This electric SUV delivers sports car-like acceleration.
"Nothing in its class accelerates faster."
That's the bold new claim made by Ford after the automaker shared acceleration times for the Mustang Mach-E GT as the model makes its debut in the European market. Is it a baseless claim or is Ford right about its upcoming electric crossover being faster than all its rivals, a group that includes the Tesla Model Y? Well, we're as keen to find out as many customers, considering that 30 percent of initial Mach-E pre-orders were for the high-performance GT.
The 459-horsepower, dual-motor Mustang Mach-E GT sends power to all four corners and will sprint from zero to 62 mph in a rapid 3.7 seconds before reaching a top speed limited to 124 mph.
Helped along by 612 lb-ft of torque, the Mach-E GT is undoubtedly one of the quickest SUVs in the world, getting to 60 mph before hardcore but conventionally-powered SUVs like the Porsche Macan Turbo. But what about its more direct Tesla Model Y rival?
Well, Ford claims that the GT's 0-62 mph time is "equal" to what the Model Y can achieve. That appears to be accurate since Tesla officially claims a 3.5-second time for the Model Y Performance over the slightly briefer 0-60 mph run. Both cars will have to be tested together under the same conditions to make a definitive statement about which is faster, it seems. The GT is comfortably quicker than the Jaguar I-Pace and the Audi e-tron, though. Even the e-tron S requires 4.5 seconds to reach 62 mph.
Customers won't have to shell out on the pricey GT to go quickly in a Mustang Mach-E, however, as the extended-range version will reach 62 mph in 5.1 seconds, comparing well with the Tesla Model Y Long Range (0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds).
The potent GT boasts an 88 kWh battery that allows for a WLTP-rated range of up to 310 miles, while the less powerful version with the extended-range battery and AWD has a range of 335 miles, besting the Model Y Long Range's EPA-rated 316-mile range.
With RWD, the Mach-E's range goes up to an impressive 379 miles, but again, these are WLTP figures. With the FordPass Charging Network, European customers will have access to over 155,000 charge stations.
The other debut is the insane Mustang Mach-E 1400, a prototype with 1,400 PS (1,381 hp). "One is a production model, the other an extreme prototype, but our Mustang Mach-E GT and Mustang Mach-E 1400 have something in common, which is immediate, adaptable power delivery," said Stuart Rowley, president at Ford of Europe.
With sleek looks and performance numbers that prove it can confidently take on Tesla, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is one of the most exciting EVs to arrive this year. In the US, deliveries are set to begin in December.