2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Will Come As A Coupe Only, No Convertible

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
After a 17-year hiatus, the all-new Mustang Mach 1 fastback coupe makes its world premiere - becoming the modern pinnacle of style, handling and 5.0-liter V-8 pony car performance.
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When Ford unveiled the reborn 2021 Mustang Mach 1 just a couple of weeks ago, it presented us with pictures of both a regular Mach 1 and a version equipped with the new Handling Package. Both of which were coupes, which led us to assume that the newest Mustang Mach 1 would only be available in that body style. But as we saw recently with the Mustang EcoBoost 2.3L High Performance Package, Ford could always swoop in later and drop a convertible on us.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

However, that doesn’t appear to be the case with the Mustang Mach 1. Ford Authority received confirmation from Ford Mustang spokesperson Berj Alexanian recently that the limited-edition model will in fact only be offered in one body style. “Mach 1 will launch only as a coupe/fastback at this time,” Alexanian said.

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While this is no big surprise, it is notable. It appears that the new Mach 1 will follow in the footsteps of the vehicles it’s indirectly replacing – the Bullitt and Shelby GT350 – by forgoing the drop top route. It makes sense, given the track-focused nature of the Mach 1, as a convertible variant would both weigh more and offer less in the way of structural rigidity than the fixed-roof version. Still, there are plenty of folks that enjoy that open-air feeling, even at the track.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Regardless, we doubt Mustang Mach 1 buyers will be disappointed with what they’re getting. Aside from the excellent Tremec TR-3160 manual transmission from the Shelby GT350, or an optional 10-speed automatic, the Mach 1 is powered by an enhanced, naturally-aspirated 5.0L Coyote V8 that produces 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

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There are plenty of other Shelby components on the Mach 1, too, including the GT350’s intake manifold, oil filter adapter, and engine oil cooler, which increases cooling capability by 50 percent. Underneath, it packs a rear toe-link from the Shelby GT500, as well as the latest MagneRide calibration, a stiffer steering I-shaft, new EPAS calibration, stiffer sway bars and front springs, a brake booster from the Mustang GT Performance Pack 2, and a rear subframe with stiffer bushings.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

The Mach 1’s standard wheels are 19 inch x 9.5 inch and 19 inch x 10 inch five-spoke Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels which are an updated version of the classic Magnum 500 style wheels. Handling Package vehicles come standard with unique, wider 19 inch x 10.5 inch front, and 19 inch x 11 inch rear Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels with Michelin PS4 rubber.

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The Handling Package, exclusively available with the 6-speed manual, also includes a larger, unique higher downforce front splitter, new front wheel lip moldings, and a low-gloss Magnetic swing spoiler with a Gurney flap and rear tire spats from Shelby GT500. To enhance track endurance, Ford added two side heat exchangers – one to cool engine oil, the other transmission oil – as well as a rear axle cooling system and lower diffuser from Shelby GT500.

In addition to a new front splitter and rear wing, a larger underbelly pan, underwing, and belly pan work in unison to keep the new Mach 1 glued to the road. Ultimately, the Mach 1 generates 22 percent more downforce than a Performance Pack 1 Mustang GT, and the downforce improvement jumps to approximately 150 percent with the Handling Package.

The new Mach 1 arrives at U.S. and Canadian dealerships in the Spring of 2021.

We’ll have much more on the 2021 Mach 1 soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more 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 is going to sound a bit off topic at first but did anyone see the news that Maserati has developed an in house 630hp twin turbo 3.0L V6? separate from Ferrari? The one that’s going in their cars and SUVs? Or the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA with 533hp from a 2.9L V6 Twin Turbo? Just curious as to why everyone is still fascinated with this tired old 5.0L V8 and old chassis mustang. Can’t we go ahead and skip to the S650 CD6 Mustang and get some news with that? Like maybe the end of the 5.0L V8 and the move to ecoboost and ecoboost hybrids? Can we maybe catch up with the rest of the world and start doing something different than wallowing in nostalgia? Dont get me wrong the new Mach 1 looks amazing but that same old coupe needs to hurry up and grow up already. We need that “Mustang family” of cars. It won’t be long before the Maserati 3.0L twin turbo and Alfa Romeo 2.9L get dropped into the next generation of Dodge performance vehicles and then what? When Ford could have been really doing something worthwhile like rebranding the mustang properly with ecoboost power and doing the same with the Explorer. The ST is cool but there needs to be some way more powerful ecoboost V6 variants out there. Along with getting rid of that horrid sounding 2.3L. At least change it to a cross plane crank so it will sound better and rev better but do something. Let the 60’s muscle car life go. Keep the name but do something better.

    • With all the EcoBoost powerplants like the hybrid Aviator and the Mach E with total EV, especially the GT variant. I think Ford is looking to use these engines in more applications. Consider the Ford GT Supercar uses an EcoBoost twin turbo V6 along with the Raptor. Where do I find a performance Dodge with anything other than a Hemi? When Ford talks about dropping the V8 engine from it’s lineup. Everyone goes off the deep end. I see they are using a 5.0 in the new F-150 with deactivating cylinders. People still questions not using a V8 in the Ford GT and Raptor. FCA has installed monster horsepower hemi’s in any vehicle they can fit it in. I haven’t seen anything new or exciting in their Chrysler devision products. FCA and it’s Dodge, Chrysler lineup is far behind on R&D. I think it’s a couple years before these changes are even considered with the Chrysler brand likely being discontinued. I think Ford is on the correct path with the EcoBoost obtaining the power and torque for performance and towing power in their Large SUVs and F Series trucks. The Coyote, Voodoo and predator each have amazing exhaust notes. Ford has improve the Ford GT supercar with a titanium exhaust system so there are opportunities for Ford to make the EcoBoost engines roar. For now Ford’s priority is getting the new F-150 launched. Their new Broncos and the Mach E launched. They can move forward with the other models and engines to modify or make corrections needed to make them roar for performance use.

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