The new Mustang Mach 1 pays tribute to the original, iconic 1969 version

The new Mustang Mach 1 pays tribute to the original, iconic 1969 version. Photo: Supplied

It’s here! Rare Ford Mustang Mach 1 touches down in South Africa

The new Ford Mustang Mach 1 brings the beast mode to South African roads, but there aren’t many of these beauties to buy.

The new Mustang Mach 1 pays tribute to the original, iconic 1969 version

The new Mustang Mach 1 pays tribute to the original, iconic 1969 version. Photo: Supplied

It’s no secret that the Ford Mustang Mach 1 is an iconic vehicle that has represented Ford’s bold approach to design and performance since its debut in 1969. The Mustang has been a firm favourite among South African motoring enthusiasts, and they will be excited to know that the Ford Mustang Mach 1 has arrived in the country – and there are only 90 units to be snapped up.

The new Mustang Mach 1 pays tribute to the original, iconic 1969 version – but it brings with it the modern design and performance attributes that have helped make the current-generation of Mustang the world’s best-selling sports car.


A specially calibrated 338kW version of the 5.0-litre unit in the Mach 1 will make the hair stand on end, and its unique transmission specifications, bespoke aerodynamics, and new performance component cooling systems allow for greater agility and consistent on-track performance.

The Mustang Mach 1 can go from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds with increased downforce for enhanced cornering capability and high-speed stability.

“There’s a reason Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports car, but the Mach 1 elevates Mustang to another level in the hearts of performance car fans,” says 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.

“A true Mustang Mach 1 needs to look fast even standing still,” Mashinini says. “The functional aerodynamics and exclusive race-inspired features of the Mach 1 will leave performance car fans in no doubt that this Mustang means business – even before it hits the track.”

Mach 1’s thoroughbred performance

The Mustang Mach 1’s Ford V8 engine combines a high-performance Open Air Induction System, intake manifold and 87mm throttle bodies with low-pressure port fuel injection and high-pressure direct fuel injection for 338kW of power at 7 250r/min and 529Nm of torque at 4 900r/min.

Ensuring optimum oil flow and consistent performance on track is an auxiliary engine oil cooler and a new engine oil filter adaptor.

For the first time on a production Mustang, the TREMEC six-speed manual gearbox is derived from the Shelby GT350. Also available is Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic gearbox, featuring an upgraded torque converter and unique calibration.

The Mach 1 comes with unique five-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels which are 0.5 inches wider at the rear, and fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres for outstanding grip on road and track.

Ford Mustang Mach 1 SPECS:

Mustang Mach 1TREMEC six-speed manual transmissionFord 10-speed automatic transmission
Power338kW @ 7 250 r/min
Torque529Nm @ 4 900 r/min
Acceleration 0‑100 km/h4.8 seconds4.4 seconds
Acceleration quarter-mile (400 metres)13.0 seconds12.6 seconds
Braking 100-0 km/h31.8 metres31.9 metres
Top speed267 km/h249 km/h

Performance-inspired design

The newest generation of the Mach 1’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.

All units are painted in metallic Fighter Jet Grey, complemented by satin black/reflective orange stripes – which also adds orange brake calipers. Inside, leather sports seats feature Metal Grey stitching and each Mustang Mach 1 interior includes a dashboard badge with Mach 1 logo and build number.


Mustang Mach 1 5.0 V8 6MT R1 182 100 incl. VAT

Mustang Mach 1 5.0 V8 10AT R1 203 800 incl. VAT