The first three tiers of Ford’s Mustang lineup offer even performance increases from V6, to EcoBoost, to GT. But there’s a big gap between the GT and Shelby GT350, and we think the car you see above is meant to fill it. According to some spy intel, this is our first look at the reborn Mustang Mach 1.
The thinking is that Ford will boost its 5.0-liter V8 beyond the GT’s 435 horsepower for the Mach 1, quite possibly something in the neighborhood of the Camaro 1LE’s 455 hp. Backing up this argument is a quad-tipped exhaust that looks borrowed from the GT350 and would likely help the Coyote V8 breathe better to make some more power. If you’d like to hear what that sounds like, there’s a good video below. It also looks as though Ford harvested the Torsen rear diff and staggered 19-inch-tire setup from the GT Performance Package. The front wheels on this mule come from the Performance Pack, although we aren’t sure of the source of those rear alloys.