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Ford says Mustang Mach-E is ready for track day

GT and GT Performance Edition models have track- and closed-course-only mode

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Back in the 1960s, Ford asked Carroll Shelby to turn a secretary’s car into a racing machine and the result was the Shelby GT350 Mustang. But with the introduction of the electric-powered Mustang Mach-E crossover vehicle, Ford isn’t waiting for Shelby or anyone else to bump up the performance.

Instead, Ford has unveiled what it calls “Unbridled Extend” for its Mach-E GT and Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, “a track- and closed-course-only mode extension for more performance-oriented traction and stability control – including a revamped interior sound.”

The package includes MagneRide suspension, Ford Performance front seats with copper metallic stitching, B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen with nine speakers and subwoofer, and a “unique illuminated pony badge.” Customers can order the cars online or at a Ford EV-certified dealer beginning April 28, the automaker said.

“With Mustang Mach-E GT and Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, we’re pushing the boundaries of what an electric vehicle can offer,” Dave Pericak, the vehicle program director, is quoted in Ford’s announcement. “These Mustang Mach-E models not only give customers the added capability expected from the GT name, but the responsiveness of their electric powertrains will ensure they have a thrilling experience behind the wheel.”

The Mach-E GT comes with all-wheel drive — a secondary electric motor powering the front wheels — with 480 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Ford says the car will hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

The vehicle rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels with Continental all-season tires and red-painted brake calipers. 

The Mach-E GT Performance Edition has the same horsepower but 634 pound-feet of torque, and gets larger brake rotors and high-performance Pirelli tires. 

In addition, the E GT and GT Performance Edition can be equipped with Co-Pilot365 Active 2.0, Ford’s BlueCruise system for “hands-free highway driving.”

The Mach-E GT starts at $59,900 and Mach-E GT Performance Edition at $64,900. For more information, visit the Ford website.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Honestly, the very least they could have done would’ve been to make it resemble a Mustang.
    This thing looks like an import.

  2. I wish Ford had put all of this electric vehicle tech into the Mustang GT as an option at purchase. The Mach E is far from attractive and the only thing that IS attractive is the horse power and torque numbers. Putting all of this into an mini SUV that looks more like a bastardized version of an Escape. Plus putting the Mustang name, and the Mach title is just fundamentally WRONG! Had the done this to a real, honest to god Mustang? Now we have a vehicle to talk about! The Mach E name FITS a Mustang not crossover CUV. I know that’s only one man’s opinion, but I have been building, racing, and loving Mustangs since the 641/2 came through with a V8 motor. I think Ford should be embarrassed.

  3. The reason it has a big stereo system is to drown out the “no noise”…..plus the vehicle does look like an SUV .Two thumbs down.

  4. Barf. If I wanted an SUV I’d buy one. This is absolutely terrible. I could care how fast it goes. IT HAS NO SOUL. What is a neutered Mustang? Well, to be truthful, you should have named it a “Gelding”.

  5. My first car was a 69 Mach One 428 CJ. Currently have a 68 Cougar w/ built 429. I hate the whole electric vehicle and self drive world that we live in but I dont think its going away. If it must be, lets make it handle. Thats my take. Still Fords 4ever guy. Could use a little work on the aesthetics….

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