Ford has confirmed that its Mach-E will spawn a GT Performance Edition with more power next year, with the top-spec electric SUV producing 480hp and 634lb ft of torque, courtesy of an upgraded battery pack. At this stage it’s only confirmed for the US, but PH has learnt that Ford remains set on bringing the GT Performance Edition to Europe, with Britain included in the list. It’ll sit above the existing Mach-E model, rather than supersede it.
That means UK buyers will have two Mach-Es to choose from (and five models badged as Mustangs, if you consider these electric cars to be part of the same lineage that includes the V8 and 2.3 coupes). With the ‘standard’ EV producing 465hp, even the base Mach-E trumps the V8 GT ‘stang’s 450hp peak output. Not that we’re suggesting the name sharers are directly comparable...
Anyway, the GT Performance Edition is here to appease fans of EVs not already impressed by the Mach-E’s 3.7-second 0-60mph time (with the US system’s one-foot rollout start), with a sprint time that shaves two tenths from that benchmark. The new model also gets an EPA-estimated 235-mile range, which is a fair bit shorter than the 310 miles claimed for the Mach-E Iine in 88kWh extended range format - presumably as a result of the GT Performance Edition favouring performance over parsimony.
We’re told to expect better handling from the top variant, as well, along an aesthetic tweak to signal its ranking. As standard on the US car are 20-inch alloys wrapped in 245-width Pirellis, while variant-specific Ford MagneRide adaptive dampers are said to enhance ride and performance. Inside, there are higher-spec seats and an instrument panel bearing a unique, aluminium – sorry, aloominum – plaque. And on the boot/trunk, there’s a Performance Edition GT badge. Expect much of the same on the Europe-bound version – which will apparently arrive a few months after the US cars, probably in September.
“We already pushed the envelope by creating an electric vehicle with the pony badge, so it’s only natural that we push it even further,” said Darren Palmer, Ford’s global director of battery electric vehicles. “Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition not only gives you the added performance you expect from the GT name, but accentuates the thrill with the responsiveness of an all-electric powertrain.”
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