The Ford Mustang Mach-E Might Live Up to the Mustang Name After All
Ford has stirred the pot of a ‘high performance’ Mach-E in the futureby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 02:38
Slapping the Mach-E EV with the ‘Mustang’ moniker drew a lot of flak with the muscle car fanboys. At the onset, it seemed to be a way to promote Ford’s first fully-electric vehicle and add some credibility to it. But, it looks like the tables have turned and Ford is trying to justify the ‘Mustang’ badge on the Mach-E; or well, at least that’s one way to look at it.
Speaking with Road and Track, Ford’s Global Brand Director subtly hinted that the Mach-E could get even more powerful in the future. So, are we talking about 600+ horses here?
The company’s Global Brand Director, Jason Castriota, suggested that the GT Performance is not the pinnacle performance-vehicle in the lineup. “You can imagine that we can hopefully develop the Mustang Mach-E into greater performance versions,” he said. Ford gave us an early Christmas present this year when it announced that the Mach-E GT Performance Edition will be the quickest Mustang barring the GT500.
It will be powered by two motors that will churn out 480 ponies and 634 pound-feet of torque combined. It makes the same horsepower as the regular GT, but 34 pound-feet of torque more.
This allows the Mustang Mach-E to sprint to 60 mph from rest in 3.5 seconds flat, just two-tenths of a second slower than the Mustang GT500.
The Blue Oval took a big risk with this, but it is expecting to reap the rewards for the same. The Mach-E didn’t just represent an electric Mustang; it also happens to be the first Mustang SUV. Mr. Castriota touched base upon this issue, too. He said, “I had the dubious honor of presenting the Mustang Mach-E to our Mustang club presidents. Let’s say, they came in arms crossed, a stern look on their faces. They understood that we’re not taking away anything they love. This is another steed in the stable.”
If you take the Mustang saga out of the equation (if you have a problem with it, that is), the Mach-E is looking to be a great addition to Ford’s lineup. The widespread lineup makes sure Ford can offer something for every potential customer. And, with this news, Ford has managed to pique the interest of folks looking for a performance electric vehicle outside of Tesla. It is still a ‘hopeful’ case, but there is a ray of light, at least.
Do you think the 2021 Mustang Mach-E offering more than 500 or 600 horses is an exciting proposition? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
|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|