The new Mach 1 is much like its 1969 forefather it is the type that everyone craves for, making it almost perfect. Now the 1969 Mach 1 was equipped with a 250-horsepower 351-cubic-inch V-8 as standard equipment, and offered an optional 320-horse 390 V-8, as well as 335- and 360-horse 428s. The new Mach comes in only one strength. Underneath the signature shaker hood is the aspirated, 32-valve, DOHC 4.6-liter V-8 that formerly powered the SVT Cobra.
This soon became one of the world’s best performance engines in the SVT ‘Stang, and surprisingly nothing has changed for the Mach 1. When you observe the back of the car you wil be able to feel the murmur from the dual pipes. Its 305 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque will allow you to enjoy some of the greatest eight-cylinder music that was ever made.
A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, and the gears are selected with a splendid ball shifter. For anyone who cares to know a four-speed automatic is optional, but the anti-lock and traction control are standard. The thirteen-inch front brakes come directly from Brembo and they are a gigantic improvement over the standard GT fare.
Unfortunately the interior was a little dissapointing. Despite the unique touches like “comfortweave” black leather seats and the Sixties-style gauge markings, the Mach 1′s passenger compartment is one of the worst that we have seen. Ergonomics are marginal at best, and plastics are hard, shiny, flimsy, and ill-fitting to the vehicle. Then again who can think about that when you listen to that beautiful engine.
Many diverse Mustang owners were left amazed by the Mach 1. At $29,025, this Ponycar isn’t particularly inexpensive, but it does have a collectability that few other modern Mustangs can enjoy. The 2003 / 2004 Mach 1′s are an unquestionably special automobile - it’s fast, outspoken, and dripping with charisma. Signature charactaristics like the wheels, chin spoiler and grill delete, vinyl on the hood… are all unforgettable traits.