Colin Goodwin says the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT has an official maximum range of 310 miles, which is 25 miles less than the standard (long range) version.
The day before I drove this Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, I spent a happy few hours driving a restored and modified Ferrari Dino.
In this 1973 beauty, the original V6 engine was replaced with a V8 from a later 308GTB, which had also been rebored and stroked from 3.0 to 3.8 litres.
The brakes of a ’00s 360 Modena had been adjusted to cope with the car’s power output, now 365 hp, and it had modern dampers to improve the almost 50-year-old Ferrari’s handling.
The overall package offered fantastic yet realistic performance, an amazing soundtrack and also a surprisingly comfortable ride. Definitely the best day trip of the year – or even several years.
And now for the Ford. The Mach-E GT is the new high-performance version of Ford’s electric SUV. The standard Mach-E has 360 hp, but the GT has a whopping 480 hp.
That’s even more than the 5.0-liter V8 of the “proper” gasoline-powered Mustang Mach 1 produces. The torque the GT produces is even more incredible: a whopping 860 Nm or 634 lb ft in old money.
It will do 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds. You might want to demonstrate this to your buddies, but it’ll probably make them sick. All other Mach-Es are limited to a top speed of 111 mph, but the GT goes up to 124 mph.
But there’s a problem with all these super powerful electric vehicles. Cars like the Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model S, and even the Kia EV6 all have stunning acceleration and performance, but what you really want is to be able to go a long way on a single charge.
The Mach-E GT has an official maximum range of 310 miles, which is 25 miles less than the standard (long range) version. For the £68,030 the GT costs you get a lot of old-school performance, but it doesn’t get you that far.
Ford did a lot to make the GT look different than the regular Mach-E. There’s a new false grille with air intakes underneath – not necessary as this is an electric vehicle – and a redesigned front bumper that helps channel air around the GT’s wider tires.
The ride height has also been lowered by 10mm.
There are also side skirts and a GT badge replacing the horse on the tailgate, and there are two exclusive shades for the GT – Cyber Orange and Grabber Blue. The Mach-E is a good looking engine and it looks even better in these colors. Our test car, on the other hand, is optionally painted in Rapid Red.
The first thing that strikes you about the Mach-E GT is how bad the ride is. Few cars I’ve driven are as bad on broken surfaces as this Ford.
After turning your fellow passengers green while you demonstrate the car’s breathtaking acceleration, you can drop them off at the osteopath.
To further emphasize the sportiness of the Mach-E, the GT, like all other models, is equipped with a sound generator. It actually works quite well and makes the car sound like it has a big petrol engine under the hood, maybe eight cylinders.
But there is no tone change, because in an electric car there is no gear change.
After a while the novelty of this sports car soundtrack wears off and the fake noises sound like the kind of thing they play to torture prisoners. If you want sports car sounds, get the real thing, like this Ferrari Dino.
The Mach-E looks better than Aston Martin’s DBX in my opinion. But unfortunately the materials inside are disappointing for a £68k car.
Steering columns and the few switches you get – most functions are controlled via the huge 15.5-inch Tesla-like screen – have been carried over from cheaper Ford models.
The Ford Mach-E GT is impressive and good looking on paper, but it’s expensive and has performance that’s useless on a public road.
The regular Mach-E is more than adequate.
Ford Mustang Mach-E GT five-door crossover
Engine: Two electric motors, 99 kWh battery, 480 hp
0-62mph: 3.7 sec
Area: 310 miles
https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/motoring/ford-mustang-mach-e-gt-26813782 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT review: "Car is impressive but not great on public roads" - Colin Goodwin