Street Check: Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Efficiency Version


The Hottest Mach-E

When Clear Fleet Report first reported on the Ford Mustang Mach-E in March 2021, we had been impressed with its styling, vary, and customary options, however what we had been lusting for was to get behind the wheel of the Efficiency Version GT model, which wasn’t accessible on the Mach-E launch. Our want has been granted now that Ford has launched the GT model.

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition
Lastly, the Efficiency Version

What Is the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Efficiency Version?

As with generations of ICE Mustangs, the GT is the extra highly effective, higher dealing with, and sportier-looking model of the Mach-E. It contains bigger electrical motors–one on every axle–with 480 horsepower and 600 pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque. The biggest Mach-E battery, a 93-kilowatt-hour (kWh, with 88-kWh usable) unit, is customary. The suspension is stiffer, together with bigger brakes, 20-inch wheels shod in efficiency all-season tires, and a pair of comfy 8-way energy driver and passenger efficiency seats which can be lined in grippy Miko suede inserts and a Miko suede-wrapped steering wheel.

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition
All it’s essential to know

On the high of the GT lineup is the Efficiency Version. This $5,000 choice retains the identical drivetrain, with torque elevated to 634 lb.-ft., MagneRide shocks, upgraded Brembo entrance brakes and summer time efficiency tires. With these performance-oriented bits, the EPA vary drops from 270 miles to 260. Nevertheless, in real-world driving, the vary was very near the common Mach-E prolonged vary variations. Ford claims a 0-60 mph time within the 3.5-second vary. Whereas we didn’t time the GT, it positive appeared like a mid-three-second automotive. The GT-PE additionally permits “One Pedal Driving” utilizing the automotive’s regenerative capabilities to sluggish and cease with out touching the brake pedal.

Charging the GT PE is thru a CCS combo connector that has as much as 150kW DC fast-charging functionality and 10.5 kW AC L2 charging. With DC quick charging, 20 to 80% charging may be achieved in underneath an hour. Whereas it’s not the quickest charging on the market right this moment, it’s fast sufficient for a battery as massive because the GT-PE has.

A Snug however Sporty Cabin

The cabin’s consolation, security, and value are important attributes of any car. How do the seats really feel, are the devices worthwhile and intuitive, and does the inside entertain and delight? The GT Efficiency Version (PE) does very nicely on all of those attributes.

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition
A clear cabin

It’s virtually an identical to the lesser Mach-E trims, however with the 8-way energy driver and passenger efficiency seats with the Miko suede bits. It has the identical 10.2-inch driver data cluster and a colossal 15.5-inch heart high-resolution show. Topping this off is a regular 560-watt Bang&Olufsen sound system with 10 audio system, together with an externally coupled subwoofer that makes use of the Mach-E’s cabin quantity to provide highly effective bass. Our GT-PE got here with the elective panoramic glass roof. Regardless of the whole inside high being glass, we had been by no means distracted by glare or warmth. Glass roofs appear to be the fad nowadays relatively than a metal ones or a moveable sunroof. It’s a wonderful design remedy and works nicely within the GT-PE. 

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition
Room in again

For the reason that introduction of the Mach-E, Ford has put in {hardware} to allow hands-free driving. Not too long ago the software program was enabled to reap the benefits of this expertise. The identify has modified from Energetic Drive Help to Ford Co-Pilot 360 Energetic 2.0 and BlueCruise, which is actually hands-free adaptive cruise management. It’s a clear expertise not a lot completely different from common adaptive cruise management with lane centering. There is only one setting to activate it, after which the driving force engages and disengages it identical to one would anticipate with common adaptive cruise management. The automotive retains monitor of the place the driving force is wanting and reminds the driving force to maintain their eyes on the highway if their eyes stray for too lengthy. If the BlueCruise has issue seeing the road, the system passes management again to the driving force till it feels okay to take over once more.

It doesn’t take lengthy to get used to BlueCruise and its quirks, and shortly it turns into a pure means of letting the automotive navigate itself. The Ford Co-Pilot 360 Energetic 2.0 system is elective for the Mach-E, however relatively than paying $10,000 to be a beta tester (ahem, Tesla), Ford solely asks $1,900 for probably the greatest superior driver help methods (ADAS) on the highway right this moment.

The one distraction within the inside was the sports activities suspension and tires. As one would anticipate with a sport-tuned automotive with summer time efficiency tires, the experience is agency and, relying on the highway, easy and quiet to downright harsh and noisy, no matter which of the three efficiency settings–Whisper, Interact or Unbridled–is activated.

What Form of Vary Did the GT-PE Return?

After we first examined the vary of the Mach-E on our 456-mile take a look at loop final 12 months, we had been impressed with the Premium RWD Prolonged Vary model. The take a look at loop begins at sea stage in San Jose, Calif., and features a 7,377-foot (ft.) cross earlier than settling in at 6,327 ft. in South Lake Tahoe. Primarily, it’s interstate flatland roads for half the journey, then up and over one of many highest mountain highway passes within the Sierra Nevada mountain vary. 

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition
Stunning vary to accompany the ability

On that journey, we achieved a spread of 249 miles on the uphill part and 313 miles on the downhill part.

With the GT-PE’s AWD and extra highly effective motors, we didn’t anticipate to match the RWD’s vary, however we had been stunned when the GT-PE bested the Prolonged Vary model with 251 miles on the uphill part and 309 miles on the downhill part. We ran the each Mach-Es in Whisper mode in all vary checks and stayed on the velocity restrict. We attribute the drive mode (when the GT-PE is pushed solely by the rear motor relatively than each motors) for the vary we achieved. 

Regardless of the frugalness that the GT-PE is able to, plant your foot deep within the go-pedal, and also you higher maintain on. Energy is instantaneous and is assured to push you arduous into your seat. It grew to become customary process that we gave our passengers a “put together for launch” heads-up after we had been going to flooring it.

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition
And a frunk

The Mach-E and the GT-PE model is a top-tier EV, with efficiency and vary on par with the competitors. The shopper vehicles within the subject have been comparatively trouble-free, with just a few teething points anticipated with new applied sciences and merchandise. Ford has labored very arduous to establish and proper issues which have come up thus far and is working arduous to get its franchised supplier community in control in servicing the Mach-E and the opposite EV and PHEVs within the Ford portfolio. Over-the-air updates (OTA) are an integral a part of the enhancement strategy of updating the Mach-E. This dedication by Ford has paid off, because the 2022 Mach-E has sold-out and orders for 2023 mannequin may be positioned quickly. This success has made Ford the #2 vendor of EVs in the US.

Ford Mach-E GT MSRP Pricing

  • Value as examined                        $69,600
  • Mach-E GT AWD                     $59,900
  • GT Efficiency Version         $5,000
  • Metallic Paint                         $400
  • Panoramic Glass Roof             $1,300
  • Ford Co-Pilot 360 Energetic 2.0   $1,900
  • Vacation spot & Supply           $1,100

Story & photographs by Gary Lieber.

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