• The Ford Mach-E GT Performance Edition Is Almost As Quick As The Shelby GT500

The Ford Mach-E Performance Edition is incredibly quick, but still slower than the Tesla Model X

Ford just released info on the highly anticipated Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, and the all-electric SUV is quicker than all Mustang models save for the Shelby GT500. It also comes with a bit more torque than the regular Mach-E GT, as well as extra features inside the cabin.

The Ford Mach-E GT Performance Edition is almost as quick as the Shelby GT500

The Ford Mach-E GT Performance Edition Is Almost As Quick As The Shelby GT500
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The Mustang Mach-E may not have much in common with the iconic pony car, but the GT Performance Edition version is actually quicker than most versions of the two-door coupe.

Fitted with two electric motors, just like the regular GT trim, the GT Performance Edition comes with 480 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque on tap. While horsepower remains identical to the GT, torque is higher by 34 pound-feet.

How does it compare to the Ford Mustang? Well, it clearly packs more punch than the EcoBoost and GT versions. Namely, the Mach-E comes with an extra 170 horses and 284 pound-feet over the EcoBoost and an extra 20 horses and 214 pound-feet more than the Mustang GT. It doesn’t deliver as much power as the Shelby GT350, rated at 526 horsepower (46 more than the Mach-E), but it generates an extra 205 pound-feet of twist. Compared to the Shelby GT500, the Mach-E GT Performance Edition misses a whopping 280 horsepower and packs an extra nine pound-feet of twist.

Ford says the Performance Edition needs only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. This rating makes it Ford’s quickest electric car to date. The Performance Edition is a solid 0.3 seconds quicker than the Mach-E GT it is based on.

It’s also quicker than any Ford Mustang model sans the GT500. Despite the power deficit compared to the G500’s supercharged V-8, the Mach-E GT Performance Edition is only two tenths slower than the Shelby model. And that’s mighty impressive.

Compared to the Tesla Model X, the Mach-E GT Performance Edition slots right between the Long Range Plus and Performance versions. While it’s 0.9 seconds quicker than the Model X Long Rage Plus to 60 mph, it’s 0.9 seconds slower than the Model X Performance variant.

When it comes to range, Ford says it can drive for up to 235 miles on a single charge. That’s notably lower than the Tesla Model X, rated at up to 341 miles in Performance trim and up to 371 miles in Long Range Plus setup.

The Ford Mach-E GT Performance Edition comes with extra goodies

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The Performance Edition is not just a Mach-E GT with extra torque.

The SUV also comes with bigger wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires for improved handling, as well as bigger brakes from Brembo.

It also rides on the MagneRide suspension that enables various setups. The front seats are also sportier than the GT model and feature Performance Gray ActiveX material with metallic stitching and Miko reflective inserts. The dashboard carries a unique aluminum insert.

The exterior color palette is shared with the Ford Mustang, so you can choose between the following:

  • Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Dark Matter Gray Metallic
  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Star White Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Grabber Blue Metallic
  • Shadow Black
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Space White Metallic.

When can you buy the Ford Mach-E GT Performance Edition?

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While you can already order the regular Mach-E, the GT model is available for reservations only. The Performance Edition version is not listed yet, but if you reserve the Mach-E GT, you will be able to add the Performance Edition package in sprint 2021, when the GT will go on sale officially. Both GT and GT Performance Edition variants will hit dealerships in late summer 2021.

Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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