Automotive spy photographers have struck again, managing to capture photos of a previously-unseen Ford Mustang prototype in the wild near Detroit, Michigan. The images are available at Autoblog, and according to that site’s sources, the test mule is none other than a test mule for a future Ford Mustang Mach 1.
First offered in 1969, the “Mach 1” performance package has only appeared once since, from 2003 to 2004. A modern-day Mach 1 could slot between the regular, 435-horsepower Mustang GT, and the track-slaying, 526-horsepower Shelby GT350, going toe-to-toe with the Chevrolet Camaro 1LE.
This spied Ford Mustang test mule is boasting enhanced aerodynamics in the form of a new, bigger rear spoiler, and a front splitter. The rear diffuser has been cut to accommodate a quad-tip exhaust, and the front and rear wheels are conspicuously mismatched, with the Ford Mustang GT’s Performance Pack alloys in the front, and an unfamiliar-looking pair in the rear. Autoblog reports that the Torsen rear-differential from the Performance Pack-equipped GT might also have made its way onto the spied car.
It seems likely that should we indeed see a new Ford Mustang Mach 1 in the midterm future, it would have still more stylistic tweaks, plus some extra oomph from the 5.0-liter Coyote V8. Stay tuned for more.