Ford is benchmarking its new 2024 Mustang against the 2021 Mach 1, at least if these new spy photos are to be believed. This prototype is the same wheel and tire that accompanies the Mach 1 running alongside its quad-exit exhaust that debuted on the now-discontinued Shelby GT350.
While we can’t say for sure that this prototype is packing a V8 instead of some sort of EcoBoost V6 or hybrid setup, that release lets us know that there must be an ICE under the hood and possibly a stronger one. We’ve already seen some more basic Mustang prototypes rotate in smaller wheel / tire combinations, which makes it easier to distinguish. They are quite obvious:
While it’s possible Ford plans to exit the gate directly with a Mach 1, Shelby GT350 or other similar range-topper, they usually start appearing in a model year or two product cycle, after the standard Mustang and traditionally the V8. The powered GT had their time in the sun. It makes us believe that this is a GT model that has all the performance package bells and whistles, which has already reached close to Mach 1 level equipment. Given the general generation performance creep, a GT that performs like (or slightly better) the outgoing Mach 1 would make sense.
Rumor has it that the 2024 Mustang will be unveiled at the New York World’s Fair in 1964, with an official on-sale date early next year, marking the 60th anniversary of the original Mustang’s debut.