What a Mockery: The Internet reacts to the Ford Mustang Mach 1 – DrivingWordPress
Ford has revived an icon in the 2021 Mach 1 Mustang, and while the name is a throwback to the early 1970s, it seems the Internet doesn’t have the same nostalgia for the icon that Ford does.
The Mach 1 Mustang shares a lot of parts with its Shelby siblings, including the intake manifold, oil cooler and filter adapter, Tremec manual transmission, transmission cooler, rear toe links, rear diffuser, rear axle cooler, “S’Wing” rear spoiler, and the Pilot Sport Cup tires with tire spats.
But the track-ready ‘Stang replaces the also-similar Bullitt in the model lineup — in fact, the main difference between the Mach 1 and the Bullitt model is that you won’t be embarrassed to buy a Mach 1. (Sorry, this author just doesn’t see the appeal in getting a performance version of the Mustang if you have to drive around looking like a Steve McQueen fanboy.)
The original Mach 1 of 1969 tweaked a lot of details to make for a fun performance package. The most noticeable difference between the Mach 1 and the standard ‘Sportsroof’ model was a few reflective stickers, some side scoops in the rear quarter panels, and a shaker hood.
Other gingerbread items such as rear window louvers, chrome exhaust tips, a vmatte black hood with hood pins, pop-open gas cap, and bigger wheels turned the standard cruiser into an eye-catching machine.
It seems silly to get all up in arms over a vehicle that has added head-and-shoulders more performance to the standard base model. Nevertheless, people love to complain, and will poke a hole through the sails of any flagship. This is also the reason manufacturers have almost given up on performance cars, because everybody just hates on them anyway.
Take, for example, these YouTube commenters who felt cheated by the lack of the aforementioned shake-style hood scoop.
The feature was, admittedly, a cornerstone of the original 1969 model; however, once the Mustang entered 1971, the shaker hood was already gone, replaced by a “NACA”-duct hood. People seem to forget about the change, and most folks refer to all ’71- to ’73-model-year Mustangs as “Mach 1” anyway. While the accessory does little for performance in the modern day, it would have been a fun throwback to the original vehicle.
While there are definitely many fans of the new car, there’s also some disappointment, mostly centred around the lack of horsepower over the rest of the range. The Mach 1 makes the same 480 horsepower as the Bullitt, but adds more in the handling department.
One person even compared it to the most recent Star Wars movie, calling it “a familiar name with some flash but […] no ties to where it came from.” That sentiment is echoed in a lot of comments, some of which say it’s just a few stickers away from the Bullitt it replaced.
One observer said the new Mach 1 looks like a Subaru, but we’re not sure what he’s on about. We’ve heard people confuse “flat-plane crank” and “flat engine” before, which would explain the correlation here, but it still seems like a left field response.
Perhaps people can’t get on with the looks because it’s a bit too “boy racer” with all the extra wings and vents strewn about the body.
It seems most people that watched our First Look video weren’t complaining as much about the car itself as they were the pronunciation of “Mach” by esteemed reporter Graeme Fletcher.
We can assure you Graeme is not, in fact, from Boston, and is in fact pretty far from that side of the tea party. But even if he was, do all automotive journalists from Boston deserve to get their title revoked? It doesn’t make much sense to us.
For some more unfiltered clapbacks, check out the responses to Ford’s official Mustang Twitter account above, where it seems like they had a response ready for all the shaker-hood loyalists.
At the end of the day, at least the fans could agree on one thing: it beats the heck out of the Mustang Mach-E.
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