Ford has announced that the limited-edition Mustang Mach 1 will be coming to South Africa – with 90 units set to be on offer.
The car will feature a “specially-calibrated” 5.0-litre V8 engine that puts out 338kW and 529Nm – and can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission from the Shelby GT350, or a 10-speed automatic box.
Both transmissions receive “numerous performance, cooling, and calibration enhancements” which are unique to the Mach 1, stated Ford.
“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,” said Ford.
The design of the Ford Mustang Mach 1 features a track-focused look, headlined by a Mach 1 grille that pays tribute to the original car.
Low-gloss, magnetic dark grey and black accents have then been used to enhance the look, and are complemented by a rear spoiler that helps the Mach 1 generate 22% more downforce than the Mustang GT with Performance Pack.
“New 19-inch, five-spoke aluminium wheels are a modern interpretation of the classic Mach 1 Magnum 500 style wheels, fitted with 255/40 R19 tyres in front and 275/40 R19 versions at the rear,” said Ford.
Handling has been updated too, with the latest MagneRide adaptive suspension system installed, and the inclusion of performance-oriented electric power steering calibrations, stiffer bars and springs, and an upgraded brake booster.
“And, as expected of a track-focused Mustang, the available Drive Modes includes a track mode, and track apps with launch control.”
On the inside, the Mustang features orange seat accents, a Dark Spindrift instrument panel with aluminium accents, new door sill plates, and an updated splash screen on the 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster.
Pricing and final launch date for the Ford Mustang Mach 1 in South Africa are yet to be confirmed.