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Ford Just Killed the Mustang GT’s Highest Performing Variant

The Ford Mustang is, without a doubt, one of the best-selling sports cars in the United States. As of late, the iconic muscle car has undergone some significant changes. In June, Ford announced the resurgence of the Mustang Mach 1 as a high-performance version of the GT. Toward the beginning of October, we saw Ford take an ax to the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R. A new order guide published on BlueOvalForums reported via Muscle Cars & Trucks details that the GT’s capable Performance Pack Level 2 won’t return for 2021.

Farewell Performance Pack Level 2

The Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 is the best-performing GT model.
Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 | Ford

The Mustang GT with the Performance Pack Level 2 option was the best-performing version of the model available. Despite the $6,500 cost of entry, the optional package brought a ton of performance goodies. The most visually apparent upgrade is the set of 19-inch wheels. The wheels are 10.5 inches wide in the front and 11 inches wide in the rear. In terms of tires, the pack includes a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2.

For stopping power, Ford equipped the Mustang with Brembo six-piston calipers. The real magic of the Performance Pack Level 2 is in the suspension and chassis upgrades. A MagneRide adjustable damper system comes included with a track-focused state of tune. A strut tower brace and K-brace help stiffen up the chassis and provide greater rigidity.

While the Performance Pack may not enhance the Mustang’s 460-hp output, it equips it with all of the other necessary components to make the best use of that power.

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The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is one of the brand's most iconic muscle cars.
Ford Mustang Mach 1 | Ford

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The Ford Mustang GT PP2’s demise comes hot on the heels of the resurgence of the Mach 1. Like the GT PP2, the Mach 1 is a high-performance Mustang with track-focused features. However, unlike the PP2, the Mach 1 is a special edition, meaning it will likely only be on sale for a few years.

The Mach 1 offers notable performance upgrades over the GT and GT PP2 with a more powerful 480-hp output, suspension elements from the Shelby GT500, and improved aerodynamic components. However, these extras come at a premium. For the Mach 1 to succeed, there can’t be a similar product offered at a lower price.

The benefit of the Performance Pack 2 is that it can be optioned on a lower optioned GT. The Mustang GT starts at $35,880. While PP2 costs $6,500, it also requires the 301A Equipment GroupĀ for $2,000. With everything included, the cheapest Mustang GT PP2 costs $45,575. In Contrast, the Mustang Mach 1 starts at just over $52,000. To get the best of the Mach 1, you’ll have to option its Handling Package. Although Ford hasn’t published official pricing for the Handling Package, expect it to carry a significant premium.

There will be an open gap in the Mustang’s lineup

The Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 is the best-performing GT model.
Ford Mustang GT | Sjoerd van der Wal via Getty Images

Given the Ford Mustang Mach 1’s special edition status and the disappearance of the PP2, GT350, and GT350R, there will be a gap in the lineup. While the Performance Pack Level 1 will carry on, it doesn’t offer the performance benefits of Level 2. As the Mach 1 exits production in a few years, there will be room yet again for a high-performance Mustang. Whether Ford will revive the Performance Pack Level 2 or create a new variant remains to be seen.