The very first examples of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 have already left the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant and are on their way to customers, but those examples will look slightly different than the ones we’ve previously seen. This is because designers made a few subtle tweaks to the Mach 1’s styling in an effort to ensure the returning legend is just right for consumers.
“With any program, you want everything to be perfect, but when you’re bringing back a classic like Mach 1, it is imperative,” said Ford senior advanced designer Anthony Colard. “This team just kept pushing and pushing for perfection.”
These styling changes aren’t anything earth-shaking, of course, but they are noticeable if you compare them side-by-side with the original photos of the car. First, designers took the previously all-black Mach 1 badges and gave them a silver border to help them better stand out against darker-colored exterior paint.
Next, Ford changed the lower front grille from Magnetic Gray to low-gloss black to make the front end “even more menacing,” according to Colard. Finally, the fender striping was tweaked at the front edge to improve both quality and production processing.
Will most people even notice these subtle changes? Probably not, but as Ford points out, in the world of the Ford Mustang, every little nuance serves a purpose. The team wanted to ensure that the reborn Mach 1 was absolutely perfect and worthy of living up to its predecessors, and it’s clearly pleased with the finished product.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is powered by a modified version of Ford’s 5.0L Coyote V8, which produces 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Transmission options consist of Tremec’s 3160 6-speed manual and Ford’s 10-speed automatic gearbox, the latter of which will be available in conjunction with the Handling Package.
Underneath, the Mach 1 features 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, a rear subframe with stiffer bushings, and a rear toe-link from the Shelby GT500.
The base Mach 1 rides on new 19-inch x 9.5-inch and 19-inch x 10-inch five-spoke Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels, while the Handling Package comes with 19-inch x 10.5-inch front, and 19-inch x 11-inch rear Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels. Both models also feature a host of additional aero bits that increase downforce to aid impressive track performance.
The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 will start out at $52,915, including destination and delivery, while the Handling Package adds another $3,500 to bring that base MSRP up to $56,415.