Motoring: Ford Mustang Mach 1




If you’re under a certain age, you might not appreciate the significance of ‘Mach 1’, but it was a performance-focused variant of the Mustang from the 1960s.

In layperson’s terms, this should be quicker, more aggressive-looking and have superior handling than a standard Mustang.

Ford has announced that the limited-edition, high-performance Mustang Mach 1 will be available to customers in Europe for the first time ever.

Ford is positioning the Mach 1 as a track car. The Shelby variants of the Mustang aren’t available on these shores, so the Mach 1 is the go-to motor for those who want a Mustang capable of more than just being a muscle machine.

The automaker hopes that’s been achieved by stiffening up the suspension, introducing a limited-slip differential and fitting Brembo brakes. That is in addition to a host of other modifications, including adaptive dampers.

460PS is offered, too, thanks to the 5.0-litre V8. You get a ten-speed automatic, too, which is good, but sometimes it doesn’t know which gear to be in due to having too many choices.

As you’d imagine, the noise the Mach 1 makes is joyful.

Zero to 62mph is dispatched in 4.4 seconds, and it feels as powerful as it sounds.

There is also an aerodynamics upgrade that increases downforce by around a quarter, which aids the handling.

The steering has been sharpened up, making the Mustang more precise and easier to place around a bend – something the standard car is less adept at.

The suspension means there’s little to no springiness in the ride, but while the Mustang has never been a Rolls Royce in terms of ride comfort, it isn’t back breaking.

Inside, the seats are comfortable, and, for a sports car, it’s pretty handy, with decent storage, silver trim and an infotainment screen with Ford’s SYNC 3 system.

Regarding running costs, it’s best you don’t ask. I didn’t get above 17mpg, although the official figure is 24.1mpg – and you’ll be road-taxed to the hilt.

But this is a revival of the 60s/70s Mach 1 spirit, and as a result, it’s very much one for you if you’re a purist, collector, or Mustang fanatic.

Fast Facts – Ford Mustang (Mach 1) as tested:

  • Max speed: 155 mph
  • 0-62 mph: 4.4 secs
  • Combined mpg: 24.1mpg
  • Engine layout: 5.0-litre V8
  • Max. power (PS): 460
  • CO2: 270 g/km
  • Price: £62,075
All photo credits: Ford

Tim Barnes-Clay

Tim Barnes-Clay is Sorted Magazine’s Motoring Editor. He test-drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches around the world. The dad-of-three has a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism and has been a presenter and producer at ITV Central. He has also worked as a radio reporter and undertakes video and voiceover work. You can follow and interact with Tim on Instagram @tbarnesclay

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