It’s been a little while now since the Ford Mustang Mach-E was first introduced. And while we’re sure that there are still quite a few purists who hate the fact that this electric crossover wears a Mustang badge, they’re making less of a fuss as of late. After spending a bit of time with a few different Mustang Mach-E models, we can understand why. While it doesn’t drive like a muscle car per say, the Mach-E is a genuinely fun EV that is reminiscent of an overpowered hot hatch. Whether or not it was built to cope with tighter regulations, it is not a boring runabout. For this very reason, MC&T is excited to see what the more potent Mustang Mach-E GT is able to bring to the table.
Interestingly enough however, we have learned that the GT model wasn’t initially part of Ford’s EV plan.
The news comes by way of Ford’s global director of Battery Electric Vehicles Product Development Darren Palmer, who attended Ford’s 57th birthday bash for the Mustang. Palmer admitted that Ford knew the Mustang Mach-E was going to take a little time to win people over, suggesting that people’s opinion tends to change after spending time with one. He noted that the team’s work in tuning the EV platform has created a compelling vehicle, albeit different from the traditional Mustang. That said, he was also quick to share the following:
“We knew we needed to go further, so that’s why we went for the GT,” Palmer said. “So GT wasn’t originally in the plans, but when we saw what it could be we added it. And so the GT is launching soon and that brings it to another level. The performance on that thing, the acceleration, it’s like almost nothing we’ve ever sold. It’s going to really change people’s impression.”
The fact that the Mustang Mach-E GT wasn’t initially a part of Ford’s plans is somewhat curious. We’ve known about the Mach-E GT model since the debut of the SUV back in November of 2019. That announcement made sense at the time, as the new electric vehicle followed a similar lineup breakdown as its gasoline-powered counterpart. Furthermore, Tesla offers a wide range of power outputs across their various model ranges. It seemed natural that Ford would do the same. That said, it seems like Ford realized they could do more with the platform well after the Mach-E was set to debut.
The Mustang Mach-E GT is slated to be offered in two flavors: GT and GT Performance. The base car will arrive with 480 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, while the GT Performance gets 634 lb-ft of torque to work with. Ford says both electric vehicles will do 0-60 mph in 3.8 and 3.5 seconds, respectively. Like the gas-powered model, the GT Performance trim also brings 19-inch Brembo brakes up front, MagneRide dampers, and performance-rated tires. Both trim levels loose some range compared to the standard car, with ratings of 250 and 235 miles per charge. The Mustang Mach-E GT is rumored to makes its sales debut at the end of this month, at which point we’ll see if Ford’s decision to expand the lineup was truly a stroke of genius.