The 2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a car built from years of passionate
Mustang enthusiasts. Ford gave the public a sneak peek of it's ability
to honour the past Mustang lineage with the 2001 Bullitt Mustang.
This Mach 1 is primarily a 2003
Mustang GT with a Cobra 4.6 liter 4 valve DOHC V-8 motor and
upgraded suspension and interior/exterior features. The Mach 1 was
produced in limited numbers ensuring it's legacy as a collectable
car of the future.
The most visually arresting design cue on the 2003 Mach 1 is the
"shaker" scoop. The ram air scoop channels fresh air to
the intake, increasing the breathing for improved power and torque.
The scoop and the center powerdome hood are finished in low-gloss
The C-pillars feature a unique trim appliqué that gives the roofline
a subtle throwback appearance. To enhance the low-to-the-ground
appearance, the car features another classic Mach 1 trait, an air
dam extension, painted low-gloss black. A low-gloss black stripe
runs the length of the side just above the rocker moldings. For
2003 Mach 1 cars were offered in Black, Dark Shadow Grey Metallic,
Torch Red, Zinc Yellow, Oxford White and the Mach 1 only Azure Blue
Sitting inside Mach 1 is a blast from the past. The seats have
increased lateral support and are trimmed in one-of-a-kind "comfort
weave" black leather that is reminiscent to the material that
was unique to the original Mach 1.
The center stack and shifter bezel are painted in a gray accent
finish and highlighted by an aluminum shift boot ring and aluminum
shifter ball. The accelerator, brake, clutch and dead pedals are
polished aluminum. The gray-backed instrument cluster features unique
retro-look dials. Mach 1 comes standard with the Mach 460 six-disc
in-dash CD changer audio system.
Mach 1 is powered by a 4.6-liter, 32-valve, dual-overhead-cam V-8.
The engine makes use of specially calibrated cams, a modified upper
intake to accommodate the ram-air system, a forged crank (cast crank
in automatic transmission application) and performance exhaust manifolds
to produce 320 horsepower.
The vehicle is lowered one-half of an inch and is equipped with
a firmer suspension for improved handling. The handling package
includes new front and rear coil springs with adapted load and rate,
Tokico struts and shocks, unique stabilizer bars front and rear
and added frame rail connectors to stiffen the body.
Thirteen-inch front rotors and performance calipers provide excellent
stopping capability. The calipers have a black-anodized finish and
are visible through 17-inch Magnum 500 wheel spokes. Mach 1 comes
standard with anti-lock brakes and traction control.
In 1969, the Mach
1 was one of three new Mustang models. It featured fastback
body, an aggressively raked air dam, rear spoiler, "comfort-weave"
leather-trimmed seats and the now-famous "shaker hood scoop"
mounted directly onto the carburetor and fitted through an opening
in the hood.