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2021 Mustang Mach 1 Power And Torque Numbers Potentially Revealed: Exclusive

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Just last week, Ford officially announced that it was bringing the Mustang Mach 1 back for the 2021 model year, while sharing a few heavily-camouflaged shots of the car and dropping a few hints as to what we could expect from it. And yesterday, we’ve also gotten our hands on some new Mach 1 spy shots that show off a few interesting details about the car. But what everyone really wants to know is, just what will the Mach 1 power and torque numbers be? Luckily, Ford Authority has the scoop.

So far, the only thing Ford has officially confirmed is that the Mustang Mach 1 will be powered by the naturally-aspirated 5.0L Coyote V8 engine. The automaker has also stated in its announcement that the limited-edition pony will be the “epitome” of its segment, which one could interpret to mean that it will deliver higher levels of performance, better handling and more power than the current king of the naturally-aspirated Coyote game – the Mustang Bullitt. That model, which the Mach 1 is indirectly replacing, is rated at 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque – a 20 horsepower improvement over the regular Ford Mustang GT.

Sources familiar with product plans have told Ford Authority that The Blue Oval is aiming for Mach 1 power and torque figures to be even higher than those of the Bullitt. In fact, engineers are shooting for 525 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, which certainly represents a healthy increase over the Bullitt and the regular Mustang GT.

It’s also important to keep in mind the other Mustang that the Mach 1 will indirectly replace – the Shelby GT350. The model is powered by the naturally-aspirated, flat plane crank 5.2L Voodoo V8, which is rated at 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. With a target of 525 horses and 450 pound-feet for the Mach 1, it would seem that Ford is aiming to deliver comparable levels of output to the Shelby GT350.

Model Engine Horsepower @ RPM Pound-Feet Torque @ RPM Source
2020 Mustang GT Base 5.0L Coyote V8 460 @ 7,500 420 @ 4,600 Ford Official
2020 Mustang Bullitt 5.0L Coyote V8 480 @ 7,000 420 @ 4,600 Ford Official
2020 Mustang Shelby GT350 5.2L Voodoo V8 FPC 526 @ 7,500 429 @ 4,750 Ford Official
2021 Mustang Mach 1 5.0L Coyote V8 525 450 Ford Authority sources

How, exactly, engineers will boost the Coyote’s output for the Mach 1 is currently unclear, but given just how receptive the free-revving dual overhead cam engine is to modifications, squeezing out the additional power should not be all that challenging.

The last time the 5.0L Coyote engine got a power boost was in 2018, gaining 25 horsepower when the third-generation motor gained dual-injection. And earlier this year, Ford Performance rolled out a new Coyote performance calibration that adds 42 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm and 19 horsepower at 6,500 RPM, along with 18 pound-foot of torque at 4,500 rpm.

One interesting thing to keep in mind is that very few have upgraded the camshafts in the Coyote. With pushrod engines, the cam is one of the first things that gets replaced by those looking to squeeze more power from their engines. In fact, even the previous-gen Shelby GT500 has become a hot candidate for aftermarket cams, but not the Coyote. This is mostly due to cost associated with upgrading four cams in a DOHC engine like the Coyote, compared to just one in a pushrod motor.

Additionally, little has been done when it comes to upgrading the heads in the Coyote, so there’s potentially some room for improvement there. But in all fairness, tuners haven’t really needed to do much in this area, since E85 and a solid tune will deliver around 500 wheel horsepower from the third gen Coyote.

Needless to say, we’re very much interested to see what Ford does to achieve the Mach 1 power and torque numbers. But for now, all we know is that 525 horsepower and 450 pound-feet is the objective set forth for engineers.

We’ll have much more on the new Mach 1 very soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang Mach 1 news, Ford Mustang news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. This pretty much shows that the voodoo was never really necessary. Neither is the predator.

    It should be coyote all the way from the GT upward, like so:
    – GT: Coyote regular
    – GT350/Mach 1: Coyote high output
    – GT500: supercharged coyote

      • I was thinking the same thing. Looking at the Lincoln Aviator. The hybrid uses a EcoBoost with an electric motor. The electric motor adds 44 additional horsepower pushing the total horsepower to 494. The only thing that doesn’t match up is the torque number. Electric motors adds a lot of it. Besides the Aviator boost in horsepower. The torque jumps to 630 ft. Lbs. The mach 1 is showing 450. It’s a great theory, but I think it’s incorrect.

  2. Add the Mach-E numbers to the list and compare what a future Mustang can do without gasoline and noisy exhausts.

    • Oh please. You are so barking up the wrong tree.

      I’ll pass you in my noisy and loud and fun Mach 1 while you are stranded on the side of the road because your battery is depleted and you got nowhere to charge.

      Also, your prized no gasoline, no exhaust hatchback EV will cause Ford to lose money hand over fist in every one they sell. But yeah, it’s a really good product, right?

  3. to all of the people talking abt electric cars. they will never take over. nobody in rural areas have one because chargin stations are few and far between.

  4. I don’t think the breathing capacity of the Coyote heads will ever truly be an issue. How to get more air through them could be, which is where the VooDoo’s high revs came into play. But hey, if one can achieve the same horsepower and more usable torque at lower revs…so much the better!

  5. I am a real Ford owner with two Mustangs in my collection. But now I drive a Fusion Hybrid and I am enjoying the real future of driving with electricity. Gasoline power is obsolete and dangerous. So I hope the next Mustang on fire in the news isn’t yours.
    I bet the Mach-E can beat the Mach 1 easily!

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