Billed as “the most track-focused Mustang yet”, the Ford Mustang Mach 1 has officially made its debut in South Africa. Said Doreen Mashinini, general manager for marketing at Ford South Africa, “Road or track, this is the most capable Mustang yet, and is more than worthy of carrying the legendary Mach 1 badge.” Paying tribute to the original Mustang Mach 1 of 1969, the current-generation version introduces the Mach 1 moniker to the South African market for the first time. And all 90 units of the limited-edition pony car have been spoken for.

Ford Mustang Mach 1
Mach 1 badges signify this this a special Mustang.

The new Mustang Mach 1 is powered by a “specially calibrated” version of Ford’s familiar 5,0-litre V8 which, in this special Mustang, delivers 338 kW from 7 250 r/min and 529 N.m from 4 900 r/min to the rear wheels via either a six-speed Tremec gearbox or the Blue Oval’s 10-speed automatic transmission. According to Ford, the manual variant accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4,8 seconds. The automatic model, meanwhile, completes the zero to 100 km/h sprint four tenths of a second quicker. Maximum speed for the manual and automatic is rated at 267 km/h and 249 km/h respectively.

Ford Mustang Mach 1
10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system standard.

To ensure the Mustang is as track-focused as ever, the Mach 1 features numerous aerodynamic upgrades which, Ford says, have increased downforce by 22 percent. The new-generation Mach 1 features a revised front grille and splitter, rear diffuser and spoiler. According to Mashinini, “a true Mustang Mach 1 needs to look fast even standing still”.

All 90 units of the special-edition Ford Mustang Mach 1 have been sold.

All Mustang Mach 1 units are dressed in distinctive Fighter Jet Grey exterior paintwork, complemented by satin black and orange stripes. The unique 19-inch alloy wheels are finished in Dark Tarnish.

Ford Mustang Mach 1
Brembo brake callipers provides stopping power.

The new Mach 1-badged Mustang is priced from R1 182 100 for the six-speed manual variant and R1 203 800 for the 10-speed automatic model. All derivatives feature Ford’s six-year/90 000 km service plan and four-year/120 000 km warranty as standard.

Ford Mustang Mach 1
“Specially calibrated” 5,0-litre V8 produces 338 kW and 529 N.m.