It’s been 17 long years since one of the most storied models in the Mustang lineup galloped off dealer lots, but for the 2021 model year the Mach 1 is back! Occupying the space between the Mustang GT and the halo Shelby, this special edition is said to deliver a triumvirate of handling, style, and speed. And, for the first time, it will be available to enthusiasts around the globe.
“Mach 1 has a special place in Mustang history, and it’s time for this special edition to claim the top spot in our 5.0-liter, V8 performance line-up and reward our most hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who demand that next level of power, precision, and collectability,” Dave Pericak, director, Ford Icons, enthused. “Like the original, the all-new Mustang Mach 1 will be true to its heritage, delivering great looks and as the most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever.”
That heritage dates back to 1969 when the Mach 1 debuted. It brought sharper handling and better performance at a more attainable price than the Bosses and Shelbys of that era.
“Mach 1 has always been that bridge between base Mustangs and the Shelby models,” Ted Ryan, heritage brand manager, Ford Archives, explained. “From a style and handling perspective, the original Mach 1 managed to stand out as unique, even in the Mustang lineup — and as the name implies, it could really move.”