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Ford Mustang Mach-E GT: Plenty Of Juice In This Electric Crossover

More power, cooler looks, and plenty of upgrades, the quicker Mach-E bangs.

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Shaking things up is something Ford is good at. Back in the 1960s, it pushed the sports car world forward, introducing the legendary Mustang. Nearly sixty years later, the Dearborn, Michigan company is changing the game with Mustangs again, now with a fully-electric crossover model called the Mustang Mach-E. Longtime Ford enthusiasts have shared mixed opinions about the naming conventions applied to this new model, but the company insists upon its place as part of the brand.

At the beginning of this year, I had the chance to review the initial Mach-E, in a middle-of-the-road configuration, and was impressed with it overall. Particularly as a solid option against the Chevrolet Bolt (which I also reviewed in its last generation) and the Tesla Model Y. When Ford announced it was releasing a faster variant, carrying the GT badge, I was aching to have a chance behind the wheel. Thankfully the Mach-E GT has now hit the street, and the good folks at Ford sent one my way for a week-long test.

The Key Numbers

Ford offers the Mustang Mach-E in several trims, depending on how much power--and how many driven wheels--you desire. All Mach-E models are four-door crossovers, the power options include 68 and 88 kWh setups for the standard and Premium models, with rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. All Mach-E models offer DC fast charging, when you need to recharge more quickly. The Mustang Mach-E has a base price of $42,895 before tax credits (up to $7,500 depending on your location), with the price bumping up moderately as you choose more power, range, and driven wheels.

In its base 68 kWh, rear-wheel-drive form, the Mach-E produces 266 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque, sprints from 0-60 MPH in 5.8 seconds, and offers a reasonable 230 miles of range on a full charge. The sweet spot Premium eAWD model I tested earlier this year had the extended-range 88 kWh battery which produces 346 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque, can run from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, provides 270 miles of range, and had an MSRP of $55,800 before tax incentives are applied.

Ford's new Mustang Mach-E GT takes things to another level, offering two choices for your power-craving needs. Powered by a bigger 88 kWh battery pack, the Mach-E GT produces 480 horsepower and 600 lb-ft (814 Nm) of torque. Through its eAWD system, the Mach-E GT can sprint from 0-60 MPH in just 3.8 seconds, which is damn quick for a crossover that has a curb weight of 4,962 pounds. Outright fun might be the emphasis of the Mach-E GT, but it still has an EPA-estimated 270 miles of electric range.

To round out the GT package, Ford adds in a cool set of 20-inch wheels, bigger Brembo brakes with red-painted calipers, more impactful carbonized fascia with an illuminated pony badge, bigger side skirts, body-colored fender flares, a larger rear diffuser, and sportier bucket seats with better lateral support within a cabin that's wrapped in upgraded materials versus the standard Mach-E offerings. The Grabber Blue Metallic Mustang Mach-E GT I tested has a starting price of $59,900, and after adding Ford's Co-Pilot 360 with BlueCruise and a panoramic roof, the total MSRP hit $64,200 after destination.

If you demand an even more exhilarating electric crossover, Ford offers the Mustang Mach-E GT with its Performance Edition. This variant maintains the same horsepower as the GT, but adds 34 lb-ft of torque, quickens the 0-60 MPH run to 3.5 seconds, improves the ride quality with Ford's MagneRide suspension, fits sportier looking 20-inch wheels wrapped with stickier Pirelli P Zero tires, and tosses in seats with even more support. Expect to part with an additional $5,000 to step up to the Mach-E GT Performance Edition.

Someone at Ford thinks they're clever.

Someone at Ford thinks they're clever.

A Good Daily Driving EV

As your city car, the Mustang Mach-E is quite good. While there's a ton of power at your disposal, utilize the Mach-E's "Whisper" drive mode in town to more lightly apply the horses to preserve range while making the propulsion sounds pumped through the speakers more tame. "Engage" is the middle drive mode, which offers a nice balance of power, with a hint more power consumption. The Mach-E GT won't let you forget what sort of power potential it offers, making any freeway on-ramps exciting sprints, and passing any slower traffic quicker than a motoring journalist seeking out the shrimp during cocktail hour at a new vehicle launch.

Ride quality is noticeably firm, which is pronounced as the Mach-E hits any bumps and cracks on the road. The Mach-E GT Performance Edition benefits from the MagneRide adaptive suspension, which I wish was an option on the standard GT. Electric steering is over-boosted at speeds over 45 MPH, but it doesn't take much time to adjust to, and is still quite precise at normal city speeds. All-season Continental tires maintain decent grip in any condition, and don't make too much noise. Brake pedal feel has a hint of numbness upon initial application, due to the regenerative feature, but the overall sensation is decent, and you can go fully into one-pedal mode if you want the regen to do the braking for you.

Stylish upgrades for the Mach-E GT definitely pay off versus its normal siblings, and the new fascia, body-painted fender flares, and aero wheels make it stand out. Ford is smart to give the tail end of the roofline a back panel up top, tricking your eyes into thinking the Mach-E GT looks more like a coupe than a crossover. The FordPass app allows you to set up your phone as a digital key, which is nice if you go for a run at your local park, and don't want to worry about losing the physical key. If you don't want to set up your phone as a key, Ford still fits a keypad to the driver door, allowing you to safely lock your key inside.

The Mach-E GT may look like a small sportscar carved into a crossover body, but its cabin is remarkably spacious. Opting for the panoramic roof helps make the cockpit seem even more massive. The GT's seats are a big upgrade over the basic buckets in the standard Mach-E models (one little gripe in my Mach-E review earlier this year), giving me all the right support while adding to the GT's sporty theme. Rear passengers will appreciate the sportier fabric and stitching applied to the GT's seats, while enjoying a healthy 38 inches of legroom.

Cargo space in the rear hatch is plentiful, even if the swept roofline takes away a couple inches up top, and if you need to stash even more stuff away, the lack of engine up front makes for an extra chunk of storage space in the frunk. Ford gives the Mach-E a foot-activated sensor to open the rear hatch, for times when you've got your hands full. The frunk can double as a cooler too, with a drain plug in its floor.

The Mach-E has a massive 15.5-inch infotainment display (and a massive volume knob), incorporating wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into Ford's SYNC 4A software, with a wireless mobile charging pad under the screen. Paired with a 10-speaker premium Bang & Olufsen audio system, the Mach-E thumps. To keep the driver more informed without taking their eyes of the road, the Mustang Mach-E also benefits from a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster mounted directly ahead of the steering wheel which also has physical controls for the audio and cruise systems.

All-Electric Infrastructure Challenges

Even though it packs a ton of power and torque, the Mach-E GT still boasts 270 miles of range (and 260 if you upgrade to the Performance Edition). I was making sure the Mach-E GT was fast regularly, yet was getting consumption around 2.6 miles per kWh. To help charging take up less of your day, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has up to 150kW DC fast charging capability, able to recharge from 20% to 80% in the amount of time it takes you to do your shopping in the grocery store. That last 20% is going to take a couple hours longer to finish charging, to preserve the life of the Mach-E's battery pack.

Public charging infrastructure is still a massive hurdle to overcome, but a homeowner with a garage will be fine, and would be smart to upgrade to a faster charger. Fortunately Austin has a handful of fast charging points downtown, not far from my place, but you'd be smart to research the charging setups in your city before buying your first EV. I like being able to track the charging progress and track down public charging points in the FordPass app too.

Worthy Of The GT Badge?

Not that the Mach-E Premium I tested early this year was slow, but the new GT absolutely smokes it. Two full seconds faster from 0-60, the GT makes effective use of the additional 134 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque driven through an upgraded secondary electric motor. What's more impressive is how quick the Mach-E GT feels when you punch the go pedal while you're already cruising at freeway speeds, unleashing acceleration that will plant your eyeballs firmly in the back of your head.

Tap the infotainment screen to let loose the "Unbridled" drive mode, and the Mach-E GT screams with the slightest accelerator tap, coupled with rumbly propulsion sounds pumped through the speakers. If the batteries are charged enough, and the outside temperature is just right, Ford will allow you to toggle the Mustang Mach-E's Unbridled Extended mode, which unleashes the fury. I had three passengers on-board during a quick nighttime drive on empty roads, and stuffed their asses into the Mach-E's seats while watching the battery life percentage plunge.

Grip is supplied by 245/45R20 Continental all-season tires, which are okay, but not fantastic in the corners. The Mach-E GT Performance Edition steps up to wider Pirelli P Zero summer rubber, which definitely improves cornering capability. Packing the batteries low in the chassis helps maintain a low center of gravity, which keeps body roll to a minimum in the bends. I don't love the feedback from the Mach-E GT's electric steering, that still feels slightly disconnected when tossing the electric crossover into a turn. This may have to do with the artificial sensations provided from the beginning of steering input, with an extra fake heft as steering angle increases.

Exiting a corner is a rush of speed, with the all-wheel-drive setup shifting power to the rear wheels nicely when demanded. The big Brembo brakes do a decent job of scrubbing speed from the nearly 5,000-pound Mach-E, and there's only a tiny bit of fade exhibited if you toss this electric crossover over longer stretches of winding back roads.

As I mentioned in my city driving comments, the Mach-E GT's springs are far too stiff, and make it a little twitchy in the corners. If you're spending the money on a Mustang Mach-E GT, drop the extra $5,000 to upgrade to the Performance Edition, primarily to get Ford's MagneRide adaptive dampers. I wish Ford gave the Mach-E a custom drive mode too, to best tone down the steering and suspension firmness. Other than these requests, the Mach-E GT is damn fun to throw around.

A Faster Variant Improves Upon An Already Great EV

When I drove the Mach-E at the start of the year, I said it was a fantastic new entry into the EV space that's been dominated by Tesla for years. With a sportier appearance, stronger value, and better build quality, the Ford Mustang Mach-E definitely gets my recommendation. Especially when you opt for the premium trim level with the extended battery and eAWD setup. To satisfy the driver who wants more performance and cooler looks from their EV, the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT nails its marks.

I won't overlook the fact that the Mach-E GT is nearly $10,000 more expensive than the Premium model, but you get a ton of upgrades in the performance, styling, and cabin departments for that extra cash. Considering it's about the same price as a comparable Tesla Model Y Performance, the Mach-E GT is easily the winner for me. It may have a hint less range than the Model Y, but it looks much better, is more enjoyable to drive, and gets far more thumbs up from everyone that lays eyes upon it. If you're looking to step into a fast and versatile EV, the Mustang Mach-E GT is a fantastic way to go.

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Comments (11)

  • i like it. but if they just hadn't called it a 'mustang' everything would have been fine and no one would have complained.

      1 month ago
  • Bloody brilliant EV but utterly terrible mustang on so many levels

      1 month ago
  • Its not a mustang

      1 month ago
  • I’ve always thought this thing looks stunning… and wow!

      1 month ago
  • An electric abomination to mustang in crossover form. Ford is dead to me, if you like it… you are responsible for taking the basic petrol car away from the people.

      1 month ago
    • You realize Ford still sells the Mustang fastback with several petrol engine options, right?

        1 month ago