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2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1

2003 Mach 1

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 black.

2003 Mach 1 Shaker

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.

2003 mach 1 interior seats

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.

2003 mach 1 motor engine

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.

2003 mach 1 wheel

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.

2003 Mach 1 Specifications


Engine Modular 4.6L DOHC V8 (Aluminum Block) - 4 Valve Heads
Displacement 4.6L or 281 cid
Horsepower 305 @ 6000
Torque 320 @ 4250
Compression 10.1 to 1
Fuel Premium (91+ octane)
Exhaust Stainless steel with chrome tips
Transmission 5 speed Tremec or 4 speed automatice AODE
Final drive ratio 3.55: 1


Front Independent, modified MacPherson strut with Separate spring on lower arm and stabilizer bar
Front springs 600 lb Helical coil, rubber-insulated, unique linear rate
Front struts Integral with Tokico strut, gas-pressurized, Hydraulic, unique valving
Rear Four-bar link with coil springs on lower arm, unique horizontal axle damper and stabilizer bar
Rear springs 250 lb Helical coil, rubber-insulated; unique linear rate
Rear shocks Unique axle damper, gas-pressurized, hydraulic. Vertical Tokico shock absorbers with horizontal axle dampers, unique valving
Sway bars front: 26.5 mm, rear 23mm
Steering power assisted rack and pinion with 15.3:1 ratio
Front brakes 13 inch Brembo vented discs with aluminum dual piston calipers
Rear brakes 11.7 inch Brembo vented discs with aluminum dual piston calipers
Wheels 17 x 8-inch Magnum 500-style "Heritage Style" (5 spoke)
Tires Goodyear 245/45ZR17 Eagle ZR45

Interior Dimensions

Head Room (Fr/Rr): 38.1/35.5
Leg Room (Fr/Rr): 42.6/29.9
Shoulder Room (Ft/Rr): 53.6/52.1
Hip Room (Ft/Rr): 52.8/47.4

Exterior Dimensions & Weight

Curb Weight(MT/AT): 3465/3475
Wt. Dist. (Man-Auto): 57/43-57/43
Wheelbase(Ft/Rr): 101.3
Track (Ft/Rr): 60.2/60.6
Length: 183.2
Width: 73.1
Height: 52.4

Capacity & Volume

Cargo Volume (EPA/Mfr): 11/10.9
Fuel Capacity: 15.7
Tow Capacity (Std/Max): 1000/1000
Seating (Std.): 4
Seating (Opt.): NA
Pass. Vol. (EPA/Mfr): 82/83.0

Consumer Information

Assembly Plant Dearborn, Michigan, USA
Basic Warranty 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-bumper
Roadside Assist 3 years/36,000 miles
Air bags Driver and front passenger
ABS standard
Price $28,370


Quarter Mile 13.2 @ 106.7mph (5 speed), 13.88 @ 102mph (automatic)
0-60mph 4.7 seconds (5 speed), 5.6 seconds (auto)
Skidpad 0.85 g's


Total 2003 Mach 1 9652
  Mach 1 with M/T - 7709
Mach 1 with A/T - 1943

Break Down Mach 1 by Color
Black - 1611
Dark Shadow Gray - 1595
Zinc Yellow - 869
Azure Blue - 2250
Torch Red - 2513
Oxford White - 814


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