Ford is bringing the Mustang Mach 1 to this side of the lake. The limited, historically accurate Mach 1 has a sportier orientation and has been adapted both in appearance and technically. Ford Netherlands confirms to Techzle that the Mustang Mach 1 is also coming to the Netherlands.
According to Ford, the Mustang Mach 1 is ‘the best handling Mustang’ the brand offers to its European customers. The list of subcutaneous adjustments that have been made suggests that this claim was not entirely unfounded. The Mach 1 has, among other things, a modified chassis with MagneRide dampers and improved stabilizer bars. The software for the electric power steering has also been revised. The naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 delivers 460 hp and 529 Nm of torque in European trim, 10 hp more than the Mustang GT. The couple has remained the same. Perhaps more interesting is that the redline by 7,500 rpm compared to the GT by 1,000 rpm. In addition, the Mach 1 has a modified exhaust with a valve system. So that most likely guarantees the necessary auditory spectacle.
To ensure that the V8 can continue to do its job well on the track, the cooling system of the Shelby GT350 has been fitted. Two options are available for the transmission: a six-speed manual from Tremec, which has shorter shift travel and automatic rev-match, or a ten-speed automatic. The exterior of the Mach 1 has been historically adjusted. The hood and side stripe refers to the 1969 Mach 1 model, while the diffuser is from the Shelby GT500. Additional air intakes and a more pronounced splitter have been added to the front. Of course, the necessary Mach 1 logos indicate to unwitting outsiders that they are dealing with a fierce Mustang. In the interior, changes are limited to other stitching and trim. There is a plaque on the dashboard stating the production number of the car.
Less power for Europe
The European version of the Mustang Mach 1 differs little or nothing from its American counterpart in appearance. It is true that the power is considerably reduced. In America, the Mach 1 has 487 hp (480 hp) and 569 Nm of torque, which means that the difference is 27 hp and 40 Nm. It probably has something to do with the emission requirements that apply here. Further performance figures of the Mach 1 are not yet known. The price is not yet known, but the Mustang GT with automatic transmission costs € 93,010 here. It is therefore obvious that the Mach 1 will pass the limit of € 100,000.