When Ford unveiled the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 back in June, it said that the optional Handling Package would only be available with Tremec’s excellent 3160 six-speed manual transmission, while the regular Mach 1 could be had with the row-your-own gearbox or Ford’s SelectShift 10-speed automatic. However, after receiving some feedback from fans, Ford has now decided to offer the Mach 1 Handling Package with the automatic gearbox.
This is great news for those that prefer to let the quick-shifting 10-speed do all the work for them, yet also want the many enhancements the Mach 1 Handling Package offers. Those upgrades begin with a set of attractive and wider 19 inch x 10.5 inch front and 19 inch x 11 inch rear Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels.
The Handling Package 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. Ford says that the Mach 1 Handling Package generates 150 percent more downforce than a Performance Pack 1 Mustang GT.
In addition to this announcement, Ford also revealed that the Handling Package will cost $3,500. Earlier this week, the automaker pegged the starting MSRP of the Mach 1 at $52,915, so a manual Mach 1 with the Handling Package will run at least $56,415, and adding the automatic brings the total to $58,010.
Considering the amount of equipment added by the Handling Pack, and the fact that Ford says the Mach 1 will hang with the Shelby GT500 on a track, those prices make the Mach 1 a pretty solid performance value.