The latest Ford Mustang halo model will be available with a choice of automatic and manual transmission, due here early next year.
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Australian pricing for the Ford Mustang Mach 1 has been confirmed before the limited edition arrives in local showrooms early next year.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will start from $83,365 plus on-road costs. Just 700 will be imported from the US.

Unlike the previous limited editions – the Ford Mustang Bullitt and Ford Mustang R-Spec – which were available only with manual transmission, the Ford Mustang Mach 1 will be available with a choice of both the 10-speed automatic and six-speed manual.

The price for either transmission is the same. The only options are metallic paint ($650), Recaro leather seats ($3000), and an appearance pack ($1000) which adds orange accent seat trim, orange brake callipers and a black and orange body stripes, however this option is only available on the cars painted in Fighter Jet Gray. The four other colour choices are black, white, blue, and orange.

Prices listed above do not include on-road costs.

While the Ford Mustang Mach 1 does not have the supercharged power of the locally-developed R-Spec – and its 5.0-litre V8 shares the same output as the Bullitt (345kW/556Nm) – the latest limited edition has been bolstered with plenty of go-fast bits originally designed for race track use.

Ford says the Mach 1 is the first production Mustang sold in Australia with a high-performance Tremec six-speed manual, with rev-matching technology for seamless down-shifts – plus an upgraded oil-cooler system for extended high-performance driving, such as on a race track.

The 10-speed auto, previously criticised for going into ‘limp home’ mode when pushed, has an upgraded oil-cooler and recalibrated software “for optimised performance in road and track driving conditions”.

Ford has also developed a unique suspension tune that “further enhances road performance and track-readiness”.

A Ford bulletin says: “Specially-calibrated MagneRide dampers and bespoke springs, anti-roll bars and bush specifications deliver improved control and response under high cornering loads”.

The body stripes are designed to pay tribute to Mach 1 Mustangs from the 1960s and 1970s.

Although they look similar to Mustang Bullitt wheels, the design of these 19-inch alloys (wider at the rear, as with the standard car) are unique to the Mach 1.

Each Mustang Mach 1 is numbered with a distinctive plaque in the cabin, and is linked to its chassis number. We’re not sure if this means they will be numbered from 1 to 700 or include the VIN, or both.

The 5.0-litre V8 has an “open air” induction system, intake manifold and 87mm throttle bodies borrowed from the Mustang Shelby GT350 model sold in the US.

Ford says these changes increase the free flow of air into the engine. “The enhanced breathing works alongside recalibrated engine management software and a combination of low-pressure port fuel injection and high-pressure direct fuel injection for a ‘reward-to-rev’ character and 7,500 rpm red line,” says the Ford bulletin.

Peak power is delivered at 7500 rpm, with peak torque of 556Nm delivered at 4600 rpm.

An auxiliary engine oil-cooler, also shared with the Shelby GT350, “works in partnership with a new engine oil filter adaptor to ensure optimum oil flow and consistent performance under high loads,” says Ford.

The Mach 1’s uniquely tuned bi-modal exhaust has 4.5-inch quad muffler tips to boost the V8 sound.

Ford says the Tremec 3160 six-speed manual transmission has a “twin-disc clutch to comfortably manage aggressive, high-rpm gear-changes on track, and provides a short-throw shift action for fast, consistent shifts”.

Meanwhile the rev matching technology uses the engine’s electronic control system to briefly ‘blip’ the throttle as the driver downshifts, “matching the engine speed to that of the gear that is being selected”.

“Flat-shift capability is also delivered – allowing drivers to engage the next gear without lifting the throttle pedal,” says Ford.

Meanwhile, Ford says the Mach 1’s 10-speed automatic includes an upgraded torque converter and unique calibration “optimising torque capability, shift character and overall performance”.

“A second air-to-oil cooler increases cooling capacity by more than 50 per cent to manage high-load driving situations,” says Ford.

Both the manual and automatic Mach 1 models include an additional rear axle cooling system for the limited-slip differential.

Ford says the aerodynamic changes contribute to better road holding and cooling at race track speeds.

“The Mustang Mach 1 creates 22 per cent more downforce than the Mustang GT, supported by a rear diffuser design shared with the Mustang Shelby GT500 model,” says Ford Australia.

“A longer undertray … incorporates dedicated fins that direct cooling air to the brakes. The shape of the front splitter has been designed to deliver increased downforce for improved grip on track, while the bespoke, single-deck rear spoiler has been matched to the front aerodynamics to ensure the perfect lift balance from front to rear,” the Ford bulletin adds.

The magnetically controlled shock absorbers have been recalibrated to suit the stiffer front springs and anti-roll bars.

Ford says changes to the electric power steering system, as well as subframes and toe-link components borrowed from the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT500 sold in the US, “contribute to the sharpest Mustang steering responses in Australia yet”.

“The Mustang Mach 1 also gains a higher specification brake booster with a faster response time, ensuring quick and consistent braking performance even under high loads,” the Ford bulletin continues.

Despite the track focus Ford has added creature comforts such as heated and cooled front seats, Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, a premium 12-speaker B&O audio, and Ford’s smartphone app.

In a media statement, the boss of Ford Australia Andrew Birkic said: “Following the success of Mustang Bullitt and Mustang R-Spec, we are very excited to introduce this highly capable, track ready Mustang to our Australian Mustang fans. The unique styling, which pays homage to the original model, is more than worthy of its legendary badge.”