The Mustang Mach-E GT was not the kind of Mustang John Oros imagined in the mid-60s, but it was surely quicker than any muscle car from that era, even with five people on board.
Back in 1964, JFK was in the office, and Mustang started the pony-car culture. Fast forward almost six decades, and there were still unanswered questions about JFK, but we knew that the battery-powered crossover was far away from what Ford imagined about a sports car when it introduced the 1964 ½ Mustang.
Unlike the standard Mach-E, the GT sported a unique orange color and a few fine details that made it look different than its less-powered sibling. Its wide hexagonal black grille featured the iconic wild horse illuminated. The front bumper was different, while the apron featured the active grille shutters. A more aggressive splitter caught the air and diverted it to the sides through a pair of vents, creating an air curtain around the vehicle. The piano-black lower side sills made the profile look slimmer and lower to the ground from its sides. In the back, it was very similar to the regular Mustang Mach-E.
Inside, Ford designers didn't bother to enhance the look too much. Sure, there were some GT stitchings around the cabin on the seats, steering wheel, center armrest, and the door sills. But the bolstered seats were almost the same, and there were no unique carbon-fiber trims as expected in such a performance vehicle.
Under the skin, Ford installed two electric motors that provided 480 hp for both GT versions. The regular model offered 600 lb-ft (814 Nm) of torque, while the Performance version added 34 more lb-ft (46 Nm).
Over half a century has passed since the original Ford Mustang started the pony car segment at the dawning of the muscle car era. For 55 years Ford has kept the Mustang free of the extra versions, but 2019 has changed that completely with the introduction of the Mustang Mach-E, an all-electric crossover inspired by the ICE-powered sport coupe.
To be available from late 2020, the Ford Mustang Mach-E will be offered with both standard and extended-range battery options and permanent magnet motors. Customers will be able to choose between rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive, another option that was never offered on the regular Mustang. Fitted with the extended-range battery and rear-wheel-drive, the Mustang Mach-E has an EPA-estimated range of over 300 miles. The most powerful version has standard all-wheel-drive and an estimated 459 horsepower and 830 Nm (612 lb-ft) of torque, enough for a 0-60 mph (97 kph) in around 3.5 seconds. Unlike other electric cars with a front trunk, the Mach-E's "frunk" is drainable but only offers 4.8 cubic feet of storage space. The rear trunk, which can be accessed through a lift gate, offers 29 cubic feet of space but can be improved to 59.6 cu ft of space if the rear seats are folded down, more than any other Mustang before it.