The sixth-generation Ford Mustang may be an all-new design for now, but it will quickly seem out of date once newer offerings like the sixth-generation Camaro come along. As a result, Ford has a mid-cycle update planned for the 2018 model year, and it could come with a special Mustang Mach 1 performance variant.
According to Automotive News, Ford will apply an updated front fascia and make a few other small changes to the Mustang for 2018. At the same time, the automaker will swap the six-speed automatic transmission currently serving in the car with the new 10-speed automatic transmission for rear-wheel drive applications it is co-developing with GM.
Both these changes may be present on the rumored Mach 1, which we assume will be a limited-edition performance package not too dissimilar from the 2003-2004 Mustang Mach 1. It could include Mach 1 decals and graphics, model exclusive wheels and other cosmetic enhancements, or even suspension and engine upgrades.
We’ll have to wait until at least 2017 to know what the Mach 1 will truly be all about, but we’re okay with that, as we have the unhinged Mustang Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R to hold us over.