Ford has started customer deliveries of the Mustang Mach-E GT electric SUV, much earlier than its expected estimate of fall 2021. Macheforum.com user 0t60-3.5 on August 19 posted several images of his new Mach-E GT saying that he took delivery of the SUV on the day before, two weeks earlier than his original estimate of August 31 and September 6.
The user has shared a number of pictures of his new car and also a list of things that he found worth mentioning:
- Dark grey colour looks better in person. Lighter than in the pictures
- Other EV techies drove it with great responses
- “Intense laughter when stomping on the go pedal” and “Feel in the gut”
- Feels like a roller coaster
- Steering wheel feels fantastic and the car has great stability with tight control
- Regeneration is heavy and can feel the GT slow down when he lifts off the pedal
- Power response expectations need to be adjusted
Mach-E’s production center is the converted Cuautitlan Izcalli plant (Mexico) that manufactured Fiestas from 2010 to 2019. Because the production of ICE cars is so much different compared to BEVs, Ford took approximately a year to modify the plant and implement new technologies. The plant also became the first production facility to implement an artificial vision system. The first batch of the Mustang Mach-E GT has already been sold out in the U.S., thus making it one of the hot models from the Blue Oval right now.
Ford offers the Mustang Mach-E GT in standard trim and a Performance Edition, with the latter packing extra oomph over the standard car. The GT variant sports a Carbonized Gray grille with an illuminated pony badge, red brake calipers, and GT series badging in both the trims.
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The Mustang Mach-E GT has 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with Aero Cover, which look undeniably bizarre, in our opinion. The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition has 20-inch machined-face Ebony Black-painted aluminum wheels that look quite attractive and suit the performance theme of the variant. Moreover, these wheels come wrapped in 245/45R20 Pirelli summer tires, unavailable on the standard GT.
All the six color options of the standard variant – Dark Matter Gray Metallic, Shadow Black, Iconic Silver Metallic, Space White Metallic, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Star White Metallic Tri-Coat – are available for the GT variant. Additionally, the color palette includes the Grabber Blue Metallic option of the sold-out First Edition and an exclusive Cyber orange Metallic Tri-Coat option.
Youtube channel BigBoyJohn has also recently uploaded a video showing the walkaround of a blue-colored Mustang Mach-E. The car is said to have been adorned with the ‘performance package’, including 2-inch machined alloy wheels, GT badge embossed on the front centre armrest and performance grey ActiveX material for seats.
As for the interior, the Mustang Mach-E GT is distinguished with sport-style seats with ActiveX seating material with Miko insert and Copper Metallic stitching. The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition sports Ford Performance front seats with Performance Gray ActiveX seating material with unique Miko perforated reflective insert and metallic stitching. The instrument panel bears a unique aluminum applique. An exclusive interior feature common to GT trims is front door scuff plates with metal inserts with Pony graphic and GT lettering.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is available with only the extended-range (ER) 88 kWh battery pack. While the ER battery pack is available in the regular Mustang Mach-E, the specially tuned two motors generating 480 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. (GT)/634 lb.-ft. (GT Performance Edition) of torque are exclusive to the GT. A 0-60 mph sprint takes 3.8 seconds (GT)/3.5 seconds (GT Performance Edition).
Stopping power comes from bigger brakes, 19-inch ventilated discs at the front, and 19-inch solid discs at the rear. The GT Performance Trim takes exclusivity a step ahead with 385-millimeter front rotors with (red-painted) Brembo-branded calipers. It includes the MagneRide Damping System for improved handling performance as well.
Mach-E GT tested at the drag strip
Ford Mach-E Forum member 0t60-3.5 followed up on his delivery of the Mach-E GT with a trip to Cedar Falls Motorsport Park, Iowa, where he tested the SUV’s 1/4 mile capability on the drag strip. While not record-breaking, the Mach-E managed to post impressive times despite this Mustang being powered by batteries and not gasoline. Here are the numbers as posted by 0t60-3.5:
|1/4 mile||12.657 seconds @ 100.02 mph|
|1,000 ft||10.433 seconds|
|1/8 mile||8.03 seconds @ 86.67 mph|
|330 ft||5.26 seconds|
|60 ft||1.99 seconds|
|0-10 mph||0.58 seconds|
|0-20 mph||1.20 seconds|
|0-30 mph||1.80 seconds|
|0-40 mph||2.44 seconds|
|0-50 mph||3.21 seconds|
|0-60 mph||4.12 seconds|
|0-60 (1 ft)||3.89 seconds|
0t60-3.5 does mention that the Mach-E wasn’t running at the recommended specs. For example, the car was not switched into ‘Unbridled Mode,’ Ford’s take on ‘track mode.’ Additionally, tire pressure was set at 42 PSI instead of the recommended 39 PSI, and the battery was running at 72 percent charge. These factors could have resulted in a slightly limited performance. He also mentions that he was carrying photo and video gear, about 125 lbs over the standard driver, with no cargo weight.
In June, the Mustang Mach-E GT and Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition completed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certification and range labeling formalities. The claimed maximum driving range of the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT stands at 270 miles, while that of the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is rated at 260 miles (both EPA-estimated ranges). These figures are more than the erstwhile Ford target of 250 miles for the Mustang Mach-E GT and 235 miles for the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT retails at USD 59,900, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition’s MSRP is USD 64,900. The USD 5,000 premium brings plenty of attractive upgrades and looks totally worth it. According to Darren Palmer, Global Director, battery electric vehicles, Ford Motor Company, more than 50 percent of the orders have come for the Performance Edition version. Do note that these prices do not include the USD 7,500 Federal Tax Credit.
Ford Fragrance for petrol fans – Mach-Eau GT
Ford has come up with a new premium fragrance for those who miss the ‘aroma’ of a gasoline car in a BEV, which smells like the traditional fossil fuel. Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021, the new fragrance has been created to attract more traditional ICE-engine car enthusiasts towards electric cars and is named ‘Mach-Eau GT.’
Created in collaboration with ‘Olfiction,’ the Mach-Eau GT doesn’t smell completely like petrol. However, it somewhat is a mix-up of smoky accords, rubber, and an ‘animal’ element. Pia Long, the project head, has said that the main inspiration came from chemicals emitted from engines, petrol, and the car’s interior. These chemicals include benzaldehyde for the almond-like scent from car interiors and para-cresol for the rubber-like smell of tires.
The final scent was created by mixing these chemicals with lavender, blue ginger, geranium, sandalwood, and an undisclosed ‘animal’ element. The last one has been added to give an impression of horses, symbolizing the Mustang brand. The Mach-Eau GT is not available yet for purchase.
Mustang Mach-E is America’s 2nd best selling e-SUV
With sales beginning in December 2020, the Mustang Mach-E has already become America’s second-best-selling SUV behind the Tesla Model Y. Demand for the Mach-E has only been on the rise. While in December, the company delivered 3 units, Ford is now delivering over 2,000 units every month. January to August sales are already at 17,277 units in the U.S., and customers are picking up new SUVs as soon as they hit the showrooms. There is no confirmation on Mach-E’s margins. However, Ford has said that the SUV is already profitable.
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