Ford’s not ready to kick off Mach-E deliveries but brought the EV to Chicago

Although it was unveiled with big fanfare at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford’s Mustang Mach-E all-electric crossover made an appearance in Chicago as well. There, journos had the chance of taking it for a quick spin as well as get up close and personal with the EV. Mind you, the car was nothing more than a pre-production prototype.

Either way, those present for the test drive got to see just how quick the Mach-E is from a standstill, and by the looks of it, it’s pretty zippy, even if the conditions weren’t ideal. And by conditions we mean the rolling surface.

Ford trumpeted a lot of sportiness in regard to the Mach-E, so it has to deliver

Watch a 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E Accelerate Swiftly on Polished Concrete Exterior
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According to GT Spirit, the Mach-E caught on video will pulling the zero to something sprint was an AWD model. Now, we know as per Ford’s press release from last year that the base AWD Mach-E is quicker than the base Porsche Macan to 60 mph, so it should dispatch the interval in around six seconds, maybe even less.

Now, it’s hard to pinpoint what sort of powertrain was fitted under this particular Mach-E, but we do know that the Standard Range Premium and Select AWD models pack 255 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. Extended Range First Edition AWD is good for 332 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque, while Extended Range GT Performance AWD delivers 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque.

Ford Mach-E Performance
Battery Type Drive Type Performance Horsepower and torque
Select Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive 255 HP / 306 LB-FT
Select Standard Range All-Wheel Drive 255 HP / 417 LB-FT
Premium Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive 255 HP / 306 LB-FT
Premium Standard Range All-Wheel Drive 255 HP / 417 LB-FT
Premium Extended Range Rear-Wheel Drive 282 HP / 306 LB-FT
Premium Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 332 HP / 417 LB-FT
First Edition Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 332 HP / 417 LB-FT
California Route 1 Extended Range Rear-Wheel Drive 282 HP / 306 LB-FT
GT Performance Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 459 HP / 612 LB-FT

The latter can accelerate from naught to 60 mph in under four seconds according to FoMoCo, but there are no figures to better paint that picture.

Coming back to the video at hand, you can easily see how the Mach-E (darn, calling it a Mustang is so hard) struggles for grip at first, but eventually the traction control helps the tires get the right amount of bite, letting the SUV gain speed swiftly. Remember, the launch happened on polished concrete, which is way more slippery than regular concrete or asphalt, for that matter - that’s what caused that wheel shriek you also get to hear quite a lot in parking lots.

Watch a 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E Accelerate Swiftly on Polished Concrete Exterior
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Back in November 2019, Ford said the Mach-E is to hit showrooms in mid-2020, so we’ll still have to wait quite some time before we see the first cars on the street. At least it’s good to see those sportiness claims validated.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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