Ford Mustang Mach 1

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 will soon be back stalking the streets – complete with a 305-horsepower V-8 engine and the signature ram-air “shaker” hood scoop that put the 1969 model in motion, even at a stoplight.

The Mustang Mach 1 special edition is built on the same line of the Dearborn Assembly Plant that produces coupe and convertible versions of the Mustang V-6, GT and SVT Mustang Cobra. Each Mach 1 will come with a unique “R” engine code found in the vehicle identification number (VIN) to ensure exclusivity and collectibility.

The Mach 1 is the newest derivative to join Ford’s Living Legends lineup of cars, which includes Mustang, Thunderbird, the new Ford GT and the Forty-Nine concept.

A popular Mach 1 interior configuration will likely include an optional gray accent finished center stack and shifter bezel, polished aluminum accelerator, brake, clutch and dead pedal. The optional aluminum shift boot ring also accents the standard aluminum ball shifter. The standard gray-backed instrument cluster features unique retro-look dials. Mach 1 also comes standard with the Mach 460 six-disc in-dash CD changer audio system.

The powerplant that shakes the scoop, and the competition, is an all-aluminum MOD 4.6-liter (281 cubic inches) 4-valve DOHC V-8 that produces 305 horsepower and 320 foot-pounds of torque. The engine makes use of a 10.1:1 compression ratio and has specially calibrated camshafts, a modified upper intake to accommodate the ram-air system, a heated PCV, a forged crankshaft (cast crank in automatic transmission application) and performance exhaust manifolds.

The 2003 Mach 1 will be available with a choice of a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission with electronic overdrive. The 4R70W automatic transmission is upgraded with a heavy-duty gearset, auxiliary fluid cooler and brazed 11.25-inch torque converter to withstand the added power of the Mach 1’s MOD 4.6-liter V-8. Mach 1 uses a new rear axle with a high-torque differential and a 3.55:1 axle ratio.

Source: Ford press

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