Mustang Mach 1 Prototype Spied With Bullitt Interior Elements

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It was a mere few days ago that Ford gave us our first look at the reborn 2021 Mustang Mach 1, along with a few interesting tidbits of information about the car. But now, our spies have caught a Mustang Mach 1 prototype out in the wild. These new shots give us a much more comprehensive look at what we can expect from the new Mach 1, but it also has some peculiar features worth mentioning, too.

This Mach 1 prototype is nearly identical to the one Ford showed us, right down to the exact same wheels. It’s covered in some rather thin camo, albeit slightly different than the previous car. This example wears a black covering over the grille and lower air intakes, which is clearly designed to disguise what is likely an updated front end design. The prototype that Ford showed us had a distinct pair of air intakes/fog lights placed at each end of the grille.

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Mustang Mach 1 prototype testing in June
Mustang Mach 1 prototype testing in June


Mustang Mach 1 prototype teaser provided by Ford in May
Mustang Mach 1 prototype teaser provided by Ford in May

Out back, this prototype wears the same unique wing and diffuser, but the rest is heavily camouflaged and any potential differences are difficult to discern from other Ford Mustang models.

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However, our spies did notice some very strange things going on in the interior of this Mustang Mach 1 prototype.

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While we would expect to see a Mach 1 badge on the steering wheel (along with other parts of the interior), this prototype has a Bullitt badge instead. Look down a little, and we can see that it also has the same six-speed manual shift knob as the Bullitt.

It’s safe to assume that Ford simply reached into its parts bin to put together this prototype, and likely hasn’t produced any Mach 1 trim pieces just yet. Or perhaps they built this prototype using a Bullitt as a base, since the Mach 1 will expound upon that model. Either way, it’s certainly interesting, nonetheless. Both the Bullitt and Shelby GT350 are going to be replaced by the Mustang Mach 1 for 2021, so perhaps Ford has some extra parts laying around in its rather expansive bin.

The Mustang Mach 1 will be powered by Ford’s glorious 5.0L Coyote V8 engine, which is rumored by sources to be pushing around 500 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. As seen in these photos, it will come equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission might be offered as an option, but this has yet to be confirmed. The prototype wears a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires measuring in at 305/30ZR19 in the front and an unspecified size at the rear, and some big Brembo brakes.

In its teaser, Ford called the new Mach 1 “the most track-capable 5.0L Mustang ever” and promises it will be the “epitome of naturally-aspirated 5.0L V8 performance.” It will be positioned between the Mustang GT and Shelby GT500 in the pony car lineup. The Mustang Mach 1 will launch for the 2021 model year, and we can expect an official debut in the third quarter of 2020.

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

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Photos
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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. From the interior view. It appears the test mule started life as a Bullet. It appears The Mach 1 still has some design work before it morphs into the Mach 1, My first new car was a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 and it continues to be one of my favorite cars. Hopefully Ford takes it to the next level in styling, performance and handling. From the front picture. The circle openings appear to be a second set of headlights like used on the 1969 models. I am wondering if it’s the cold air induction replacing the shaker hood similar as used on the Trans-am cars of that era. I also noticed a intercooler located below the front grill. Is it possible Ford would supercharge it’s 5.0 kicking it’s power to exceed 550 horsepower. With the GT350 being discountinued. I see the Mach 1 slotting between the Mustang GT PP2 and the GT500. To do this, the Mach 1 will need the handling and power to fill that gap. I’m looking forward to seeing it launched only after Ford has established the Mach 1 as a bonafide track monster with the options of the GT 10 speed automatic and the 6-speed manual transmission used in the Shelby GT350.

  2. The ’69 is also one of my favorite styling exercises as well. It’ll be interesting to see how the new Mach 1 morphs from the Bullitt/Shelby parts bin…

  3. My first Mustang was a ’70 Mach 1 and my current one is a GT PP2 which is a very capable track car. I have my PP2 sorted out now and runs with the Porsche GT3. As a dealer, I am going to be all over this to see how close it comes to the PP2, and the PP2 turns much quicker lap times than the Bullitt does. I would love to see a rear seat delete and optional half cage from the factory.

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