2021 Ford Mustang: Expectations and what we know so far

Updated Dec 31, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The return of Mustang Mach 1?

The Ford Mustang is undoubtedly one of the most adored performance vehicles in the country. It remains to be a top choice among Filipino car buyers who want to go fast and experience what a performance vehicle feels like.

American car brand Ford is leveling up the Mustang performance vehicle by reintroducing the Mach 1 for 2021. As a review, the Mach 1 is a performance-oriented variant that was first introduced in 1969, the iconic year when muscle cars were prominent.

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The Mach 1 was retired in 1978 and returned briefly from 2003 to 2004. Now, the 2021 fifth-generation Mach 1 is officially unveiled and is ready to provide a track-ready performance. Ford stated that the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is its best track vehicle to date.

Unfortunately, Ford Philippines hasn’t released any statement regarding the plans for the 2021 PH-spec Mustang. So for now, let’s take a look at what the returning Ford Mustang Mach 1 can offer and what can we expect from it.

2021 Ford Mustang: Exterior

Right off the bat, you would notice that the Mustang Mach 1 comes with an all-new front fascia design. Installing large air inlets are what seems to be Ford’s intent for the Mustang Mach 1. You can find them on the lower bumper and each side of it.

To efficiently utilize the large air inlets, Ford decided to install two massive splitters located below the lower bumper. The large grille gives the front fascia a sleeker look.

Within the newly-designed grille, you would find two blacked-out fog lamp housing-looking inserts. They contain baffles that can be removed so air can flow freely into the engine resulting in better cooling.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 front view

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

The hood is similar to the GT variant that is available in the local market. To make the Mustang Mach 1 more distinct, it comes with a unique hood stripe paired with a Mach 1 badge. Overall, the front fascia of the Mustang Mach 1 gets the most updates.  

As for the sides, it is similar to the GT variant as well. However, the Mustang Mach 1 comes with Mach 1 badge on each side close to the front wheel arches. The Mustang Mach 1 is installed with a large spoiler or wing which is borrowed from the GT500.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 side view

The sides got the Mach 1 badge

The 2021 Ford Mustang is offered with numerous amounts of body color options. These include iconic silver, oxford white, twister orange, grabber yellow, shadow black, velocity blue, and race red. A fighter jet gray is offered on the appearance package of the Mach 1.

2021 Ford Mustang: Interior

Inside, the design is pretty much the same as the GT models. The Mustang Mach 1 comes with leather seats as an option with metal grey stitching. As a tribute to the original Mach 1, the shift knob comes with a white cue ball design.

Ford Mustang Mach 1 interior view

No significant changes are seen in the interior

One of the most noticeable changes in the interior of the Mustang Mach 1 is the Mach 1 plate located on the dashboard in front of the passenger side. This plate also contains the vehicle’s unique chassis number which is great attention to detail for a returning variant.

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2021 Ford Mustang: Engine and performance

The biggest surprise for the Ford Mustang is the departure of the GT350 variant, which had a run from 2015 to 2020. It comes with a 5.2-liter V8 engine capable of making 526 and 582 Nm of torque. Well at least, the 6-speed manual transmission from the GT350 is handed over to the returning Mach 1.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 rear view

As well as for the rear end of the Mustang Mach 1

The Mach 1 uses a 5.0-liter V8 engine that is capable of generating 480 hp and 569 Nm of torque. For those who don’t want to drive a stick, the Mach 1 is also offered with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Since Ford wants to make the Mustang Mach 1 an exceptional track vehicle, it retuned the dampers, increased the size of the anti-roll bars, improved the front springs, and enhanced the electric power assistant steering.

2021 Ford Mustang: On-board tech and safety features

Just like the interior features, the on-board tech is still a carryover. This means that the Mustang Mach 1 will be running with a 12-inch instrument cluster screen and a unique splash screen for the 12.3-inch infotainment screen.  

Ford Mustang front view

The current Ford Mustang offered in the PH market

As for safety, Ford equipped the Mustang Mach 1 improved the Ford Co-Pilot 360 driver-assist technology by adding an auto high beam function, lane keep assist, rain-sensing wipers, and a pre-collision assist system.

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2021 Ford Mustang: Final thoughts

If Ford Philippines will not add the returning Mustang Mach 1 in its local lineup, then we are still expecting the same EcoBoost and GT variants. Both variants will not come with significant changes and are largely carryovers. As said earlier, Ford Philippines hasn’t released any statements so we would have to wait for further announcements.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 front view

The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is the most track-ready vehicle produced by Ford

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 will arrive in the U.S. and Canada in the spring of 2021 (sometime between March and June) and is sold as a limited-edition vehicle. This could reduce the chances of the Mustang Mach 1 to be introduced here in the local market. Nonetheless, we would love to see the returning track-ready Mach 1 driven on Philippine roads.

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2021 Ford Mustang: Expected price

As for the EcoBoost and GT variants, we can expect that there are no significant changes for the 2021 model. The Mustang EcoBoost 2.3 Premium AT is currently offered at Php 2,858,000, while the Mustang GT 5.0 comes with a price that ranges from around Php 3,538,000 to Php 3,718,000, depending on the chosen options.

If somehow the returning Mustang Mach 1 made its way into the local market, then we can expect it to be priced for around the Php 4.5-million mark as the Mustang Mach 1 is priced almost as twice as the Mustang GT variant in the U.S. market.

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Ford Mustang

The latest Ford Mustang in the local market today is the most advanced Mustang ever to hit the production line. This sixth-generation pony car is on its 6th generation, and Ford Philippines released its Philippine spec version in 2018, and they offer the iconic sportscar in convertible top and Fastback. It is also available in two engines, and there are four models to choose from, namely EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, and GT Premium. The all-new Ford Mustang is packed with features that can be modified so consumers can tailor-fit the vehicle according to their personality. Some modifiable features include car skin, upholstery, ambient lighting, rims, trims, and instrument cluster outlay. Ford Mustang can be an expression of any car enthusiast’s distinct character. The sixth-generation Ford Mustang now features a subtle change in its exterior and a refreshed interior. It still possesses the same silhouette, but the new Ford Mustang gets a new front DRLs layout that matches the taillights and a sleeker set of fog lamps. The cabin of this couple for the Blue Oval brand received a refreshed cabin with new materials in its variants. Ford Philippines offer the Ford Mustang in four variants: Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Premium SelectShift AT Fastback, Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT Premium SelectShift AT Fastback, Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT Premium MT Convertible, and Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT Premium SelectShift AT Convertible.

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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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