Most powerful version of Ford’s first EV beats the Jaguar I-Pace and Polestar 2 from 0-100km/h.
Ford has given its range-topping Mustang Mach-E GT a first public outing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, as order books open ahead of customer deliveries later this year.
The 342kW electric SUV has a promise that “nothing in its class can accelerate faster”.
The hot version of the Mach-E, arriving in Europe towards the end of 2021, is claimed to hit 100kph from rest in 3.7 seconds, eclipsing the sprint times of the Jaguar I-Pace and Polestar 2 by more than 0.5sec. It will have more torque than any almost any other production car Ford has ever sold.
Early data suggests the Performance version of the Tesla Model Y electric crossover will complete the same sprint in 3.5sec, but that’s yet to be confirmed.
The GT’s considerable performance advantage over the standard Mach-E comes courtesy of its uprated powertrain. This comprises an electric motor on each axle, producing a combined 342kW and 830Nm, and powered by an 88kWh battery with a targeted range of almost 500km.
The GT is marked out from other Mach-E models by its bespoke 20-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers and the availability of Cyber Orange and Grabber Blue paint options, while the topping Magneride adaptive suspension system is equipped as standard.
It also gains a new Untamed Plus drive mode, intended for track use, which dynamically adjusts traction and stability control for a more exciting driving experience when conditions allow for it.
Ford’s European boss Stuart Rowley said: “The new Mustang Mach-E GT shows what all-electric performance really looks like, but performance counts for nothing without the confidence to use it.
“Our charging initiatives mean Mustang Mach-E customers can enjoy the electrified Mustang driving experience with the knowledge that they can recharge quickly and easily.”
At the GT’s unveiling, Ford confirmed that Mach-E buyers will receive five years of free access to the brand’s expanding FordPass charging network in Europe, which currently comprises more than 155,000 charging stations across the continent.
Ford Australia is yet to confirm the Mach-E for local sale, let alone the high performance Mach-E GT.