Watch Ford Mustang Mach 1 In Action For First Time

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It sounds amazing blasting around the Nurburgring.

When Ford announced the return of the legendary Mach 1 nameplate back in June, we were as excited as any other Ford fan across the country. The car, which is set to replace the Mustang Bullitt (and perhaps even the Mustang Shelby GT350) picks up where the last Mach 1 left off 17 years ago and will go on sale next spring. Ford is yet to reveal how many of these track-focused limited editions weapons will be built, but while don't know exact numbers, we do know that this 480-horsepower sports car is getting ready to destroy the competition. Having seen stationary images of the car, a recent video shot at the Nurburgring gives us a chance to see and hear it in action for the first time.

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Two cars have been filmed sporting the Mach 1 livery and four massive exhaust exits. The sound these cars emanate is heavenly. The Mach 1 is powered by the same 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine as found in the Mustang GT, but in this guise produces 20 hp more at a redline of 7,500 rpm. What makes the Mach 1 more special is the fact that it sees the addition of the Shelby GT350 Mustang's higher-flowing intake manifold, oil cooler, and oil filter adapter. The Shelby GT350's six-speed manual transmission has also been borrowed but now comes with automatic rev-matching, but a ten-speed automatic will also be available.

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As we can see in the video, the Mach 1 sports a unique front end that features a new two-piece upper grille, a redesigned lower grille, and new side grilles. These aerodynamic improvements give the new car 22 percent more downforce over the GT with the additional Performance Pack Level 1. The new track toy will be offered with many factory improvements including Shelby GT500 aerodynamic parts. The current sixth-generation Mustang is nearing the end of its life cycle, and the Mach 1 should prove to be the perfect sendoff.

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