The all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV has gained a hot GT variant, rivalling Tesla’s Model Y Performance
The Ford Mustang Mach-E made its UK debut in February yet despite promising EV stats its performance, or rather lack of, has yet to really live up to the Mustang name. Ford is hoping to address this with a new high performance variant of its first bespoke EV called the Mach-E GT though, uprating both its performance and looks.
Making its European debut last week in the Netherlands, the model pairs an 88kWh battery with an electric motor on each axle for a combined output of 459bhp and 829Nm of torque. This is significantly more than the most powerful Mach-E so far which produces a more demure 332bhp and 581Nm for reference, and is more powerful than an actual Mustang GT, which produces 444bhp from its 5-litre V8. Against rivals like the new Tesla Model Y Performance power is almost identical, but the Mach-E wins out on paper with an additional 152Nm of torque.
As you’d expect from an all-wheel drive, all-electric car acceleration is brisk – 3.7sec is enough to cover the 0-100kmph sprint, 1.4sec quicker than the ordinary Mach-E AWD. Top speed is a somewhat low for its class at 200kmph, 21kmph quicker than its standard siblings, but the range-topping Model Y goes on to a top speed of 249kmph.
Due to its heightened performance and slightly smaller battery pack, the Mach-E GT’s range is rated at 499 kilometeres (WLTP) on single charge, sacrificing 40 kilometers over the standard Mach-E AWD and 111 kilometeres RWD variants fitted with the extended 99kWh battery.
The Mach-E doesn’t just bring extra performance to the package though, as it will also feature a host of extra kit as standard including Ford’s MagneRide adaptive suspension, larger 20” wheels, Ford Performance seats and exclusive colours including Grabber Blue and Cyber Orange.
Styling changes are subtle, however the use of a grille more traditional in appearance bridges the visual gap between it and the Mustang Coupe, as well as allowing for larger air intakes to keep that uprated powertrain cool.
We are not sure if the Mach-E GT will make its way to India or not, but if it does it will go up against the likes of other electric SUVs like Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and of course, Tesla's Y Model Performance if it ever goes on sale in India. As for now, we can expect the Ford Mustang Mach-E in India which is scheduled for launch in 2021.