The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is a high performance version of the Mustang Mach-E, which even in its basic form has good performance anyway – so is the GT worth the extra price premium?
The basic Ford Mustang Mach-E is a good car, with sufficient performance, but Ford has now given us the Mach-E GT, with even more power, and a heftier price tag – so is it worth opting for the GT model?
The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT has a 96 kWh battery, two electric motors producing 487 PS of power and 680 Nm of torque, and all-wheel drive.
Visually, the GT is similar to the regular Mach-E but with larger 20-inch wheels (which look like they should be standard fitment on all Mach-E models) and some minor styling changes.
So the basic recipe is unchanged – a sports car/SUV fusion with a spacious interior, a big 502-litre boot, and a large front trunk.
The dashboard remains quite basic (and dark), with the tall central touchscreen being the main feature.
Other colours are available apart from the ‘Cyber Orange’ of our test car.
Before you can drive the Mustang Mach-E GT you have to get into it, and this is achieved by pressing a button on the door frame which makes the door pop open Above the button is a series of numbers which can be used as a code to unlock the car (or you can use your phone).
Once you’re in, you’ll find that the steering wheel doesn’t extend out particularly far.
The gear selector is a rotary dial between the two front seats. Most cars with a rotary dial gear selector have a button in the centre for Park. But not so in the Mustang; the button in the centre is marked ‘L’, which provides increased levels of brake regeneration. If you press this button to secure the car on a hill then you’ll find the car rolls away.
Moving off at low speed you may well experience various noises from the suspension, which is firmer than that on the standard Mach-E. You’ll notice the firmness on poor road surfaces, but the Mach-E’s ride remains comfortable on smooth motorways.
And it’s on motorways when you’ll probably have the best chance to use the performance of the Mach-E GT. Progress is effortless at motorway speeds, with instant responses when you want to overtake. This is a result of the 487 PS of power and 680 Nm of torque, which delivers a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds.
The Mach-E GT also has all-wheel drive. Our test was carried out in winter, when, despite all-wheel drive, the Mach-E GT had more power than grip on cold and wet roads. This was the case in all three drive modes: Whisper, Active and Untamed. Once you’ve chosen a drive mode, the car stays in the same mode the next time you start the car. You can also switch off the traction control via a button on the right of the steering wheel, not that there’s much traction control evident with the system on.
The GT’s handling is more rewarding than many EVs, but at 2,273 kg, the GT has a heavier weight than the standard Mach-E model (1,993 kg).
Like most car controls, the drive modes aren’t accessed by a convenient one-touch physical button on the dashboard, but through a car icon at the top right of the touchscreen.
One function which is accessed by a physical button on the steering wheel is the ability to switch off the lane departure warning system – if you don’t switch this off, the Mach-E is horrible to drive on a motorway, with the steering rather than the driver constantly being in control of the car.
At the top of the touchscreen is a button that brings up a menu for functions such as radio, phone and nav. Having permanent shortcut buttons for these main controls would be better.
The temperature controls are always at the bottom of the screen, allowing you to change items such as cabin temperature, heated seats and heated steering wheel. Slightly strangely positioned in the middle of the temperature controls is a volume dial.
Some areas for improvement include the emergency braking system, which can be over-active in city traffic, the seats have too much padding at the top which dig into your shoulders, and the wipers skipped noisily over the windscreen on our test car.
The official combined WLTP electric driving range of the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is 310 miles. After a week of mixed driving, with around 80% on motorways, the real-world driving range was averaging 270 miles.
The Mustang Mach-E GT has a maximum rapid charging rate of 150 kW, which should result in a 10% to 80% charge taking 45 minutes.
Electric cars do not charge at their maximum charge rate for an entire charging session – their charge rate typically starts off high with a battery with a low state of charge, then the charge rate decreases as the battery charge increases. See the charge curve for the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT from Fastned:
The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT costs £74,540. Our test car had ‘Cyber Orange exclusive body colour’ (£1,150) and a detachable tow bar (£730), taking its total price to £76,420.
Other Mach-E models include the entry-level Mach-E Select, which has a 70 kWh battery, rear-wheel drive, and a driving range of 273 miles.
The Premium RWD model has a 91 kWh battery, all-wheel drive, and a driving range of 372 miles.
And there’s a Premium AWD model which has a 91 kWh battery, all-wheel drive, and a driving range of 341 miles.
The ‘standard’ Ford Mustang Mach-E is a very good car, offering an impressive driving experience thanks to decent performance and a comfortable ride. The GT model adds more performance – which isn’t fully usable in everyday driving, and the result is more power than grip on wet and cold winter roads. The GT’s ride quality isn’t as comfortable, and the driving range is reduced. And then there’s the higher price – £74,540 compared to the base model costing £50,830 – for a car that doesn’t have the ‘premium’ interior of many rivals. So the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is still a good car, but whereas the standard Mach-E scored a 10/10, the GT is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 9 out of 10.