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

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.

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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Comments

  1. Roy Chile’s

    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

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    1. Gabe Colston

      “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.

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      1. Roy Chile’s

        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

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        1. Gabe Colston

          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!!!

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    2. Eritor

      I just love how car owners, who are not in the automotive business, think they know better than the actual engineers.

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  2. Roy Chile’s

    All 3 of The BOSS 302, 351, 429 are above MACH 1 then, the 2012-13 BOSS 302 and Laguna Sega are above it now

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  3. Gary Bruebaker

    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.

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    1. Alex Luft

      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.

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      1. Bryce Z

        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.

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        1. Roy Chile’s

          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

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      2. Roy Chile’s

        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

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        1. Alex Luft

          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.

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          1. Sean Mullins

            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!

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  4. Eritor

    Somebody break out the violins. C’mon Bruebaker, even you have to admit that was a corny response.

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  5. vinny trotta

    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.

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    1. Roy Chile’s

      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

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  6. vinny trotta

    I totally agree, Roy.

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  7. Bruce

    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”!

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  8. Sparky

    I don’t care what tge naysayers think. This Mustang needs a Shaker hood.

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  9. nauticalone345

    Does anyone yet have any idea just how much of a “limited edition” this new Mach 1 will be?

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  10. Lee

    For what one cost they all should come with a shaker and not as a option

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  11. lee

    I bet it’s not long till the aftermarket guys come up with a shaker for it
    or a new hood and a shaker kit
    you watch

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  12. Leggomyeggo

    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.

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  13. kirk hall

    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

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  14. Daniel

    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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