Whether or not the Mach-E’s Mustang mere existence raises your blood pressure, you’d agree that once Ford embraced the pony car nomenclature for its all-electric crossover, high-performance models were inevitable. Ford hasn’t yet muddied the Shelby waters with the Mach-E, but we do know that the range-topping EV crossover will have substantial power. Just how much? The all-wheel-drive Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition will boast not 459 hp, as announced at its launch in November of 2019, but 480, as Ford confirmed today.
Torque figures are likewise reworked, from an originally-estimated 612 to 634 lb-ft for the Performance Edition, while the standard GT sits at an even 600 lb-ft. Between the “regular” Mach-E GT and its Performance Edition, former targets a 0–60-mph acceleration time of 3.8 seconds, while the GT Performance Edition should hit 60 mph in just 3.5, putting it on par with Tesla’s Model Y Performance. (Note that even Ford’s company literature specifies that these times are only “targeted,” at this point.) Range is similarly “targeted” at present and sits at an EPA-estimated figure of 235 miles for the GT Performance Edition and 250 miles for the GT. For an EPA-certified range of 300 miles, you’ll have to sacrifice performance and spec a lower-trim Mach-E.
The GT and GT Performance employ a pair of 110-kW electric motors, one on each axle. Hardware upgrades for the GT Performance Edition includes 20-inch wheels with 245/45R Pirelli summer rubber, 19-inch brakes up front with red-painted Brembo brake calipers, and MagneRide dampers.
Aesthetically, GT Performance Edition models get a blacked-out grille with a mesh texture—if pressed, we’d admit to preferring this fascia over the body-colored snout of lesser models—and the requisite cluster of badging. The interior gets sporty seats that, naturally, are clad not in leather but in a “high end synthetic seating material designed to fit perfectly into your active lifestyle.” Right.
Both the Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition, as promised at launch, will be available mid-2021. The GT will start at $60,500 before destination, and pricing details for the Performance Edition will be announced at a later date.