It will be interesting to see a comparison between both cars. I've always respected Ford for turning the Mustang into a car that can actually handles its own around corners and on a track rather than just a drag racer like Dodge.Interesting and possible if the new Z doesn't deliver, although still comes in at $54K+. New Z should still undercut this with the 400HP TT but the handling should also match or exceed that given power, will see.
With the $3K Handling Pkg...... 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 First Drive Review: Thunder Macher!
"In the Mach 1, we were comfortable halfway through the first lap. As usual, Michelin's inimitable Cup 2s continue to be street-legal cheat codes for track work; teamed with the magnetorheological suspension, the sticky shoes lowered the learning curve, and quick. The Mach 1's power delivery is linear and caramel-thick, and it corners with no surprises whatsoever, even when treating the throttle as you might in a rental slicing through the Rockies.
Confidence, confidence, confidence. Like all Mustangs of this generation, the steering is light and lacking in ultimate feel, but the Mach 1's setup is accurate and spectacularly predictable. Any oversteer is telegraphed early and could be caught with buttered palms, and the assist systems, well, assist with a light touch. If you stick a boot too far up the Mach 1's rear and need to haul everything back down to sanity, the Brembos bite strong and fade late, but we were only able to pace the cars through two hot laps before a cool-down, so your mileage may vary during extended track days.
Front-end grip is tremendous, leading to bulk-defying turn-in speeds and late braking. Again, predictability is the predominant sensation, with impeccable combination footwork from the tires, suspension, and Shelby-grade rear assembly.
The Tremec six-speed is the real star of the Mach 1's track day show; compared to the GT and Bullitt's MT82, the Tremec is smooth and easier to shift quickly. Unlike the GT350's version of the 3160, though, the Mach 1's 'box incorporates the GT and Bullitt's rev-match and no-lift-shift functions."
But if (god forbid) the Z doesn't deliver for some reason, I don't know if the first place I'd go is the Mustang.