358kW Ford Mustang Mach 1 will be sold worldwide

The mighty 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will be sold outside of its home market of North America, according to a confirmation received by Ford Authority from sources inside of Ford.

Packing the same 358kW/569Nm naturally aspirated 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine as the Bullitt, this cross-plane crank unit doesn’t quite hit the lofty heights of the 5.2-litre Voodoo flat-plane crank V8 of the GT350 and GT350R which churns out 392kW and 582Nm of torque, but is more readily available than the GT350 that was limited to its domestic market.

However, you’ll be treated to a selection of parts lifted straight from the GT350, including its 10-speed automatic transmission or rev-matching six-speed Tremec manual, oil cooler system, oil filter adapter, intake manifold, rear-axle coolers, and rear valence. Additional Shelby-ness also comes courtesy of the GT500’s 4.5-inch exhaust.

The Mach 1 gets the latest Magneride damper calibration, a stiffer steering I-shaft, new power steering calibration, stiffer sway bars and front springs. It is also equipped with the GT500’s rear toe-link and rear subframe with stiffer bushings.

To recapture the aesthetic of the Mach 1’s ancestor, the 2021 model uses a deep, 3D mesh, along with a shark-nosed section and faux auxiliary lamp elements. The pony badge comes with a low-gloss finish, while black accents add to the contrasting visual elements on the Mach 1.

Functional bodywork unique to the Mach 1 includes a new underbelly pan which extends rearwards a further 20 inches compared to that of the Mustang GT Performance Pack to better smooth airflow under the front of the car.

There are special airfoils in the belly pan for the brake cooling ramps to improve both downforce and brake cooling flow – a first for the Mustang according to Ford.

On each corner is a five-spoke modernised version of the Magnum 500 aluminium wheel in Tarnished Dark finish, measuring 9.5 x 19 inches up front, and 10 x 19 inches at the rear. Those opting for the Handling Package gets wider 10.5 x 19-inch and 11 x 19-inch aluminium wheels front and rear, respectively, also finished in Tarnished Dark paint.

The Handling Package is paired exclusively with the six-speed manual transmission and comes with a larger, high-downforce front splitter, new front wheel lip mouldings, a low-gloss spoiler with Gurney flap and rear tyre spats from the Shelby GT500.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is expected to hit global markets next year.

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