The Mach 1 Returns to the Mustang Lineup

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During the 56-year history of the Mustang, Ford has introduced a range of limited-edition models. We’ve witnessed cars such as the Boss 302, GT350, GT500, and Mach 1 became legends. 

Next year, the Mustang series will revive the Mach 1, presenting it as the most track-capable 5.0-liter V8 pony so far. Here are the latest details. 

Mustang Mach 1 Will Bring New Performance

Ford prefers to keep the Mach 1 revival hidden as much as possible. But, details about the car’s engine have emerged. Well, thanks to the teaser pictures from tests, we can almost paint the whole picture.

With the production of the new generation Shelby GT350 (winding down with the end of 2020 variant run), that could turn the Mach 1 the fastest naturally aspirated V8 Mustang, with only the supercharged 760-hp GT500 surpass it.  

However, we better hope that it will at least equal the 480-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque from the also outgoing Bullitt. If Ford does manage to wind it up a little more, it will most likely reach the 526-hp from the 5.2-liter flat-plane V8 in the GT350. We should expect the Mach 1’s engine to be somewhere between 480 and 500-hp. 

An Electric Mustang Mach 1?

Ford didn’t unveil yet which car will be the promised hybrid Mustang. In 2017, a hybrid Mustang was announced for 2020. Since then, the car manufacturer has stated that the hybrid will be a performance-oriented setup. 

Ford’s latest modular hybrid system for rear-wheel-drive cars is not that intriguing. It is based on the existing 10-speed automatic transmission with an electric motor put between the torque convertor and engine. 

But, if Ford decides to electrify the Mach 1, it will likely choose the 44-hp motor from the Explorer hybrid that has 221 lb-ft of torque. So, paired up with the 480-hp V8 from the Bullitt, would equal the GT350’s performance with considerably more low-end torque. 

According to the teaser pictures, Mach 1 seems to wear the wider front tires of the Performance Pack Level 2 and the optional rear spoiler from the 2020 GT350. Another visual change includes a new front belt with a set of round air intakes in the grille, resembling the legendary 1969 Mach 1 and Boss 302. Unfortunately, the “shaker” hood scoop is missing. Ford should release more details in the following months. 

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