A fresh report out of the United States claims Ford has confirmed its new Mustang Mach 1 will be sold “globally”.
Revealed in June 2020, the new special-edition Mustang Mach 1 is effectively a 358 kW homage to the original of 1969. And now, according to Ford Authority, the brand has confirmed the new model will be sold in various markets around the world, unlike the Shelby GT350.
Of course, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has yet to say whether there are plans to bring the Mustang Mach 1 to local shores but there’s certainly now a chance seeing as right-hand drive appears to be very much on the table.
As a reminder, the Mach 1 offers unique aerodynamic enhancements (and thus increased downforce), “competition-capable” suspension upgrades and an updated cabin. The Blue Oval brand says it is set to become the “most track-capable 5,0-litre Mustang ever”, courtesy of its redesigned front end plus various Ford Performance parts from the Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500 models.
And under the bonnet? Well, Ford has dropped in a “specially calibrated” naturally aspirated 5,0-litre V8 with a “projected” 358 kW at 7 000 r/min and 569 N.m at 4 600 r/min (while the Mustang Bullitt offered in the US makes the same peak power, the SA-spec version generates 338 kW).
The Shelby GT350’s six-speed manual gearbox ships standard, although (unlike the Bullitt) a ten-speed automatic transmission will be offered as an option. The engine furthermore gains various “revised” Shelby GT350 components, including the intake manifold, oil filter adapter and engine oil cooler, increasing engine oil cooling capability by a claimed 50 percent.
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