2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition

Ford is turning the wick up on its all-electric Mustang Mach-E with this new GT model.

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Available with 480 horsepower and up to 634 pound-feet of torque, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is available in two distinct flavors.

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This Cyber Orange example is the Performance Edition, which hits 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds -- nearly as quick as the Mustang GT500 coupe with its supercharged V8.

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Lesser GT models feature the same 480 hp paired with slightly less torque -- 600 pound feet. That's still a ton of twist. 0-60 happens in a slightly slower 3.8 seconds.

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We got an exclusive ridealong on Ford's toughest and tightest test track and it was so quick and gripped so hard that it actually made us nauseous. 

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The GT's cabin is very similar to the base Mach-E, with changes including available sport seats with copper stitching, faux-suede inserts and a few badges. A few more model-specific touches would help make the GT feel even more distinct and special.

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You can spot a GT on the road by its carbon-finish "grille" insert. There's not actually any flow-through holes for airflow, but it does look more aggressive. Down below, a more aggressive front splitter is bookended by a pair of air curtains.

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On GT models, the pony emblem illuminates so you can spot one more easily at night.

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Active grille shutters automatically open when extra cooling is called for.

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The GT's range between charges varies between 250 miles for the base GT to 235 for the Performance Edition, which has stickier tires.

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Ford has sunk the 88-kWh battery pack into floor of the chassis to help keep the Mach-E GT glued to the ground. Despite being an SUV with a taller roof, Ford's Dave Pericak says this model's center of gravity is nearly the same as a gas-powered Mustang coupe.

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Ford's steering and handling course is designed to expose a car's handling weaknesses and includes a lot of up-and-down sine waves and even some sections where the wheels leave the ground when a performance vehicle is driven in anger.

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The Performance Edition is fitted with Magneride magnetorheological dampers which automatically adjust between firm and soft depending on driving conditions.

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Those trick dampers help disguise how heavy this vehicle is. A base Mach-E can weigh nearly 5,000 pounds and, with its bigger wheels and tires and added equipment, it wouldn't be surprising if this GT is heavier still.

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A new GT-only drive mode, Unbridled Extend, is designed for track use only, but there's nothing preventing anyone from activating this mode on the street, aside from common sense.

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Unbridled Extend ensures you have more power for longer durations on track, plus it loosens up the Mach-E's electronic safety net so you can hang the tail out and have a bit more control.

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The new mode includes a unique powertrain soundtrack pumped into the cabin that's louder than other modes -- good news if you're wearing a helmet.

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If you're just planning on drag racing and don't need max power for more than short durations, standard Unbridled mode might still be your best bet.

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Right about here, your author is questioning whether he should've waited a bit longer to get his second vaccine shot.

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The suspension has been lowered by 10 millimeters, so the GT looks at once meaner and significantly less SUV-like. Body-colored wheel arches and gloss-black rocker panels further this impression.

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Yep, there's a badge on the back.

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Unique 20-inch cross-lace alloys are standard on the Performance Edition and they do a nice job of showing off the larger 15.4-inch front brakes and Brembo calipers. 

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The Mach-E GT comes standard with all-wheel drive. If you don't need grips-at-all-fours traction, lesser models are available in rear-wheel-drive configurations.

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The new 2021 Mach-E GT hits dealers in late summer, with pricing starting at $61,000 ($59,900 MSRP plus $1,100 delivery fee). A Performance Edition like this starts at $66,000 including delivery. Both models will be eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit.

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