PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford has announced that a limited-edition, high-performance, Mustang Mach 1 will be available in Europe for the first time.
The cars had their European debut at Goodwood SpeedWeek but in front of a global virtual audience which claimed the Mustang Mach 1 would be the best-handling production Mustang yet.
Performance is boosted to a level worthy of the iconic Mach 1 moniker with enhanced aerodynamics, a specially-calibrated 343kW, five-litre, V8 engine and uprated cooling for improved track capability.
The Mach 1 will also be the first production Mustang in Europe available to have a high-performance Tremec six-speed manual transmission containing rev-matching technology for seamless downshifts and an upgraded oil-cooler.
A 10-speed autobox will also be available.
The suspension, Ford says, further enhances road performance and track-readiness. Specially-calibrated MagneRide dampers and bespoke springs, anti-roll bars and bush specifications deliver improved control and response under high cornering loads.
Re-tuned electric power-steering software enables the Mach 1 to offer the most precise steering of any Mustang and, the automaker says, ”the result is the fastest production Mustang around a track yet offered to customers in Europe”.
The cars are also bring exterior design that recalls the iconic Mach 1 Mustangs of the 1960s and 1970s: bold bonnet and side stripes, performance derived styling, and 19” alloy wheel rims.
The limited-edition model will be available in Europe in a unique set of eight body colours, stripes, and contrast-line combinations reminiscent of the distinctive design of the original car.
Each unit will be individually numbered with a distinctive plaque according to its build order.
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Matthias Tonn, Mustang Mach 1 chief programme engineer for Europe, told The Corner in a media release: “The original Mach 1 delivered great production Mustang performance and proved itself with success in motorsport.”
The media release did not indicate whether the Mach 1 will reach South Africa.