On-track Performance: Ford Mustang Mach 1

Shereen Shabnam

The new Ford Mustang Mach 1, a car that pays tribute to the heritage of the original 1969 Mach 1 has been creating waves across the UAE with an enhanced powertrain and aerodynamic features, an agile and responsive Mustang driving experience and is now equipped with sophisticated technologies for track driving fun.

We took it for leisurely drives in the city, hurried meetings around Dubai and scenic routes across the Emirates and it drove like a charm in different modes. We spent a lot of time at City Walk Dubai where it turned heads with the younger generation of car lovers.


The iconic Mach 1, especially the limited-edition model delivers race-derived styling, specification and detailing for performance car fans. Looking back, race-derived styling is a hallmark of the iconic Mustang Mach 1 since the very first iteration in 1969.

Hence the newest generation’s styling is strongly influenced by aerodynamic features including the front grilles, front splitter, rear diffuser and rear spoiler in distinctive high- or low-gloss black and Magnetic finishes. Unique 19-inch wheels are finished in moody, low-gloss Dark Tarnish.

My favourite visual was the shark fin antenna and the bold combinations for body colour and bonnet with side stripes.  I drove the Fighter Jet Grey with Satin Black/Reflective Orange stripes. The Mach 1 logos appears on the rear deck-lid and on front wings.

Aerodynamic enhancements include new two-piece upper as well as lower and side grilles for improved cooling, and a new front splitter, undertray, single-deck rear spoiler and performance rear diffuser for optimised downforce and aero balance.

The lengthened undertray also uses dedicated fins to direct cooling air to the brakes, which themselves feature a higher specification brake booster for consistently responsive braking performance. The unique five-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels are 0.5 inches wider front and rear and fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres are perfect for outstanding grip on road and track.


Inside, leather sports seats feature Metal Grey stitching, each Mustang Mach 1 interior includes a dashboard badge with Mach 1 logo and build number. Standard comfort and convenience technologies include heated and cooled front seats and a premium 12-speaker B&O Sound System.

Engine & Performance

The new Mach 1 comes with 5.0 litre V8 power boosted to 480 hp for 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. The 10-speed auto transmission is mated with a limited-slip differential. With unique transmission specifications, the Mustang Mach 1 also introduces bespoke aerodynamics and new performance cooling systems for greater agility and consistent on-track performance.

Further enhancing the performance driving experience, Mustang Mach 1 continues to deliver Mustang selectable Drive Modes including Sport and Track modes,enabling drivers to try different drive options, all viewed in the standard 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster.

Six-piston BremboTM brake callipers support 100-0 km/h stopping distances of less than 32 metres. Combining with enhanced aerodynamics to deliver Mustang’s sharpest directional changes and it comes with electric power-assisted steering.


With Mach 1, the Mustang driving experience is more satisfying than ever. My drive experience was exhilarating as I found the car responsive and engaging. It was faster, handled beautifully and has a striking look with true muscle power you expect from a Mustang.

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