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Mustang Mach 1 gets new handling kit

- MATTHEW GUY Driving.ca

Ford announced the return of its Mach 1 brand to the Mustang lineup early in 2020. Powered by a 480-horsepower version of the company's 5.0-litre V-8, it's the first time the name has appeared on a Mustang in 17 years.

Now, Ford has introduced a Mach 1 handling package, which will be denoted by — of all things — a wheel.

Using a layered constructi­on design that Ford says is typically reserved for show cars and other non-production vehicles, these cast-aluminum wheels are said to bring on-track benefits such as structural integrity for hard cornering.

A two-pound weight drop from standard Mach 1 wheels, despite being one inch wider, also doesn't hurt. That translates to 305/30R19 tires up front, and 315/30R19 in the rear all wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber with revised chassis tuning and adjustable strut top mounts.

Ford says a Mach 1 with the package's performanc­e front splitter and rear spoiler with Gurney flap will produce 150 per cent more downforce than a Mustang GT with the Performanc­e Pack Level 1.

A six-speed manual transmissi­on is standard in the Mach 1 but a 10-speed automatic is available for $1,750. We don't have to tell you which one we'd prefer, shift times be damned.

The all-new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Handling Package will be available to order Jan. 4, and will reach showrooms sometime in the spring.

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