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Here’s Why The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 Has No Shaker Hood

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For the most part, we’ve heard few complaints about the forthcoming 2021 Mustang Mach 1. But if there’s one thing that enthusiasts don’t seem to like about the reborn Ford Mustang Mach 1, it’s the fact that a good old fashioned shaker hood isn’t available, as it was on prior generations. Now, Ford Authority has learned why Ford decided not to offer a shaker hood on the 2021 Mach 1.

“The shaker hood was a very small take-rate option on the first Mach 1,” Mustang brand manager, Jim Owens, told Ford Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, in a recent interview. “We included it in the ’03-’04 (Gen 4 version) version because that was where the air intake that helped actually make the power to the car resided. We had the Bullitt motor with the GT350 throttle body that had the air vent in the upper right, so that would have been completely non-functional.”

“We decided to apply our energy and efforts to map out the suspension and the handling to make it the best five-liter lateral car we’ve ever done,” Owens added. “So we took the 480 (horsepower) five-oh from the Bullitt and mated it to the Tremec transmission, and we put the effort into where we thought the Mach 1 customer would have wanted to be.”

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

In other words, Ford decided that the customer’s money would be better spent on actual, functional performance upgrades than on some non-functional appearance item, which makes perfect sense.

Those upgrades including the aforementioned Tremec 3160 6-speed manual transmission, as well as a host of GT350-sourced upgrades including the intake manifold, oil filter adapter, engine oil cooler, and the GT500’s stiffer bushings, rear toe-link, rear axle cooling system, and lower diffuser. As we recently reported, the Mach 1 Handling Package also wears the same Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires as the GT350R and GT500.

Powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0L Coyote V8 producing 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, all of these additions make the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 capable of hanging with the recently discontinued Shelby GT350 on the track, as we exclusively reported last month.

We’ll have more on the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 soon, so be sure and 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. The managing team thought wrong he should have put his ENERGY N BOTH THE BULLITT/ MACH 1 that comes in more color with a BOSS 302 grill cost to much $70k to not have the TRADE MARK SHAKER

    • “Trademark” Skaker? The Shaker hood was a only on a handful of cars so it wasn’t a trademark whatsoever. This new model forges its own path. Stop living in the past Roy.

      • 1st of all let me school you that Trademark SHAKER hood was on more that 5 MACH 1 which is a hand full. 2nd You know nothing about Mustang history or what sales best for the brand 3rd. Putting a lot of cheap stripes on a BULLITT with more colors and calling it a MACH 1is living more in the past than a SHAKER hood

        • ohhh yea, you really took me to school there buddy boy.

          The only one being schooled here is you, making a fool of yourself every time you open you mouth.

          Ford has two very good reasons for not offering the shaker hood in the new Mach 1:
          1. Low take rate on original model
          2. It would not be functional on the new model

          It’s just that simple. Just admit you have a Shaker hood fetish and move on.

          Hey Roy what do you drive!!!

  2. First and foremost, happy thanksgiving to all the people out here on this 2020 Thanksgiving holiday and hope the world reading this is doing well in spite of how crazy this year has been. Hopefully everyone is going somewhere to get some good food and enjoy time well spend with loved ones!
    Ford’s Mach 1 Mustang has always had a special place in my heart. To me, it’s the best mustang trim level Ford has ever made, from 69 until now and this one is no different. It is the top of the line Mustang that doesn’t use the Shelby name which is why it is so special. Where the Boss 302 and Boss 429 Mustangs were more track oriented, the Mach 1 was more of a street fighter with Deluxe interiors and multiple engine options. Engines went from the 351W (’69), the 390(’69) the 351C (’70+) and the big bad 428cj which was engine that came with the shaker hood package while the others had just a small hood scoop. In many ways the newest Mach 1 definitely pays homage to the originals but in a lot of ways, it doesn’t. The Mach 1 actually replaced the GT when it debuted because the GT really wasn’t anything special except for maybe the ’68 GT-390 which most people know today as the Bullitt Mustang and the Bullitt version was hopped up a little bit for the movie with aftermarket wheels and beefier Polyglas tires and the actual GT-390 didn’t sound like the Movie car either. What would be nice for the Mach 1 would be for it to take the place of the GT altogether and include a regular 460hp 5.0L and a beefier 480hp 5.0 AND a 530hp 5.4L coyote “Cobra Jet” V8. Would be nice if each could receive more torque than the other as well.
    If the GT is going to continue though, it should be something different than the Mach 1. I, for one, am a huge fan of the ecoboost program, but I’m a bigger fan of the Barra 325T found in the Aussie Ford Falcons. These 425hp 4.0L I-6 Turbo engines sound incredible and make good power and would be perfect to return the mustang to it’s roots of having an Inline-6 and V8 engine options and still leaves room at the bottom for the SVO 2.3L Turbo. Hopefully for the S650 chassis mustangs, I do hope the car gains a bit of size (not too much) but enough that it’s a bit more comfortable like the Dodge Challenger with a more useable trunk. Hopefully the Shelby Mustangs will be retired and we can go back to Mustangs just being Mustangs with hot 5.0L V8s, an I-6 Turbo and the I-4 Turbo. The top of the line mustang should be a 700hp Supercharged Boss 302 and that be it. When it comes to Mustangs, this should be the lineup. I know there have been talks about the Mustang spreading to a Mustang Family of vehicles with the S650 Chassis and it becoming it’s own sub-brand and honestly I think this is cool. Why because it leaves room for the 4-door variants to be called Falcons, the car the Mustang actually came from. To incorporate the Falcon into the S650 Mustang family would be no mistake because even in America, the car came in coupe, sedan, crossover (wagon) and sub compact pickup (Ranchero) form. Talk about a hot performance Mustang Sub-brand family and since it is Thanksgiving, family should be the hot topic of today anyway.
    Ford has been talking about having a Mustang sub-brand and Bronco Sub Brand where the mustang will be on road performance and the bronco will have off road performance. I love the fact that Ford decided against a Bronco Raptor and went with the Warthog and Wild Trek models instead. The Bronco should be more of a trail vehicle anyway, designed for people who hike, camp, hunt and fish. Having a vehicle that can speed through the off road trails is cool but sometimes something a bit more gritty is nicer. Hopeful a 5.5′ bed Bronco pickup will be offered to compete with the Gladiator with a 5.0L V8. even the classic 60’s Broncos had a 302 in them. Offering the 400hp truck based 5.0L v8 wouldn’t be the worst idea Ford. It’s a BRONCO! Even if the Ranger never gets a V8, the Bronco Warthog should. But I will end my entry today here. Have a happy thanksgiving everyone!!!!

    • “It is the top of the line Mustang that doesn’t use the Shelby name which is why it is so special.”

      Um…despite being the owner of a 2004 Mach 1 myself, I think that the 03-04 SVT Cobra folks might disagree with you. In fact most people might disagree…those late new edge Cobras were pretty good. I like my Mach 1, I happily sought it out and procharged it rather than buying a 03-04 Cobra just for the added uniqueness and the shaker hood, but I don’t think that stock-for-stock the Mach 1 was the top of the line Mustang for this generation. Even the fact that you have to qualify the statement with “non-Shelby” at all is really just bending the stats to make it look better than it is. Eliminate everything better than it from the comparison and it becomes the best…that’s just going to be how it works with everything.

      • you are correct, they were options on the 351 and 390. My point was it came standard on only one engine choice and that was the 428. The fact was that I was saying the Shaker hood was not always present on the Mach 1 so it doesn’t necessarily have to be mandatory for this new Mach 1 either.

    • Wouldn’t necessarily put a Boss 302 over a Mach 1. Boss 302 was a nice car this is true, however the Mach 1 came with a lot more options, being much more customizable than the Boss 302.

      • It really don’t matter where you put it, The BOSS is 3rd inline at Ford only to Shelby GT350, GT500. The 12-13 BOSS has its own engines Road Runner the MACH 1 doesn’t Coyote 5.0 the 69 up 302 and 429 BOSS bring way more money than any MACH 1

  3. Ford really missed the mark with not including the shaker hood option on the new Mach1!
    You seem awfully quick to merely roll over and just agree with Ford. It would be great if you really represented Ford enthusiasts positions rather than just pleasing the folks at Ford that are out of touch with their customer base. Baby boomers are not just buying horse power—we are buying memories. The fact that the shaker would not add any horse power is irrelevant. It adds memories and just should be there.

    • Gary – the thinking behind your entire comment is… what’s the word… plain wrong.

      First, you mention that people are buying memories. Let’s explore that a bit:
      1. How many of those who will buy the Mach 1 are actual baby boomers? Who is the actual target customer here?
      2. How many people would buy the new product just because it has the shaker hood and exudes the memories in question? Conversely, how many people would not buy the product because it does not have the shaker hood?
      3. Given that the shaker hood was a low take rate option when it was available, there are probably not that many actual memories formed around it.

      I would argue that, like all products, the Mustang evolves. What was considered a key feature decades ago could very well be irrelevant now… much like the hood in question. Now, since you’re the one who thinks the mark was missed, the burden falls on you to prove your position.

      Additionally, nobody is rolling over, agreeing, disagreeing, pleasing, displeasing, or anything of the sort. What Ford Authority is doing is reporting and explaining Ford’s position. If you want to agree, disagree, or otherwise voice your opinion, you can do so in the comments, as you have done.

      • Gary you can’t be serious. You want memories then go buy the car that brings back your prized memories. Go buy a restored 69! Do you expect the new Mach 1 to also have an old school AM/FM style radio deck with manual controls and a 4-way manual seat adjustment? Of course not. So why is the shaker hood any different?

        The new Mach 1 is a 2021 model. It is called 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Ford didn’t call it 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1, take 2. All things grow, evolve, change. Seems like you can’t deal.

        • Correction it’s a BULLITT Ford calls MACH 1 because of a stripe package that comes in more colors. We not talking about radios, we talking about HOODS and without the SHAKER or RAM AIM it’s parts bin PONY 69 or 21 If Ford is smart they still have time they should change the hood before it comes to market. Key selling point for $70k SHAKER OR RAM AIR IS NEEDED

      • Your plan wrong most kids today can’t afford a $70k plus Mustang. The customers who remember the SHAKER HOOD would be inline 1st. Ford made the SHAKER standard on all 03-04 models so what’s the problem today another $1000. The SHAKER HOOD is way more important than the $1000 or more Ford spent on the tapes & stripes. To make it Unique MACH 1 needs the SHAKER or RAM AIR HOOD period

        • 1. Who are these kids you speak of? 30 and 40 something guys and gals can no doubt afford one. There are 20 year olds driving GT500s, so they can also afford it.
          2. Who is talking about a $70K Mustang, anyway? Your pricing is way out of the zone of reality.

          • It seems that Gary and his buddy Roy are missing the forest for the trees. The Mach 1 ROY is a handling car. It has an entirely different suspension than Bullitt. Strike three, you out!

  4. OK…I thought a Shaker hood would be a nice touch on the new Mach 1. I don’t THINK there’s an argument there. It’s not being offered so that’s that, but, why didn’t Ford give it it’s own style hood ? The ’71 Mach 1’s had NACA scoops in the hood. They could have designed a hood with those scoops and made the driver side scoop functional for the open element air filter under the hood. The Dodge Challenger has at least 3 different hoods for their different models so it can’t be that hard to do. Someone mentioned that the Mustang is evolving. Well, why doesn’t Ford put some “evolution” into that “bored to death” looking stock Mustang hood and do something special for the Mach 1 ? For 60 thousand dollars I would expect something different, that’s all.

    • Vinny I totally agree with you the 71 MACH 1 came with RAM AIR hood for $70k plus Ford was so lazy they couldn’t even do that. While Dodge is 1 and 2 in sales to Mustang because of all the different models and looks they bring out

  5. I was sold on this new Mach 1 when it came with the TREMEC transmission (instead of that trash Getrag MT-82), GT350 parts, and handling package; I can do without a nonfunctional “shaker hood”!

  6. No one wants a Mach-1 with no shaker…this is pathetic and just adds insult to injury. First dirtying the mach name with the pathetic Mach-E now no shaker hood on the Mach-1. FORD will loose customers making dumb decisions like this. Guess there is a reason why i went with a Z06.

  7. I had several Mach 1s over the years. And fully restored a 69 and won trophies at car shows.
    I also owned a 03. I liked the mach 1 for the shaker hood. However I still liked the 69/70 with the added scoop as well. The younger people who are in the market to buy this new car are probably not concerned with having a hood scoop or not. I think it sucks even calling it a Mach 1 without a hood to give the impression of the old mach 1 style is a miss. However the new market well probably forgive this and move on. Times change. Just have to wait and see over the next year just how the public reacts to in in sales. But us old geezers wont our hoods scoop/shaker. lol

  8. I bought the 2021 Mach 1 Special edition. Manual transmission. Let me tell you the car is Awesome. The shaker hood did not factor in at all. I have heard this 2021 Mach 1 is the best factory car ever produced in America. I agree. Its phenomenal. I Love it. Great job Ford. Thank you.

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