Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition go on sale in US

Range-topping electrified ‘Stang pumps out 358kW 

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

Talking points

  • Sub-4 second 0-100km/h times
  • New ‘Unbridled Extend’ track mode
  • GT Performance Edition scores Brembo brakes, Magneride dampers and Pirelli tyres

Ford America has begun accepting orders for its highly anticipated GT and GT Performance variants of its electrified Mustang Mach-E SUV crossover. 

The top-shelf versions score more power from their dual electric motors than the standard Mach-E, with the GT producing 358kW and 814Nm and the GT Performance offering the same power but more torque – 860Nm, to be precise. 

The extra grunt is sent to all four wheels of the new ponies, which translates to some quick 0-100km/h times, with the GT claiming to take just 3.8 seconds, and the GT Performance completing the sprint in a supercar-beating 3.5 seconds. 

The GTs aren’t just about blistering straight-line pace, however, with Ford claiming the vehicles’ dynamics have been thoroughly reworked for a more aggressive experience on and off the track. 

Ford has even built in a track-only mode called ‘Unbridled Extend’, which offers a bespoke tune for the car’s traction and stability control. 

Other features include a set of bespoke 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 245/45 tyres at all four corners, red brake calipers and larger rotors for better stopping power. 

The Blue Oval has also fitted the GT Performance with bigger Brembo brake calipers, Pirelli P-Zero tyres and adjustable Magneride dampers. 

Range is rated at 402 km for the Mach-E GT and 378 km for the GT Performance Edition, and charging times remain similar to the standard Mach-E, with the EVs capable of charging from 10 to 80 per cent in just 40 minutes when connected to a DC fast charging station.

Inside, the GTs score bespoke sports seats with copper piping, nine-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system, and the option of Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free semi-autonomous driving system.

Unfortunately, Ford Australia has told WhichCar there are no plans to bring the Mustang Mach-E Down Under – despite the EV being homologated for other right-hand drive markets like the UK. 

Australia’s first taste of an electrified Ford will be a plug-in hybrid version of the automaker’s mid-size SUV, the Escape. Although Ford has also confirmed its arrival has been pushed back nearly a year from its expected release date due to supply issues in Europe, and the SUV won’t land in local showrooms until early 2022.

The representative added: "Ford Australia’s EV line up will grow, first with our Escape PHEV SUV and soon with other BEVs and electrified models."

 

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