A few days ago Ford USA teased us with images of a new derivative being added to its current line-up. Early today the Blue Oval unveiled the latest Ford Mustang Mach 1.

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More muscle

Like the original, new Ford Mustang Mach 1 bridges the gap between 5,0-litre Mustang GT and high-performance Shelby models. The 2020 Mach 1 is, according to Ford, the most track-capable 5,0-litre Mustang ever. Starting point for the package is a new tune for the V8 engine. The naturally aspirated unit now boasts 358 kW at 7 000 r/min and 570 N.m of torque.

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Many parts have been taken from the Shelby catalogue to help it cope with the rigours of track duty. These include the intake manifold, oil filter adapter and engine oil cooler that increases engine oil cooling capability by 50 percent. Mach 1 comes standard with a Tremec six-speed manual transmission from the Shelby GT350, with its own an oil cooler system, and Mustang GT’s twin-disc clutch and short-throw shifter. Those who prefer not to row a manual transmission can opt for a ten-speed SelectShift automatic.

New appearance

To differentiate the track-focussed version it has several styling cues that link it back to the original. It has a mesh, shark-nosed section and faux foglamp elements mimicking the original. There are new side grilles below each turn signal lamp. A low-gloss pony badge is centred on the grille. Low-gloss magnetic and black accents are used throughout the vehicle. There is also a boot-mounted spoiler. New 19-inch five-spoke dark-painted aluminium wheels are standard. They are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.

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The handling package, available exclusively available with the manual transmission, includes a larger, higher downforce front splitter, new front wheel lip mouldings, and a spoiler with a Gurney flap and rear tyre spats from Shelby GT500.