The very first units of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 have already left the Ford Flat Rock assembly plant and are on their way to customers. However, they will not be identical to what was announced. Designers have made some subtle styling changes to the Mach 1 to ensure that the returning legend is perfect for consumers.

Beware, these changes aren't that impressive. But placed side by side, photos of the advertised models and those leaving the factory clearly show the changes.

First of all, the designers took the Mach 1 badges, previously all black, and gave them a silver border to make them stand out better from the darker exterior paint.

Next, Ford changed the lower grille from magnetic grey to glossy black to make the front even more threatening . Finally, the fender strips were retouched on the front edge to improve both quality and production process.

Will most people even notice these subtle changes? Probably not, but as Ford points out, in the world of the Ford Mustang, every little nuance has a purpose. The team wanted to make sure the reborn Mach 1 was absolutely perfect and worthy of its predecessors, and they're obviously pleased with the finished product.

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 2021 is powered by a modified version of Ford's 5.0-litre V8, which produces 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Transmission options include the Tremec 3160 6-speed manual transmission and Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission.

Of course, the Mustang Mach 1 is the exceptional return of the beast. Its Magneride suspension, stiffer chassis and modified steering make it more sporty and dynamic than ever. But the Ford Mustang continues to be available in all versions, from the simple convertible to the powerful Shelby. It's up to you to choose your modern legend.

Subtle Changes for Mustang Mach 1 2021
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