Ford Mustang loses Performance Pack 2, Bullitt options

Joanna Estrada
October 16, 2020

The order books for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 are officially open.

For all the nitty gritty details on the new Mach 1, check out the full breakdown of the model in our original reveal post.

Ford is calling this a limited-edition model, but we're not sure how limited it's going to be.

Created to bridge the gap between the regular Mustang GT and the high-end Shelby variants, the Mach 1 nameplate can be traced back to 1969 when it was launched to celebrate Mr Yeager's record-breaking flight.

The demise of the Mustang Bullitt was largely expected as the vehicle packs the same 480-horsepower rating of the Mustang Mach 1 being added for 2021, and also costs nearly the same ($48,905 for the 2020 Bullitt versus $52,915 for the 2021 Mach 1). A base 2020 GT with the PP2 costs $45,575, but the Mach 1 tacks on a number of extra goodies beyond what a base GT gives you. The modern-day Mach 1 is produced in right-hand-drive at the Flat Rock, Michigan, plant.

Packing a specially calibrated 5.0-liter V8 engine that has a projected 480 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 420 lb. -ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm, Mach 1 is a fitting celebration of a nameplate born more than 50 years ago.

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These upgrades include the intake manifold, oil filter adapter, and engine oil cooler. The Mach 1 is slightly more expensive than the Bullitt but comes with a lot more track-ready upgrades, some of them cherry picked from the Shelby GT350 and GT500 models.

And yes, that's a manual transmission with the proper Bullitt-style shifter. Mach 1 features 22 percent more downforce than a Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 1 and the downforce improvement jumps to approximately 150 percent with the Handling Package. Ebony seats with an accent stripe hint at Mach 1 heritage in cars equipped with a leather interior.

The demise of the Mustang GT's Performance Pack Level 2 option is a bigger hit to performance enthusiasts.

Under the skin meanwhile, the borrowing of Shelby parts has continued with the Mach 1 also scoring the rear axle cooling system and lower diffuser from the GT500 as well as a new underbelly pan, stiffer sway bars and front springs, recalibrated steering system, stiffer subframe bushings and an enhanced brake booster. It becomes the new Mustang to bridge the gap between the standard GT 5.0-litre V8 and the supercharged Shelby GT500.

I want to hear your thoughts on the Mach 1. First of all, the Shelby GT350 and the Bullit are gone but there is a new kid on the block - the resurrected Mustang Mach 1 with a starting price of $52,915 (destination charges included).

Horsepower and torque ratings based on premium fuel per SAE J1349® standard.

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