For any muscle car die-hards on the brink of finally accepting the all-electric Mach-E as a true Mustang, the new GT and GT Performance might just be the straw that broke the pony’s back.
Even the basic single and dual-motor Mach-Es have proved themselves as fun to drive and fast enough for most drivers. But the GT and even more rapid GT Performance blitz the 60 mph yardstick quicker than a V8-powered ‘real’ Mustang GT, and Ford finally let some independent reviewers get a taste of that for themselves.
Both Mach-E GTs feature dual motors, all-wheel drive, and make 480 hp, which represents a solid 134 hp upgrade over the most powerful non-GT Mach-E. But while the $61,095 GT serves up 600 lb-ft to its 245/45 R20 all-season tires, the $66,095 GT Performance pushes 634 lb-ft to a set of same-size Pirelli P Zero summer boots. That combination helps the Performance get to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, versus 3.8 for the plain GT.
So what are the first reviews saying? Edmunds’ Travis Langness notes that the Performance model’s more focused rubber give it a choppy ride, and isn’t blown away by the minimal changes to the interior marking the GTs out from lesser Mach-Es. But, unsurprisingly, he’s a big fan of the extra performance.
The most thorough review so far comes from Alex “Alex on Autos” Dykes, whose 30-minute video is up to his usual forensic standard, but will leave you feeling like you’ve just been read the entire iTunes update Ts and Cs by a commentator from the Kentucky Derby.
Dykes already runs a regular Mach-E, so is well-placed to comment on the newcomers, and he’s definitely impressed, for the most part. Unlike Edmunds’ man, Dykes reckons the Performance car’s standard MagneRide dampers make it the best-riding of any Mach-E, though his camera shake tells a somewhat different story.
He notes that the torquier Performance version’s ace isn’t just its extra 34 lb-ft, but that the car’s electronics allow it to ramp up to full power more quickly than the non-Performance GT. Dykes even risks (by his own admission) the wrath of ICE-Mustang fans by suggesting the GT twins are more fun than a gas-engined Mustang because the power is so immediate, even if they don’t handle like a classic rear-powered car.
He also suggests the superior build quality and the availability of tax credits not accessible by Tesla owners makes a GT a better buy than a Model Y. But Dykes also claims that for most Mach-E buyers not obsessed about going fast, the stock Mustang EV options (which start at $43,995, almost $20k cheaper) are better value and will do just fine.