In 2019, we got the chance to spend a week with the Ford Mustang GT Convertible,, and it was an absolute blast to drive. In fact, we even described it as presenting a “few reasons why you still need a V-8.” Ever since then, we’ve been wondering about the four-cylinder Mustang, aka the Mustang EcoBoost. Can a Mustang with a four-cylinder engine really live up to the name of a thoroughbred muscle car? Well, after months of asking, a 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible landed in the parking lot outside of TopSpeed HQ. That car was destined to spend the next week with us, and now we want to give you our impression of the beast with a little but dominating heart.
This 2003-2004 SVT Cobra Terminator Is the Car You Probably Forgot About
The SVT Cobra Terminator was the end result of SVT boss John Coletti’s impression that the at-that-time new Mustang wasn’t quite up to the task performance-wise. So the 2002 Cobra R&D was sent from Team Mustang to Team SVT, and what came out, well, you know pretty darn well what came out.
Ford Mustang Mach 1 History - A Legendary Timeline Greatness
Originally available in just one trim and a GT Equipment Group that eventually became the familiar GT version, the Ford Mustang quickly evolved into a multi-model pony car. By the late 1960s, Ford was already offering two Shelby models, two Boss versions, and various region-specific variants. With five performance models in showrooms for the 1969 model year, Ford decided to introduce a sixth version: the Mach 1.
The first iteration of the Mach 1 remained in production in various forms until 1978. When the second-generation Mustang was discontinued, the Mach 1 nameplate was phased off for decades and didn’t return until 2003. After a short-lived stint with the fourth-gen ’Stang, the Mach 1 once again disappeared until 2020. Just like the Bullitt and the Boss, the Mach 1 is a unicorn Mustang. With the nameplate revived for the 2021 model year,, it’s the perfect time to have a look at its history and what made this badge famous.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a higher performance version of the sixth-generation Mustang. A limited-edition model that revives the Mach 1 nameplate after 17 years, the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 bridges the gap between the GT and the Shelby GT350 models. It’s essentially a Mustang GT with a more aggressive exterior and some parts from the Shelby GT350. Power comes from the standard 5.0-liter V-8 from the GT, but output matches that of the limited-edition Bullitt model. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is the fifth Mach 1 pony car produced since the late 1960s.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Has Arrived To Make Everything Right In the World
It’s been 17 years since Ford last offered a Mach 1 version of the Mustang, and the iconic nameplate finally returned. After it skipped the fifth-generation pony car, Ford revived the Mach 1 for the sixth-gen model, almost seven years after it debuted in late 2013. A bit late, we would say, but it’s better late than never. Just like its predecessors, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 combines a bold styling package with a beefed-up V-8 engine borrowed from the regular GT. Let’s see what it’s all about below.
Don’t Be Fooled – The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is Just a Shelby GT350 With a Smaller Engine
The good news is that the Mach 1 name is, in fact, returning after nearly two decades on the back burner. The even better news is that it’s returning for a track-capable Mustang, the very model it was always meant for. We don’t know much about the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 yet, but it will feature a powerful and naturally aspirated, 5.0-liter V-8, and it will sit at the top of the lineup if you exclude the Shelby GT350 and GT500, of course.
The Best Ford Mustangs of All Time
When you think of American cars, the Ford Mustang is among the first that comes into mind. It’s been around since 1964 and went through six generations that spawned all sorts of models and trims. It debuted as an affordable sports car and it quickly evolved into a powerful muscle car. It then became a not-so-powerful compact and switched to turbocharged performance in the 1980s. It rebound as a muscle car in the 1990s and became a full-fledged sports coupe in the 2010s. It comes with an incredibly vast history and it’s one of America’s greatest automotive legends. But what are the best Mustang models ever built? Let’s find out from the 13-model list below.
Watch Chip Foose Redesign The First-Gen Ford Bronco As A Hot-Rod
The first-gen Ford Bronco is much adored by enthusiasts and purists for its timeless, classic design philosophy. Even the celebrity automotive designer, Chip Foose, prefers this to other generations. Now, given the skills and talent of this man, he can put down his imagination of a car on paper. So, what does he do? He redesigns the first-gen Bronco as a drop-top hot rod and gives us a peek at a one-of-a-kind Bronco that may not be present in any parallel universe either. Do you dig it?
Ken Block’s Latest Video Showcases the Hoonifox and Hints at a Miami-Based Gymkhana Episode
Ken Block had a rough year in 2019. He showcased his brand-new Ford Escort Cosworth ahead of his World Tour debut, just for it to burn to the ground later that month. He still had the Hoonitruck, though, and now it looks like Mr. Block has a toy to play with. It’s called the Hoonifox and, you guessed it, it’s based on an old-school fox-body Mustang – something that is bound to be even cooler than the Mustang-based Hoonicorn V2.
All-Electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 Is Ford’s New Silent Rubber-Burning Monster
Last time we heard about the Cobra Jet moniker, Ford was releasing an anniversary edition that could scorch the quarter mile in eight seconds at 150 mph thanks to a souped up 5.2-liter V-8 and a 3.0-liter supercharger.
The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is the exact opposite of that. Not in terms of performance, but regarding what powers it
Unless your name is Ken Block and you own the Hoonicorn Mustang, an example of Ford’s pony car that spins all the four wheels has been unheard of so far. However, as FoMoCo looks to go down the electrification avenue for its Camaro fighter, the new Mustang might get all-wheel drive, albeit as an option.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Twin-Turbo by Fathouse
The Ford Mustang is no stranger to getting worked over by tuning companies, and the Shelby GT350 is a personal favorite thanks to the tunability of its naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter, “Voodoo” V-8. At 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, it’s pretty powerful, but there’s always room for more. And, that’s precisely why we’re looking at this Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 that has been impressively tuned by Fathouse Fabrications in Martinsville, Indiana.
This Rendering of a Shelby Super Snake Widebody Looks Downright Amazing
The tuning world isn’t short of widebody kit options ready to imbue the Ford Mustang’s aesthetics. Just have a look at past SEMA shows. But sometimes it’s the work of freelance pixel manipulators that excites the eyes.
Take this attempt at rendering a Ford Shelby Mustang Super Snake. It keeps all the elements that make the current Mustang a Mustang, all while adding beefed-up bits and bobs here and there without going over the top with it. Almost everything’s right about this rendering, from the overly aggressive front end to the sharpness of that rear wing.
The Next-Generation Ford Mustang Will Arrive in 2022 as a 2023 model!
It’s not often that we give a damn about who or what Ford is hiring, but this time around, a new job posting for an engineer at the Wind/Road Noise and Air Leakage Plant has exposed when the next-generation Mustang will actually arrive. So, if you’re itching to see what the next-gen Mustang will look like, the wait isn’t going to be long at all.
Video: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Races Camaro ZL1 1LE and Hellcat Redeye
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has a massive appetite for both drag and track races. Winning them, too. Not that long ago, Ford’s top dog showed it is no pushover in front of the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, beating the Hellcat effortlessly in a quarter-mile race. But this time, it has to face the Redeye.
As it turns out, the Shelby GT500 is also well-equipped to do battle against its domestic rivals. In this new episode of Throttle House, the go-fast Mustang had to face the challenge of Chevrolet’s ZL1 1LE and Dodge’s Challenger Hellcat Redeye, under the close supervision of Jason Cammisa and Randy Pobst.