Ford's 900hp electric SEMA Mustang has a manual transmission

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Ford is definitely bringing the goodies to SEMA this year. This car is no exception.

Many internet warriors these days would say that a 900hp car isn't impressive because with 1000+ hp cars out there and a handful getting up over 1500-2000 (See: Bugatti Chiron/some private builders), 900 seems small. Trust me it's not. Couple that with an electric car getting 900hp and it seems even less impressive. With the Tesla Model S pushing over 700-800hp, what's 900 in a Mustang? YAWN. But here's where you'd be so, SO wrong and it has nothing to do with the power output.

Yes, 900 is impressive. That's my opinion and it's the right one. I've driven an 800hp car (Dodge Hellcat Redeye is 797). It is mind boggling and those saying anything otherwise have never had the experience. And with the electric side you get instant torque making the acceleration that much more savage and the experience that much more insane.

One of the drawbacks to electric cars is the transmission. Ie, there is none. It's all one "gear" since the cars are electric drive. But here is where the Ford Mustang "Lithium" is so special. With its 900hp and 1000lbft of torque it's seriously quick, yes. But it also has a manual transmission. This is nearly unheard of in electric cars.

From Ford's website:

"An electrified street-ready beast, Mustang Lithium is low and sleek, with custom carbon fiber body components, a 1.0-inch lowered stance and 20-inch staggered fitting forged wheels. Under the hood, the differences are electrifying: a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters – all powered by an 800-volt Webasto battery system with EVDrive Technology that can discharge a mega-watt of electrical energy.

At 800 volts, that’s twice the voltage of most electric cars on the road today. This allows the system to be lighter, more powerful and generate less heat, and more electric force than most battery-electric systems on the road today.

In a unique twist, Mustang Lithium features a manual transmission and uses a drag-strip proven Calimer-version of the Getrag MT82 6-speed transmission with billet internals to handle the 1,000 ft.-lbs. of torque. Ford Performance half shafts and Super 8.8 Torsen® differential help supply power to the road via lightweight Forgeline wheels wearing Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4S tires.

In a unique twist, Mustang Lithium features a manual transmission and uses a drag-strip proven Calimer-version of the Getrag MT82 6-speed transmission with billet internals to handle the 1,000 ft.-lbs. of torque. Ford Performance half shafts and Super 8.8 Torsen® differential help supply power to the road via lightweight Forgeline wheels wearing Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4S tires."

Guys, this thing RIPS. Raise your hand if you'd own one. I would, like, yesterday.

Ford says the Mustang Lithium hints at the future of the Ford Performance division. I welcome that sentiment especially since a manual trans is possible in an electric car. The noise is gone and that is a huge bummer, but Ford even slightly making an enthusiast based decision and adding the manual to this car leaves me hopeful for the future.

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Comments (52)
  • Very good but the main reason people buy mustangs is because of the v8.

    3 days ago
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    • 100% true but this or a Tesla

      1 day ago
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    • Absolutely! I cannot disagree with you! But if we're going to have to accept an electric future this is the least unacceptable option so far. Personally I want a hydrogen powered...

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      1 day ago
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  • That really has the makings of a proper car...

    3 days ago
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    • Just noticed. A real hand brake. 🤩.

      1 day ago
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