2018 Ford Mustang GT (Sixth Generation facelift)

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DRIVEN: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is one of the best Mustangs ever

Yes, it's plasticky in some places inside the car and it has that awful Ford Sync system which takes time to get used to, but it’s the way this car just exudes presence and delivers on that presence when you drive it that makes it special. Taming the car on challenging roads will take some practice as it’s big, wide, heavy and full of torque that's ready to help you swap ends so if you do get one, it's best to get to grips with the car first before turning off some of the driver aids.

If you're looking for a vehicle that oozes street cred and that delivers thrills from start-up to redline, this is the car for you! It's a naturally aspirated monster machine that we'll be talking about 20 years from now as one of the finest cars that Ford ever launched in Mzansi.

All Mustang Mach 1 models come with a four-year/120 000km warranty and a six-year 90 000km service plan. They sold for R1 203 800 when launched but we’ve already some advertised for R1.4 million on car sales sites.


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Ford Is Quietly Cancelling Mustang GT500 And Mach 1 Orders

A dealer in Iowa confirmed the cancellations in forum posts

The chip shortage has been merciless, and Ford has truly felt the effects. First it hit the F-150. Next the Bronco supply lines, forcing production to halt earlier this year. Now it’s come for Ford’s other horse-badged icon: the Mustang GT500 and Mach 1.

According to representatives from Granger Ford, a dealership in Granger, IA, some Mach 1 and GT500 orders for the 2021 model year are being cancelled, with owners asked to place new orders for 2022. From Zach@Granger, via the Mustang6G forums:

We just received official word today that some Mustangs/GT500s for the 2021 model year will be cancelled because of commomdity shortages. Ford will be rescheduling these orders for 2022. The team at Ford is exploring options to protect retail customers, with more information that will be available soon.

Sorry to say that we are going to have 12 total Mach 1s that were for retail customers get cancelled. @Jay at Granger will be reaching out over the next couple days for our customers who have been impacted by the change.

This is the first time we’ve experienced something like this, in this magnitude and I can certainly understand the frustration of those of you who have ordered. We are going to lock in our discount and I would encourage those of you who visit with Jay to get the 2022 order placed ASAP. It sounds like receipt of the 2022 order will determine timing of delivery.

Again, I appreciate your understanding and patience with this unforseen issue.

Zach

Zach claims that no GT500 orders from Granger were cancelled, but that the dealer has heard of it happening at other locations. The dealer also stated that while they hoped and suspected Ford would “make it right” for 2021 Mach 1 reservation holders, there was no word from Ford as to what that might entail.

 
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Thieves Take Four Brand New Mustang GT500s From Right Under Ford's Nose

So far only two of the stolen Mustangs have been recovered

Not that I’m a thief (and let it stand I’ve never been one), even if I took on the job I would never have considered stealing a car directly from the factory. However in Michigan, there were some thieves that were bold enough to try it. Southeast Michigan’s News-Herald reported these particular thieves got away with four brand new Mustang GT500s from Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant.

According to Flat Rock Police, the thieves made their move around 10:50 p.m. on Sunday (December 12). Authorities say there was no surveillance video showing the break-in. But the thieves left a little something to remember this brilliance with aside from the stolen Mustangs: the damaged security gate they plowed through in their getaway.

Police later found two of the GT500’s discarded with damage almost 12 miles away on Interstate 75.

Shortly after the theft, two of the stolen vehicles were recovered on I-75 in Brownstown Township and the city of Southgate, including one with heavy front-end damage. Both vehicles were unoccupied.

I wonder if the one with the front-end damage had anything to do with the gate?

The two other GT500’s managed to get away and still have yet to be located. They’re described as being “Belladonna Black” in color which is a terrible description to give of stolen vehicles that are trying to be recovered. That’s not even one of the color choices the GT500 has. The 2022 models black color choice is called “Shadow Black.”

 

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Spy Shots: New Ford Mustang in the Making

Ford is developing an all-new Ford Mustang which is expected to be revealed this year.

The Mustang is a huge money-spinner for Ford and it has consistently been crowned as the world’s best-selling sports car. Production for right-hand-drive markets has contributed to the Mustang’s overall success and it has sold strongly ever since the 6th-generation Mustang landed in South Africa back in 2016.

Now, a new 7th-generation Mustang (known internally as the S650) is in the making and Ford will undoubtedly look to build on the success of the iconic muscle car. No pressure.

What you see here is a heavily camouflaged Mustang prototype in a production body, giving us a first look at what to expect from the new Mustang. At first glance, it doesn’t appear to be a radical design departure from the current generation but the Mustang’s front-end will likely be more angular while retaining its muscular bonnet and vertical front-end design albeit with a new bumper and headlight design. Also, note the larger air dams seen at the corners of the lower grille… The rear-end is also likely to sport a new rear bumper design and while this prototype has the familiar taillight design with 3 vertical bars, it remains to be seen whether they will be carried over to the new generation Mustang.


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New 2023 Ford Mustang breaks cover in production bodywork

Reinvented muscle car enters advanced testing stage; four-wheel-drive hybrid V8 drivetrain on the cards

The Ford Mustang is on the cusp of entering its seventh generation, and prototypes are now wearing the production-spec body ahead of an expected launch next year.

The sports coupé wears one of the longest-running (and historically best-selling) nameplates of any car currently on sale and is set to undergo the most radical reinvention in its 58-year history for its next iteration.

Despite the bulky camouflage worn by this prototype, it’s clear that Ford will seek to evolve, rather than overhaul, the Mustang’s characteristic cab-backward silhouette and muscular design cues.

Visible details include new lights at the front and rear and a sharper front grille, but it will be the changes underneath the skin that most tangibly differentiate the Mk7 Mustang from its predecessor.

As previously reported by Autocar, Ford is expected to bring the Mustang into the electrified era with a new petrol-electric drivetrain centred around its trademark V8 petrol engine.

 

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Mach 1: The Best-to-drive Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 takes the muscle-car concept to another level. With a performance-focused suspension, more powerful engine and badass looks, the Mach 1 represents something very near to petrolhead nirvana, writes David Taylor.

The back story here is a simple one. The invitation to drive the Ford Mustang Mach 1 arrived in my email inbox. It’s one of those opportunities that doesn’t come along every day, so instinctively, you drop everything and RSVP. I was quite keen to get behind the wheel of the Mach 1 – the marketing material suggested it was optimised for handling and would, therefore, be a sharper driving tool compared with the standard GT. It sounded promising and the best part was the event was to take place in the Western Cape – which is renowned for offering largely (if not entirely) unpotholed scenic driving roads.

Summary

If you’re shopping for a sportscar that costs just over R1 million, there are myriad excellent coupes to choose from. If you include low-mileage used cars in your search, you could even get into an exotic, such as a Porsche. A Cayman sounds tempting – doesn’t it? – but no one will look at you twice as you cruise into Camps Bay on a Sunday. The Mustang Mach 1, by contrast, will draw plenty of attention.

The Mach 1 completely dispels the notion that American muscle cars are nothing more than bloated straight-line performance machines. It incorporates commendable handling enhancements and, in my humble opinion, is the most engaging and focused “pony car” available in the Republic.

So, should you buy one? Well, here’s the kicker. Even if you wanted to acquire a new Mach 1, you can’t – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa says that its entire allocation (90 new units) is already spoken for. However, a quick glance at Cars.co.za listings at the time of writing shows a handful of Mustang Mach 1s, Bullitts and an assortment of hardcore Shelby and Roush variants are for sale.

If you’re prepared to do your research and spend time to find a clean example of a Mustang that would suit your needs and personality, we feel that you could get your hands on a very special performance offering that will turn heads quite unlike anything else. Of the current prices are anything to go by, the Mach 1 is destined to become a future classic. Start your search for a Mustang here. You’re welcome.


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