The sixth generation of the Mustang has been released back in 2014 and since then Ford has been offering special editions in limited runs. However, there are still plenty of other well known Mustang versions that haven’t seen the light of day, at least for now. It seems that the next one might be the 2018 Mustang Mach 1. The Mach 1 badge has been used before with the last model to get it being discontinued back in 2004. The car was a step above the GT in terms of performance despite coming with the basic V8 engine of the time.
Price and other details
Even though Ford hasn’t said much about the upcoming Mach 1, test mules have been spied ever since late 2016. The new model seems to be taking design cues from the regular GT as well as from the upcoming GT500. Many rumors suggest the Mach 1 will use the same suspension setup that is found in the GT350. This should give it superior handling characteristics over the GT without taking from the fun of having a muscle car. On top of that, it will also get a unique interior, a sportier exterior and plenty other small details that will make the Mach 1 that more special. The price is still unknown but it is safe to assume it will cost right between the GT and the GT350.
2018 Mustang Mach 1 Design
The model spied back in 2016 is a good indication of the direction the 2018 Mustang Mach 1 is heading to. For starters, the car is definitely going to use the same body styles and design cues as the newly facelifted Mustang. However, there will be some interesting additions. For starters, the Mach 1 will feature a larger front splitter and beefier side skirts. The rear is also expected to boast a larger diffuser and a standard quad exhaust system. The prototypes all had 19-inch rims with unusually wide rear tires boasting a staggered setup. This could mean the Mach 1 will be able to put more power to the ground without losing grip. On top of that, the car may also feature a unique paint scheme and possibly unique rims.
Mustang Mach 1 Interior
In order to be as special as it gets, the 2018 Mustang Mach 1 is expected to feature design cues found on the original models. We expect a black leather interior with similar Recaro seats to those in the GT350. On top of that, the car may receive a unique steering wheel and possibly a unique upholstery. These should give it the presence it needs in order to be successful. Some also suggested a stripped down interior but this is highly unlikely, especially in a car meant for high-speed highway cruising.
2018 Mach 1 Specs
The 2018 Mach 1 is more than likely going to receive Ford’s 5 liters naturally aspirated V8 which has been around for a while. Over the regular GT, the car might not offer that much more power. In fact, the V8 just received an update with both port and direct injection, cylinder deactivation and a few other upgrades over the 2015 car. The engine may end up right around 460 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque which would easily make it more than enough for a car the size of the Mustang. Over the regular GT, the V8 in the Mach 1 could receive a different tune, a freer flowing exhaust and possibly a revised intake. A 6-speed manual gearbox is likely going to be standard with an optional 10 speed automatic. Unlike the regular versions of the car, the Mach 1 could get an electronic rear differential. This would allow the car to corner faster and put that power to the ground with more ease.