In recent months, a number of new Ford vehicles have received virtually universal praise from the press, including the 2021 Ford Bronco this past July and the 2022 Ford Maverick earlier this month. Now that a number of reviewers have had the chance to drive the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition, we can add the high-performance version of The Blue Oval’s EV crossover to that list as well.
As Jerry Perez of The Drive points out, the Mach-E GT had a tall task to accomplish – represent the equivalent of the ICE-powered Mustang GT, a legendary performance machine – but it pulls that off with flying colors.
“So, did Ford pull it off? At the very least, in terms of raw speed that legitimately caught me off guard, I can say this: Hell yes,” Perez said. “Nothing can prepare you for that first stab of the accelerator. Once traffic cleared up, I gave it the beans, expecting something slightly quicker than the base Mach-E. Nope. I immediately felt like I had been roundhouse-kicked in the face, with my head getting thrown back against the headrest many times harder than I would’ve imagined.”
As Mike Sutton of Car and Driver points out, it helps to look past the fact that the Mach-E GT is not a traditional Mustang in any sense, but rather, a compelling electric vehicle with stunning performance.
“Given the GT’s greater power and poise versus lesser Mach-Es, its upcharge – nearly $10K more than a Premium all-wheel-drive model with similar equipment and the same range – seems reasonable,” Sutton says. “Compared to the slightly more expensive Tesla Model Y Performance, it’s better built and far more engaging to operate. As a Mustang, the Mach-E is still earning its place among that nameplate’s storied history. But the GT does prove that, with enough horsepower and handling hardware, even a quiet, accommodating crossover can excite a pony car enthusiast’s grey matter.”
Alexander Stoklosa of MotorTrend actually goes so far as to say that the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E faithfully recreates the feeling of Mustangs of old.
“Is the Mach-E GT worthy of its name?” Stoklosa asks. “No horsing around, it’s certainly a compelling remastering of the GT legend. Not only is it among the quickest Mustangs you can buy, but it also somehow successfully translates the old-school ‘Stang’s frisky handling and head-turning style into an electric SUV.”