It has been nearly 2 many years since Ford launched a Mustang Mach 1 into its vary, however the 2022 mannequin yr is blessing us with an all-new model. When you thought that the common Mustang 5.0L V8 mannequin was a pony automobile of efficiency, then simply wait till you get your arms on the brand new Mach 1. Having mentioned that, it’s a restricted version and so gained’t be round perpetually. After 17 years of ready, Ford has delivered some premium upgrades to this Mustang, which we’ll element additional in our evaluate beneath.
The Mach 1’s personal 5.0L V8 engine is one thing to marvel at because it outputs as much as 480-hp at 7,000-rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4,600-rpm. The engine has been specifically designed and calibrated as a brand new mannequin however one that may simply tackle the likes of the outgoing Bullitt mannequin beforehand supplied.
From the Shelby GT350, the Mach 1 takes its commonplace Tremec 6-speed guide transmission, however consumers may even have a selection of putting in a 10-speed computerized transmission with paddle shifters. When you do take the guide transmission, you’ll get that very same magnificent white cue-ball prime on the gearshift that evoked the Bullitt spirit in that mannequin.
The presents from the GT350 don’t cease there. The entrance and rear subframe on the Mach 1 are the identical because the GT350, solely with stuffer bushings. The engine additionally will get the identical consumption manifold, oil filter adapter, and engine oil cooler because the GT350. From the Shelby GT500, the Mach 1 inherits a rear axle cooling system, rear diffuser, and a rear toe hyperlink.
Maybe we’re making it sound like one thing of a Frankenstein’s monster, however actually it’s about serving to this new limited-edition Mach 1 to mirror every part that’s greatest concerning the Mustang marque. As well as, not every part that comes with the Mach 1 is inherited.
Uniquely Mach 1
With many parts being taken from different Mustang fashions, it’s straightforward to think about this new Mach 1 as missing its personal distinctive id. The very fact is that Ford has in-built many distinctly “Mach 1” options that assist distinguish this new limited-edition mannequin. Beginning on the entrance finish, the entrance grille delivers a powerful nod to the earlier Mach 1. It’s made with 3D mesh, a shark nostril and pretend lamps in-built. It’s an attractive little bit of retro styling with a contemporary twist.
Once you take a look at the badging of this mannequin, too, you’ll be shocked by how trustworthy Ford is to the unique design premise, utilizing a low-gloss magnetic look with black accents. The stability between traditional and premium could be very effectively laid out. There are additionally new exterior components for the Mach 1 that work in tandem with its inherited components, with the perfect instance being the entrance splitter.
The front-end includes a bigger, uniquely designed entrance splitter that delivers higher downforce than any earlier mannequin. The lip moldings on the entrance wheels are new, as is the low-gloss magnetic swing spoiler. All of those create nice stability with the rear tire spats that the automobile borrows from the GT500. Collectively the options make the Mach 1 a novel efficiency automobile. The cooling and aerodynamics are each improved on this mannequin, and extra touches like physique stripes completely recreate Mustang’s signature racetrack look.
On the Inside
Up to now, the one inside element we’ve mentioned is the guide gear shift, which options the white cue ball that you just bought with the Bullitt version. On prime of that, Ford offers you what they name the Darkish Spindrift instrument panel set at 12.3” and all digital, accented in aluminum.
When paired along with the black seats with accent stripe, new door sill plates, and an engraved badge exhibiting the distinctive chassis variety of every mannequin, it augments the driving expertise immensely. These chassis numbers will carry collector’s worth, too, since it is a restricted version.
17 Years within the Making
When you ever drove the earlier Mach 1, then this new mannequin has been a very long time coming. The 2022 Mach 1 isn’t only a bridge between GT and Shelby editions, but additionally a novel and particular automobile in its personal proper; a surprising new addition to the Mustang lineup. On the floor a few of the modifications seem beauty solely, however upon driving and seeing what that 5.0L V8 can actually do, you’re feeling and admire the Mach 1 distinction.