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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 First Test: Don’t Call It Carroll

Ever since the Ford Mustang ditched its live rear axle, it’s seemed as if the Blue Oval was only interested in providing ultimate handling prowess on Shelby versions. Various “performance packs” and special editions never got it done, and you had to slide into a Shelby GT350 or GT500 to go around a corner properly. With the GT350 retired, however, the curse is broken. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a GT350 replacement in everything but engine and carbon-fiber wheels.

Poke around the Mach 1, and you’ll find it features a grab bag of GT350 and GT350R parts and ideas, along with some items from other Mustangs. The Recaro seats should look familiar, as should the gaping void where the rear seats would go (a $250 option) in any other Mustang. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are a welcome feature, as is the rear “s’wing”—that’s spoiler plus wing—from the GT500, both being part of a $3,750 Handling package fitted to our test car. Mach 1 planners even pinched the cue ball shift knob from the Bullitt to dress up the GT350’s vastly superior Tremec six-speed manual transmission. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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