When Ford announced that the Mach 1 option would return to Mustang after a 17-year hiatus, the company said it would be available globally. While many feigned surprise later, the pony car czars knew it was coming. It was just a matter of when those outside the US would learn more.
It would only be two days after the order bank for the special-edition stallion would open in Canada and the United States that the company would reveal the European version during Goodwood SpeedWeek and announce a limited run of Mach 1s available in Australia.
“The original Mach 1 delivered the ultimate in production Mustang performance and proved itself with success in motorsport,” said Matthias Tonn, Mustang Mach 1 chief program engineer for Europe. “The new Mach 1 is the most capable Mustang ever to reach Europe, with track-ready ability and a unique style that is more than worthy of wearing such a legendary badge.”
While it is certainly exciting for Mustang fans across Europe and the United Kingdom, it was a bit of a disappoint for enthusiasts to learn their version of the limited-edition performer would be down on power and torque when compared with the US version. While the Stateside Mach 1 cranks out 480 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm, the European version delivers 27 horsepower and 30 lb-ft of torque less.
In celebration of the Mach 1 announcement, Ford also created an augmented reality experience where fans can position a virtual Mustang Mach 1 in a real-world environment — with customizable colors and camera angles — and create a shareable video. Check it out HERE.
Meanwhile, the performance enthusiasts down-under don’t have performance specs just yet, but they do know the country will receive 700 of the track-focused pony cars. “Achieving Mach 1 for the first time was a significant human feat,” said Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia. “That spirit and determination to keep pushing, never settling, and always trying to go further is what the Mach 1 Mustang was all about – and it’s fitting that we can bring Australian customers, who’ve made Mustang part of our motoring landscape, a 2021 Mustang Mach 1 of their very own.”
It’s definitely exciting to see Ford sharing the Mach 1 love across the world, and we can’t help thinking about how many more great roads on which we could enjoy this car around the globe.