Yesterday, we finally got more information on the exciting Ford Mustang Mach-E GT. The regular Mach-E is cool, but can be described as a little ordinary. The GT is a true performance vehicle that just so happens to be powered by batteries and come in a crossover body style. Roadshow just got a first drive in the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, giving us our first look at the vehicle on track. And it looks far more at home there than an electric crossover has any right to.
But that’s exactly what Ford wanted with the car. It’s more than just a more powerful Mustang Mach-E, as Ford has fitted the car with their trick MagneRide dampers, larger 20 inch wheels wrapped in sticky Pirelli P-Zero tires and Brembo brakes. Power and torque output is still hugely impressive though, with 480 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. In the case of this particular model, which is a GT Performance Edition, torque is further increased to 634 lb-ft. Check out what that results in on track below, with some great driving by vehicle program director Dave Pericak.
Over the twisty, undulating road at Ford’s Dearborn Proving Grounds, the Mustang Mach-E GT looks like it has some excellent chassis control, great performance and is happy to let the driver have some fun. One of our biggest takeaways is when Pericak said, “it’s not really an SUV,” when speaking about the vehicle’s low center of gravity.
When we drove the regular Mustang Mach-E, we described it as more of an electric hot hatch than a SUV or crossover. With the Mach-E GT, that’s even more apparent. We also appreciate that Ford gave the Mustang Mach-E GT a more rear biased drive setup, with 60 percent of the power going to the rear wheels. This should make it a lot more playful in spirited driving, especially given the fast you can turn stability and traction control completely off. Finally, the Unbridled Extend drive mode is a clever way to ensure that fun lasts for longer.
Overall, the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is looking like it lives up to the GT name, regardless of the fact it doesn’t have a V8 under the hood.