It’s not a Mustang! That sentiment was pervasive when Ford announced, to the chagrin of the millions of Mustang enthusiasts out there, it would put the Mustang badge onto an all-electric (cough) crossover. The “all-electric” part is not what rubbed enthusiasts the wrong way. It’s the “crossover” part that had many people, myself included, up in arms over the name and use of the hallowed badge.
I was an outspoken critic, until I actually drove the Mustang Mach-E for a week. Now, the first impression driving reviews of the performance-oriented Mustang Mach-E GT are hitting the interwebs. While I didn’t get a week behind the wheel of the Mustang Mach-E GT, I really only needed two hot laps to form my first impression.
And that impression is: This is most definitely a Mustang.
During Motor Bella a few weeks ago, I was able to ride along with a professional driver on a road course in the Mustang Mach-E GT and got to experience how this all-electric crossover can perform. It hugged the road and cornered like it was on all rails. The instant take off from all the torque felt like an amusement park ride. Sure, there was no visceral growl like that in a GT500, but other than that, this crossover will likely win over most skeptics.
While the all-wheel drive may be repellent for some of the die hards, you can turn off the electronic stability control (ESC) and get a little loose as my driver showed me. It was quite exhilarating. I wasn’t surprised that I liked it as I really enjoyed my time in the regular Mustang Mach-E. So, of course, I’d like a faster, more performance-oriented version.
Heck, my time behind the wheel of the regular MME was enough to convince to me to change my tune on Ford’s use of the Mustang badge. Okay, Ford, you win, it’s a Mustang. But now with the GT and the Performance Edition, this should put this #NotAMustang debate to bed once and for all.
Let’s look at some ways that the Mustang Mach-E GT really is a Mustang.
Whether a crossover can be a pony car or vice versa is a ridiculous argument. It cannot. But that doesn’t mean a crossover, with a Mustang badge can’t drive like a pony car. And in the case of the Mustang Mach-E GT, it has plenty of power and performance to go around. It’s faster than most muscle cars on the road with 480 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.
Plus, the Mustang Mach-E GT boasts a 0-to-60-MPH time of 3.8 seconds (For reference, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat boasts a 0-to-60-MPH time of 3.7 seconds). Judging from my hot laps, I can vouch for these numbers, though I was too over stimulated to put a stopwatch on it. The instant torque is tremendous and everything you’d expect from an EV, although some have said that type of performance is lacking in the standard Mustang Mach-E.
Red Brembo front calipers and painted-red rear brake calipers showcase the performance-oriented side. Afterall, when going 0-60 in under 4 seconds, you want to stop fast too.
For those holding out for more Mustang-like performance, the GT is worth the wait.
Just slapping a Mustang emblem on the front of a crossover doesn’t make it a Mustang. But the Mustang Mach-E GT has a special, identifiable front fascia, including a blacked-out grille. Even cooler than that, the pony emblem on the grille lights up.
Similar to the Mustang GT, the pony logo on the back is replaced with the GT logo to make it quite clear this is not the regular Mustang Mach-E. Plus, the Mustang Mach-E GT rides on special 20-inch machined-face aluminum wheels high-gloss black-painted pockets and aero covers with 245/45R20 Continental all-season tires.
Inside, there’s GT-specific features adding distinction, including sport-style front seats that feature Black Onyx ActiveX material. There’s also multi-color ambient lighting; front-door scuff plates with metal inserts, pony graphic and GT lettering; and an aluminum appliqué instrument panel.
The interior look is completed with special copper-colored stitching and piping throughout. Some critics felt the regular Mustang Mach-E was a little too plain. Well, the MME GT silences those critics.
If you’re impressed with the 0-to-60-MPH times of the GT, the Performance Edition of the GT does even better with a time of 3.5 seconds and slightly better torque at 634 pound-feet — though the 480 horses are the same. Additionally, the Performance Edition gets its own specific rotors and suspension systems well as summer-only tires.
While this is a cool performance option, it’s a drawback to many in the Midwest with colder weather. Sure it has AWD, but the summer tires will make it challenging in snow and ice. Although with the summer tires and the MagneRide Damping System, the handling (in good road conditions) is amazing.
One of my hot laps was in the Performance Edition, and you can tell a difference in how it handles a track. If the Mustang Mach-E GT earns the Mustang name, the Performance Edition will win over the last remaining skeptics.
But at $5,000 more to the bottom line, is it worth it? It’s important to note that the Performance Edition has slightly less range than the GT, as the GT has an estimated range of 270 miles while the Performance Edition has an estimated range of 260 miles.
As a Mustang historian (I’ve written a book called Mustang by Design) and someone who actually started a petition imploring Ford not to put the Mustang name on a crossover, I will say the Mustang Mach-E GT is very much worthy of the Mustang name.
Many may not like a Mustang name or emblem on a crossover, but the MME GT will win people over with how it drives and performs. You can even pipe in artificial sound in Unbridled mode. That’s pretty cool.