Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 Dies So That the Mach 1 Can Live
Automakers are constantly mixing up option packages, for both obvious and obscure reasons. For the 2021 model year, there are plenty of changes coming to the Ford Mustang lineup – and yes, that will affect its options. The most notable change is the introduction of the 2021 Mustang Mach 1, a special performance model that pulls double serve and takes over from the Bullitt and Shelby GT350, incorporating bits of both, as well as the Mustang GT Performance Pack 2. With some good comes the bad, however: Like other Mach 1 parts donors, the Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 is now dead, too.
The changes were discovered on the Blue Oval forums and reported by Muscle cars and trucks, and a Ford spokesperson confirmed the discontinuation of the Performance Pack 2 for MotorTrend. And the important point to remember here is that the Mach 1 will be the only way to get the Performance Pack 2 parts on a 2021 Mustang – a model with a much higher starting price than the cheaper 2020 Mustang as an option with the PP2 package.
Here’s what the Mach 1 uses from the PP2: Track-calibrated MagneRide adaptive shocks, stiffer front springs, stiffer anti-roll bars, unique power steering calibration, and a brake booster. Unless Ford chooses to make these options available individually or in a different package at a later date, you’ll need to purchase a limited-edition Mach 1 to get them.
Let’s talk about price for a second. Using Ford’s 2020 Mustang configurator, the cheapest Mustang equipped with PP2 retails for $ 45,575. The Mach 1 starts at $ 52,915 – a difference of $ 7,340, although the Mach 1 clearly comes with a lot of unique performance and appearance upgrades that you couldn’t get on a 2020 PP2, like the manual. 6-speed Tremec and the GT350 intake manifold. All of this needs to be taken into account when considering the value proposition. But it cannot be denied that it will cost more to match the track-ready level of performance of PP2 in 2021.
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