Mustang fans in Europe have a new reason to cheer...kind of

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is headed to the Old Continent. No, it’s not going there for test runs at the Nurburgring — it already did that — nor is it going there to be showcased at an auto event — it just made its debut at Goodwood SpeedWeek — only to return to the U.S. as an America-only special edition Mustang. The Mustang Mach 1 is coming to Europe, and, more importantly, it will be staying in Europe.

Why is the Mustang Mach 1’s availability in Europe a big deal?

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It’s a big deal because Europe doesn’t always get special edition Ford Mustangs. In some ways, Ford got that ball rolling when it made the third-generation Mustang Bullitt available in Europe back in 2018. It didn’t matter that Europeans didn’t have as much of an emotional attachment to the Bullitt nameplate as American fans who swear by the altar of Steve McQueen. That same sentiment holds true with the Mustang Mach 1. This isn’t your typical Ford muscle car. Not by a long shot.

What can European customers expect from the Euro-spec Ford Mustang Mach 1?

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A lot of the same, but with one notable difference.

From a visual and aesthetic standpoint, the Euro-spec Mustang Mach 1 will carry the same style and design as its American counterpart, inheriting a lot of the parts and pieces from the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and GT500.

Similar aerodynamic upgrades are also included in the European-facing Mustang Mach 1, as well as the exclusive set of 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber tires. Even the choice between a six-speed manual transmission and a ten-speed automatic will be the same in Europe as it is in the U.S. But there is one difference between the two Mustang Mach 1 versions, and it is a big one.

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The Euro-spec Ford Mustang Mach 1 is powered by the same naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 engine as the U.S.-spec model.

Unfortunately, this V-8 only produces 453 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

Now, those figures are impressive on their own, but compared to the U.S.-spec Mustang Mach 1, the European version has a power deficiency of 27 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque. For the record, Mustang Mach 1 models sold in the U.S. are powered by the same naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 engine with output dialed up to 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

Why the discrepancy in output?

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While Ford has not explicitly said anything regarding the different output levels between the U.S.-spec Mustang Mach 1 and its European alter-ego, the likely reason revolves around more stringent emissions regulations across the Atlantic. These regulations could have forced Ford to dial down the output for the purpose of selling the special edition Mustang in Europe without having to worry about breaking these regulations.

Remember, Ford did the same thing with the Mustang Bullitt when it sold the special edition ‘Stang in the Old Continent. The Euro-spec Mustang Bullitt was offered with the same 5.0-liter V-8 engine, producing 457 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. That’s a lower output compared to the American version, which produced 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Notice, too, the similarities in power output between the two special edition models?

These discrepancies don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, right?

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No, they don’t, or at least that’s what Ford says. The Blue Oval claims that even with a lower output than its American counterpart, the Euro-spec Mustang Mach 1 is still the quickest ‘Stang to go around a track in Europe. In Ford’s eyes, that should still count for something.

How much is a Ford Mustang Mach 1 in Europe?

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Ford hasn’t announced pricing details for the Mustang Mach 1 in Europe. The automaker did say that order books will soon open in the German market and pricing for that market will be released closer to the muscle car’s launch date. Without an actual price tag, we can assume that the Mustang Mach 1 will be slightly more expensive than the Mustang Bullitt if the pricing structure of both special edition ’Stangs follows the prices of their U.S. counterparts.

We know that the Mustang Bullitt’s price started at $48,170 in America while the Mustang Mach 1’s price starts at $52,915. That’s a price difference of around $4,800.

With that in mind, it’s reasonable to expect a similar price gap between the two models in Europe. With the Bullitt priced from €54,443 in Germany, a starting price of around €58,000 for the Mach 1 isn’t unreasonable to assume.

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

Making its European debut at Goodwood SpeedWeek in front of a global virtual audience, the Mustang Mach 1 is the best-handling production Mustang ever offered to customers in Europe.

Performance is boosted to a level worthy of the iconic Mach 1 moniker with enhanced aerodynamics, a specially-calibrated 460PS 5.0-litre V8 1 engine and uprated cooling for improved track capability.

The Mach 1 is also the first production Mustang in Europe available with a high-performance TREMEC six-speed manual transmission, featuring rev-matching technology for seamless down-shifts and an upgraded oil-cooler system for high-demand performance driving. Customers can alternatively specify Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, featuring an upgraded oil-cooler and recalibrated software for optimised performance in road and track driving conditions.

A unique suspension setup further enhances road performance and track-readiness. Specially-calibrated MagneRide® 2 dampers and bespoke springs, anti-roll bars and bush specifications deliver improved control and response under high cornering loads. Retuned electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) software enables the Mach 1 to offer the most precise steering of any Mustang in Europe.

The result is the fastest production Mustang around a track ever offered to customers in Europe.

In addition to its performance credentials, the Mustang Mach 1 brings exterior design that recalls the iconic Mach 1 Mustangs of the 1960s and 1970s, with bold bonnet and side stripes, performance-derived body-styling and unique 19-inch alloy wheels. The limited-edition model is available in a unique set of eight body colour, stripe and contrast-line combinations, echoing the distinctive design of the original car. Each Mustang Mach 1 is individually numbered with a distinctive plaque according to its build order.

“The original Mach 1 delivered the ultimate in production Mustang performance and proved itself with success in motorsport,” said Matthias Tonn, Mustang Mach 1 chief programme engineer for Europe. “The new Mach 1 is the most capable Mustang ever to reach Europe, with track-ready ability and a unique style that is more than worthy of wearing such a legendary badge.”

To celebrate the launch of the Mustang Mach 1, Ford has created a world-first interactive experience through which users can create their own short video using an online app. Users can choose the colour of their Mach 1 and their preferred camera angles to create a unique, short video that they can share on social media. The app also offers users an augmented reality experience, enabling them to “place” a digital Mustang Mach 1 in a real-world environment.

To try the interactive experience, visit https://fordmustangmach1ar.com.

Iconic V8 muscle

The Mustang Mach 1 features a 460PS version of Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 all-aluminium petrol engine – specially modified for improved performance both on the road and on track.

An Open Air Induction System, intake manifold and 87mm throttle bodies are shared with the Mustang Shelby GT350 model available to Ford North America customers, increasing the free flow of air into the engine. The enhanced breathing works alongside recalibrated engine management software and a combination of low-pressure port fuel injection and high-pressure direct fuel injection for a “reward-to-rev” character and 7,500rpm red line. Peak power is delivered at 7,500rpm, with peak torque of 529Nm delivered at 4,600rpm.

An auxiliary engine oil-cooler, also shared with the Shelby GT350, works in partnership with a new engine oil filter adaptor to ensure optimum oil flow and consistent performance under high loads. The Mach 1’s uniquely tuned Active Valve Performance Exhaust features quad 4.5-inch tips to further enhance the unmistakable Ford V8 sound.

A choice of transmission options is designed to maximise performance, driveability and track capability. The TREMEC 3160 six-speed manual transmission uses a twin-disc clutch to comfortably manage aggressive, high-rpm gear-changes on track, and provides a short-throw shift action for fast, consistent shifts that maximise performance and fun-to-drive.

The TREMEC six-speed transmission features rev-matching for smooth, seamless gear-changes that enhance refinement on the road, and performance on the track. The technology uses the engine’s electronic control system to briefly “blip” the throttle as the driver downshifts – matching the engine rotation speed to that of the gear that is being selected. Flat shift capability is also delivered – allowing drivers to can engage the next gear without lifting the throttle pedal. The transmission’s enhanced performance is enabled in part using dedicated oil-cooling system to cope with the increased demand.

Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission includes an upgraded torque converter and unique calibration for Mustang Mach 1, optimising torque capability, shift character and overall performance. A second air-to-oil cooler increases cooling capacity by 75 per cent to manage high-load driving situations. Manual and automatic models include an additional rear axle cooling system that further supports track driving, and are also fitted with a limited-slip differential as standard, enhancing traction both in a straight line and when exiting corners.

Ready to race

The Mustang Mach 1 benefits from a series of aerodynamic changes that bring performance gains as well as providing a distinctive look that pays homage to the styling of the original models.

A unique front-end configuration includes a new two-piece upper grille, new lower grille and splitter, and new side grilles: all contributing to the improved aerodynamic and cooling performance.

The Mustang Mach 1 creates 22 per cent more downforce than the Mustang GT, supported by a rear diffuser design shared with the Mustang Shelby GT500 model available to Ford North America customers, and a longer undertray that incorporates dedicated fins that direct cooling air to the brakes. The shape of the front splitter has been designed to deliver increased downforce for improved grip on track, while the bespoke, single-deck rear spoiler has been matched to the front aerodynamics to ensure the perfect lift balance from front to rear.

Bespoke suspension tuning is designed to cope with the high demands of track driving. The MagneRide® 2 adjustable suspension system electronically controls the magnetorheological fluid inside the damper to respond in real time to changing road conditions, and has been recalibrated for optimum performance alongside the stiffer front springs and anti-roll bars. In addition to the new EPAS calibration, Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT500 subframes and toe-link components contribute to the sharpest Mustang steering responses in Europe yet.

The Mustang Mach 1 also gains a higher specification brake booster with a faster response time, ensuring quick and consistent braking performance even under high loads. Unique five-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels that are 0.5 inches wider front and rear, and fitted with track-ready Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.

Iconic design reborn

Distinctive, race-derived and aero-influenced styling has been a core component of every generation of Mustang Mach 1, enhanced with charismatic colour and decal combinations.

Customers of the latest limited-edition model have a choice of eight combinations for body colour and bold bonnet and side stripes, including Fighter Jet Grey with Satin Black/Reflective Orange stripes; Iconic Silver, Shadow Black and Oxford White with Satin Black/Red stripes, or Velocity Blue, Twister Orange, Race Red and Grabber Yellow with Satin Black/White stripes.

Mustang Mach 1 upper and lower front grilles are finished in gloss black, and the iconic Mach 1 logo appears on the rear deck-lid and on each front wing.

The interior is distinguished by an Ebony colour scheme and Dark Engine turned aluminium detailing, while the leather sports seats feature Metal Grey stitching. Each Mustang Mach 1 features a unique dashboard badge featuring the Mach 1 logo and build number, complemented by unique sill plates and a new start-up display on the 12-inch digital instrument display cluster.

Standard comfort and convenience technologies include heated and cooled front seats, Ford’s sophisticated SYNC 3 connectivity system, 3 a premium 12-speaker B&O Sound System, and FordPass Connect 4 modem for enhanced connectivity.

“The Mach 1 not only looks the part, but has the hardware to deliver on-track thrills and on-road driving pleasure that Mustang enthusiasts demand,” Tonn said. “It’s the most exciting Mustang in Europe to-date, and we are thrilled to be bringing the iconic Mach 1 name to Europe for the first time.”

First introduced in 1969, the Mustang Mach 1 extended the performance of the Mustang GT model with a number of enhancements including more powerful V8 engines, competition suspension and bespoke styling. The first-generation Mach 1 set 295 speed and endurance records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and racing teams using the Mach 1 earned back-to-back SCCA Manufacturer’s Rally Championships in 1969 and 1970. New or updated versions were introduced in 1971, 1974, and 2003. More than 300,000 Mustang Mach 1 vehicles have been produced since 1969.

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