Over the past couple weeks, multiple VIN decoders and leaks have been revealed to allegedly correspond to multiple 2021 model year Ford model and Mustang specific variants. One was specifically was listed for a new F-150 truck, while another VIN decoded to the new model of the Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle, based on the mustang platform. However, even more shocking was the apparent omission of the Shelby GT350 and GT350R trim packages, and the additional of the Mach 1 nameplate.
Posted this week to Mustang Mach-E forum MachEClub.com, the VIN decoder in question suggests that all engine options available on the 2020 Mustang will continue to be available for the 2021 model, sans one of the 2020 5.2-liter power plants. Both the naturally aspirated Voodoo in the GT350 and supercharged Predator in the GT500 share this displacement, but only the GT500 is listed as an available body style for the 2021 Mustang.
If this is truly the case, that should make the limited run of the GT350s, and even more rare run of the GT350R models hold on to their value just a little longer. While the 2020 GT500 is an amazing care in its own right, purists have still been flocking to the GT350/R models due to their true-to-nature Tremec 6-Speed manual transmission, found only in the GT350/R. As a fellow GT350 owner, if this is the swan song of the GT350, it will go down as quite possibly the most beloved mustang in recent times, only overshadowed by the mythical Terminator of 2003/2004 lore.
Whats also interesting is the addition of not one, but two separate 5.0L engines in the lineup. Some have speculated this could be akin to the SN95 model year of the previous gen Mach 1, which last graced the roads back in 2004. In 2003-2004 Trim, the Mach 1 shared a block with the 03/04 Terminator Cobra, however it lacked the Eaton supercharger of the Cobra, as well as the forged internal parts.