O Ford Mustang is a typical muscle car, or pony car, sports cars two-door engines launched on the American market mainly between 1960 and 1970. Like any icon, it has admirers and detractors, but one thing is certain: it is a commercial success. Last year, 80,577 units were sold globally, according to consultancy IHS Markit, or 15.1% of the sports coupes segment.
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Now, admirers can celebrate and detractors have one more reason to be irritated. A classic limited edition of the Mustang, Mach 1, has just arrived in Brazil. The car was presented yesterday, Friday, April 16, by videoconference to the specialized press, of which the Casual EXAM participated.
The name speaks volumes about the positioning of the version. Mach is a relative unit that expresses the ratio between the speed of an object and the speed of sound. It is therefore to be expected, therefore, a very powerful car.
The Mach 1 has a V8 Coyote engine with 483 horsepower. It is, according to Ford, that owns the brand, the best prepared for the tracks of all time. This is the fourth generation of Mach 1, originally launched in 1969 and producing until 1971, and with updates later in 1974 and 2003.
In mechanics, some equipment came from other versions of the Mustang. The anti-torsion bar is from Bullitt, the engine cooling system comes from the Shelby GT 350 and the exhaust is from the Shelby GT 500. Privileges of those who have inheritance.
There are seven driving mode options: normal, sporty, standard, track, drag, snow / wet and my mode is customized. Escape modes are four: sporty, normal, quiet, track.
Mach 1 is the first connected Mustang sold in South America. The start can be done remotely, so the air conditioning is already activated before the pilot takes over. Other information, such as tire pressure and fuel level, can be viewed by a mobile application.
A 12 speaker system ensures good sound quality. The embedded technology includes a collision alert system starting at 5 km / h speed, capable of detecting pedestrians or stationary cars. A system guarantees the permanence within the tracks of the track, by alert or even by correction. The car comes with a headlight with automatic ignition, rain sensor, eight air bags and electronic stability control.
The design received special attention in the new version. The front brings a grid with a more accentuated design at the bottom. The idea is to reinforce the idea of stability. There are eight colors available, including classic yellow and orange from the first version. On the hood is a graphic set formed by three tones, which vary according to the color of the car.
The side features a silhouette, harmonized with the ceiling, which reinforces the model’s athletic build. The Mach 1 inscription is on the bottom and front part. The new 19-inch wheels are exclusive to the version, with a shiny gray with an effect that resembles a liquid metal. The taillights have a three-dimensional shape, with vertical bases. The airfoil comes in a darker shade.
The banks favor ergonomics. The finish is refined, with leather also on the hand brake and other parts. The panel features references to the aeronautical industry, with brushed aluminum finishes, reminiscent of an airplane’s fuselage. A Mach 1 plate with the chassis name and numbering shows the exclusivity.
The seats seem to be geared towards the purpose of piloting, with an orange stripe also in honor of the first Mach 1 in some combinations. Small holes in the central part ensure cooling and heating of the seats
The Mustang was born as a commercial success. Two years after its launch, in 1966, it has already reached 1 million units sold. 102 million cars have been sold since the beginning. Success is suddenly in Brazil. Since it began to be imported in 2018, 1,730 units have been registered, four times more than the other competitors in the segment.
With its aggressive appearance, the Mustang is a natural influencer. It starred in more than 7,000 series and films and is, according to the brand, the most posted car on Instagram, with 13.3 million publications.
The new Mach 1 costs 499,000 reais. Pre-sales have started and delivery is expected to start in June. It is a limited edition in time, not in quantity. Does this mean that the model will be produced for a specific period? What it will be, will depend on the market’s response – and Ford’s strategy to create desire for its iconic cars.