What to do John Wick, Bullittand Lost in Sixty Seconds have in common? Mustang. One of the few cars to have a major role in a film. A car that is synonymous with The American Dream. A blue-collar engine for petrolheads looking for European supercar action with a lower price tag. For Ford, catering for this became a recipe for success, and since its introduction in 1964, the Mustang has become the world’s favorite sports car with more than 10,000,000 sold since.
Mustangs have lived many lives. Named after the P51 Mustang fighter from World War II, it instantly brims with connotations of success, intimidation, brute force and something not to be reckoned with. But as the name grew, the Mustang’s image became increasingly diluted. The second, third, and fourth generations – of course – were not as successful, for lack of good looks and comparative qualities or strengths. But in 2005, Ford found its mojo with the fifth generation, presenting a true American muscle car that explored retro-futurism with a nod to the original.
Now in its sixth iteration, and with some solid global expansion, Mustang has become a household name worldwide. Elsewhere, Ford continues to increase its focus on electrification through the introduction of its Mustang Mach E, while also offering more traditional gasoline-powered cars. Today in the UK, potential buyers can choose from the standard GT or Mach 1, and this is the last we tested for this edition. Open road.
The name “Mach 1” suggests a rather big claim: to travel at the speed of sound. When the Mach 1 was first launched in 1969, sandwiched between the original Mustang GT and the high-output offerings from Shelby, the Mustang went from a sunset boulevard cruiser in GT form to a precise performance machine, allowing Ford to set more than 300 speed records. .
However, today’s Ford Mustang Mach 1 will not set any speed records. For a car famous for having a five-liter V8 engine, its 480 HP manages to send it to 62 MPH in a less than impressive 4.5 seconds, and that’s assuming you’ve warmed up the tires on good asphalt. previously.
We will not lie to you. The Ford Mustang Mach 1 didn’t really win us over at first. From the little-known 10-speed automatic transmission, to the seating position more suited to a family carriage, there’s not much to be done for the Mach 1. But it’s the engine and the nostalgic experience that helped us understand the car and its true purpose.
We want the Mustang to live up to the numbers on paper, and expect a car that can compete with the best of its European rivals. But, in thinking about it, we’re looking for the wrong thing, because the Mustang comes with something that cars like this often don’t have: personality.
You can’t help but love the Mustang. It may be the car’s legacy and legacy that is woven into every fiber – from its looks to the way it drives. Its approach to cornering has the ability to put out the fear of missing out on even the best drivers, while stylistically, the Mach 1 abundance of art deco-font graphics, faster lines, and land cruiser dimensions feel like 1960s. Inside, the retro dial staring down at you only adds to this old-school vibe.
It’s a car full of fun flaws, and for that it’s charming. He has character, and as time went on we fell more and more fond of the ‘Stang, because he made us smile every time we heard his ridiculous roar or when the tires were stretched and a puff of smoke enveloped him.
The Mustang Mach 1 is an old soul built for the past. That doesn’t make much sense on British roads – the twists and waves that throw the car’s balance into chaos – and the global fuel crisis might make it your next expensive hobby. But none of this matters when you’re behind the wheel of a Mustang – a classic Americana symbol that feels cool. Ray-Bans, mustache wax, wild west, Cuban cigars, cool analogues.