THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
Last week we told you about the Limited Edition Jeep Wrangler 1941, the Jeep-iest Jeep you can get. This week's automotive news is equally all-American: the Mustang Mach 1 is the Mustang-iest Mustang for years and it's coming to Europe and the UK.
The new generation Ford Mustang has proved to be the best of its breed for a long time, and certainly the best to drive this side of the Atlantic, with Europeanized handling and even right hand drive for Brit pony car fans.
The Mustang Mach 1, named for performance versions of the iconic American four-seat sports car available from 1968 to 1978 (with brief reboots in 2003 and ‘04), is back. It’s claimed to be ‘the most track-capable member of the Mustang line-up to ever grace UK shores’ and ‘the fastest production Mustang around a track ever offered to customers in Europe,’ and we’re inclined to believe it.
The 5-liter V8 boasts uprated cooling and unique software calibration to give 460PS, or 453 horsepower in American, at 7,500 rpm. Taming the ponies is a TREMEC six-speed manual transmission (a first in Europe for Ford) with rev-matching technology for seamless down-shifts, or you can spec a 10-speed autoshifter with upgraded torque converter and bespoke software. A limited-slip differential is standard.
Cooling them is an upgraded oil-cooler system. Controlling the package are enhanced aerodynamics, calibrated for the track, and MagneRide 2 dampers and bespoke springs, anti-roll bars and bushes.
Mustang Mach 1 arrives in the UK early summer, where it will cost £55,185 (stick shift) or £57,185 (automatic), although the optional Mach 1 Appearance Pack - surely essential, with Fighter Jet Gray paint, Satin Black hood and side stripes with reflective orange accents, orange Brembo brake calipers, and orange interior trim accent on sports seats only) will add £1400 to the bill and hustle you straight back to the early ‘70s.