille that pay homage to earlier Mach 1 models appear to be left blank and unfinished, with Ford referring to them as 'faux lamp elements'.


Will the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 come to Australia?

The Mustang Mach 1 will go on sale in the US and Canada in the northern Spring (March-June).

Plans for wider global availability have not been announced, although it is expected to be an offering exclusive to the North American market.

In response to the Mach 1 unveiling, Ford Australia has told CarAdvice "we have no news to share about any future plans".