You should be excited.
Late last month, Ford confirmed something we long suspected: the Mustang Mach 1 is making a comeback for model year 2021 following a 17-year market absence. Sadly, its return will come at the expense of the wicked cool Ford Mustang Bullitt. Fortunately, Ford will not be leaving power-hungry fans disappointed. Although official figures have yet to be announced, Ford Authority claims the 5.0-liter V8-powered 2021 Mach 1 will receive a significant horsepower boost over not only the Mustang GT but also the Bullitt. So much power are we talking here?
Sources claim Ford Performance engineers are aiming for a total of 525 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. To compare, the Bullitt offers 480 hp and 420 lb-ft, already a 20 hp improvement. If this report is accurate, then the Mach 1 will have an impressive 75 hp and 30 lb-ft advantage over the Mustang GT without requiring a supercharger.
Not that we're complaining, but why does Ford want such a significant power increase over the already highly capable Bullitt? For one thing, it's important to offer some sort of added value. Restyling the muscle car with unique Mach 1 bits isn't good enough. And second, the Mach 1 will serve as the unofficial replacement for the Mustang Shelby GT350, which we previously reported is likely to cease production at the end of the current model year.
The GT350, as we all know, is powered by a flat-plane crank 5.2-liter Voodoo V8 with 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of twist. The Mach 1 could have nearly the same output.
It's also important to note Ford previously stated the Mach 1 will be "the most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever. Combined with the upgraded 5.0-liter V8 and other track attack features, the Mach 1 will be a worthy replacement for two already outstanding Mustangs. A full reveal is expected to take place by the end of the year.