Just 90 units of the 338 kW Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback coupé have been allocated to the South African market.
“The Mustang has achieved legendary status as a performance icon around the world, and in South Africa too,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager for Marketing at Ford South Africa. “The remarkable success of the Mustang Bullitt proved South Africans have an appetite for exclusive, limited-edition models and we are proud to extend the Mustang’s rich heritage with the launch of the Mach 1.
“Like the 1969 original, the Mustang Mach 1 bridges the gap between the standard Mustang GT and the high-performance Shelby models, delivering V8 power, unique functional aerodynamic enhancements, competition-capable suspension upgrades and a driver-focused cockpit.”
It becomes the most track-capable 5,0-litre Mustang yet, courtesy of a newly designed front end, plus Ford Performance parts derived from the Mustang Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500 models.
The performance of the specially calibrated 5,0-litre V8 engine matches that of the Mustang Bullitt, producing 338 kW of power and 529 Nm of torque. Mach 1 buyers can select the high-performance six-speed manual transmission derived from the Shelby GT350, or there is the option of Ford’s 10-speed automatic. Both transmissions receive numerous performance, cooling and calibration enhancements that are specific to the Mach 1.
Visually, the Mach 1 is easily identifiable by the bold Mach 1 grille that pays tribute to the original, along with extensive use of low-gloss Magnetic dark grey and black accents.
This is complemented by a rear spoiler that helps the Mach 1 generate 22% more downforce than the Mustang GT with Performance Pack, which is standard in South Africa, as well as a rear axle cooling system and lower diffuser sourced from the mighty Shelby GT500.
New 19-inch five-spoke Tarnished Dark-painted aluminium wheels are a modern interpretation of the classic Mach 1 Magnum 500 style wheels, fitted with 255/40R19 tyres in front and 275/40R19 versions at the rear, giving the Mach 1 a sportier, more aggressive demeanour and enhanced handling prowess.
To further improve ride and handling, the Mach 1 features the latest MagneRide adaptive suspension, new performance-oriented electric power steering calibration, stiffer sway bars and front springs, an upgraded brake booster, a rear subframe with stiffer bushings and a rear toe-link from the Shelby GT500. And, as expected of a track-focused Mustang, the available Drive Modes includes a Track mode, and Track Apps with Launch Control.
All units destined for South Africa are painted in distinctive metallic Fighter Jet Grey with the Appearance Package as standard. Other distinctive elements include satin black bonnet and side stripes with orange accents, and orange-painted brake callipers. Additionally, the front fenders feature the legendary ‘Mach 1’ badging which reaffirms this model’s iconic lineage.
The same theme is carried through to the cabin thanks to orange seatback accents, and a Dark Spindrift instrument panel with aluminium accents. Other interior upgrades include new door sill plates, an updated splash screen on the 12,3-inch full LCD instrument cluster, Mach-1-branded door-sill scuff plates, and engraved badging on the instrument panel that displays the vehicle’s unique chassis number to reinforce its special, limited-edition status.