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November 18, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

The All-New, All-Electric Mustang Mach-E

I don’t want to start on a negative because I think Ford killed it with this one, but I’ve seen too much on the Internet already about “this not being a Mustang” and that it “should have been called something else” to not address.

First, Ford is literally the only entity that can determine what a Mustang is so regardless of how many Fords you own or blue oval tats you have it’s not really up to you to define their flagship car. Second, if you’re truly a car person then it shouldn’t matter to you if this is called a Mustang because a car’s name is quite possibly the least important attribute, it’s about performance and styling. And that’s not to say brand loyalty isn’t important, but you shouldn’t love and hate based off of that.

All that being said, let’s look at what makes the Mach-E so kick ass. The Mach-E will have two performance offerings, in addition to the base 332hp and 417lb.-ft. of torque model, a GT and a GT Performance Edition. Both GT offerings are expecting around 459hp and 612lb.-ft. of torque giving them 0-60mph times in the high and mid 3-second range, respectively. These times make the, according to Ford, GT comparable to the Porsche Macan Turbo and the GT Performance Edition similar to the Porsche 911 GTS.

The ever important range on the Mach-E is around 300 miles depending on the battery option and drivetrain, but that puts it about on par with the current EV flag bearer, Tesla. Since 80% of EV charging is done at home Ford is offering a Ford Connected Charging station to compliment their “largest public charging network in the country.” The at home station will charge the Mach-E 32-miles in one hour while DC fast chargers can give you 47 miles of range in just 10 minutes. Additionally, these DC fast chargers can take the car from 10% to 80% charged in 32 minutes.

Via Ford:
In addition to blistering acceleration, Mustang Mach-E will be available with Brembo’s all-new performance Flexira aluminum calipers, which maintain the functionality of a fixed caliper while being designed with the dimensions of a floating caliper. The GT Performance Edition is equipped with a MagneRide damping system, adaptive suspension technology that lets drivers hug the road while delivering an exciting, comfortable ride.

Performance gives new meaning to the word ‘electrifying’

Mustang Mach-E delivers three unique drive experiences – Whisper, Engage and Unbridled – each offering finely tuned driving dynamics packaged with a distinct sensory experience. Features include custom-designed vehicle responsiveness such as sportier steering controls, ambient lighting, sounds tuned for an authentic all-electric experience, and dynamic cluster animations that are tied to driving behavior.

When the vehicle launches, a new Mach-E 4 all-wheel drive system will be available that can apply torque independently to the front and rear axles to deliver impressive acceleration and improved handling over the rear-wheel drive model. Ford tuned this system to provide excellent traction on the road, rigorously testing the vehicle in wet and snowy terrain to help control for slippery conditions. Mach-E is the first production vehicle to be tuned by the Ford Performance team utilizing Ford’s racing simulator in North Carolina.

Seamless technology that easily adapts to your lifestyle

Making its debut in the Mach-E is the next-generation SYNC® communications and entertainment system, a sleek and modern interface that uses machine learning to quickly learn drivers’ preferences, and gets even better over time thanks to advanced over-the-air updates. Next-generation SYNC’s 15.5-inch screen and simple interface ditches complicated menus, making it easier to access features with touch, swipe and pinch controls that every smartphone owner will be comfortable using.

Ford is now accepting reservations for a $500 refundable fee.

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