For those of you who were disappointed when Ford used the revered Mach moniker for their first electric SUV, here’s some great news. The legendary Mach 1 is making a comeback as a limited edition 2021 model. Set to debut this spring, the successor to the iconic Mustang variant from the Sixties is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8. Ample compensation for those disillusioned with the Mach E’s electric powertrain.

“Mach 1 has a special place in Mustang history, and it’s time for this special edition to claim the top spot in our 5.0-liter V8 performance lineup and reward our most hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who demand that next level of power, precision and collectability,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Icons. “Like the original, the all-new Mustang Mach 1 will be true to its heritage, delivering great looks and as the most track-capable 5.0-liter Mustang ever.”

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Mach 1 made its appearance for the first time in the 1969 model year of Ford Mustang, boosting the coupe’s performance and dynamics with its suspension tweaks. In the years that followed, Mach 1 established its own niche as a variant with greater performance versus Mustang GT but more attainable than the Shelby and Boss variants.

“Mach 1 has always been that bridge between base Mustangs and the Shelby models,” said Ted Ryan, heritage brand manager, Ford Archives. “From a style and handling perspective, the original Mach 1 managed to stand out as unique, even in the Mustang lineup – and as the name implies, it could really move.”

After a successful run until 1979, Mach 1 returned for 2003 and 2004 model years with a high performance suspension and larger Brembo front-disc brakes, and distinct looks thanks to a matte black spoiler and bonnet stripe helped the coupe standout.

Now, 17 years later, the 2021 Mach 1 is returning as the most track-ready 5.0-litre Mustang ever.